Filmmakers and Financing - Business Plans for Independents

02.07.2013 15:31

Filmmakers and Financing


Business Plans for Independents

By Louise Levison

Available Now!


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"Buying this book is the first step to becoming a successful, independent filmmaker. It helped me launch my company."

-Rick Pamplin, The Pamplin Film Company


Heralded throughout the industry as the guru and of film business plans, Louise Levison is back with her 7th edition of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents, available now from the Focal Press. Levison's clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million


In this new and updated ultimate filmmaker's guide, Louise Levison gives readers easy-to-use steps for writing an investor-winning business plan for a feature film including comprehensive explanations for each of the eight sections of a plan, a full financial section with text and tables, a complete sample business plan, a companion website with additional information for various chapters and detailed financial instructions (advanced math not needed), and much more!


Highlights of the newly revised, updated and expanded edition include two new chapters important for filmmakers in the new age to understand. The sections are:

* BREAKING THE RULES: how plans for documentary, animated and large format feature films differ

* OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY: Communicating with investors:,

pitching to them, learning to listen to what they say and the experiences of other indie filmmakers


Filmmakers & Financing by Louise Levison is out now. For more information, visit:


About The Author:

Louise Levison ( has a 22-year track record creating business plans for films (both single and slates) and other entertainment companies. She teaches in the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor, which is available for free download on her website. Her clients have raised money for individual films with budgets from $100,000 to $30 million and slates with budgets totalling up to $300 million. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an MA in Asian Area Studies and an MBA in finance