43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film: A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance

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SIU Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 191 pages
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Each year, thousands of potential filmmakers ask, "How can I finance a feature film?" Yet, until this unprecedented new book by John W. Cones, there has been no comprehensive answer to the question. Writing in a clear, informative style, Cones outlines and explains the numerous and diverse forms of financing available to independent film producers. As an objective adviser, he refrains from advocating one form of financing over another, choosing instead to provide specific, concise information regarding the many possible financing strategies. Cones groups his forty-three methods of film financing into four major areas: industry financing, lender financing, investor financing, and foreign financing. In each of the forty-three chapters, he focuses on one kind of film finance, summarizing the financing vehicle, entity, and technique or transaction, and analyzing its advantages and disadvantages. At the end of each chapter is an extensive bibliography of additional information about the particular form of film finance discussed. In covering the scope of film financing, Cones ranges from a discussion of studio-based independent production company methods to an examination of lender financing without distributor contracts to a detailed analysis of active and passive investor vehicles and foreign tax shelters and incentives. Although the book focuses on financing feature films, much of its information is relevant to the financing of other kinds of projects, such as short films, documentaries, videos, and multi-media and theatrical endeavors. For those individuals considering making or investing in a feature film - such as producers, executive producers, attorneys, screenwriters, and investors -it is an indispensable resource, one that will serve them well in determining the best methods to finance the production costs of a specific project.
 

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Contents

Financing
17
Lender Financing Without Distributor Contracts
41
Artificial Pickups
56
The Selffunded Sole Proprietorship
75
The InvestorFinancing Agreement
82
The Initial Incorporation
90
The Investment Contract
94
Limited Partnerships
97
OvertheCounter Companies
131
A NASDAQ Company 133
136
Convertible or Participatory Debt Instruments
140
Regulation D Rule 504 Offerings
143
Regulation D Rule 505 Offerings
148
Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings
152
Foreign Financing
157
Blocked Currency or Blocked Funds Deals
159

Limited Liability Companies
102
Corporate Financing
105
The OutofState Corporation
110
S Corporations
113
Small Corporate Offering Registration
118
Regulation A Offerings
121
Regulation SB Public Offerings
124
Sl Public Registered Offerings
127
Foreign Currency Deals
163
Foreign BelowtheLine or Facilities Deals
165
International Coproductions
167
Foreign Tax Shelters and Incentives 171
176
ForeignEquity Financing
178
Index
183
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

John W. Cones is a securities and entertainment attorney based in California. He is the author of The Feature Film Distribution Deal, Film Finance and Distribution?A Dictionary of Terms, and Film Industry Contracts.

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