Spotlight: Financing Your Film

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You’ve got your script locked, and if you’re really lucky, you even have some exciting attachments (besides yourself of course). Now you’re thinking, “What do I have to do to get financiers to show me the money?!”

One of the most important things you need to do is ask. But first, make sure you’re ready to answer a flood of questions from any potential financier. In this course, award-winning financier Noor Ahmed takes you step-by-step through the different stages of the financing process at all different levels of indie films.

From understanding your genre to negotiating contracts to the changing landscape of film, it’s your perfect primer on how to think about your project like the business person you need to be as an independent filmmaker.

Topics include: Waterfalls and payouts, acquiring rights, aggregators versus distributors, building teams, pitching financiers, managing expectations, best-selling genres, negotiating deals, making contracts with collaborators and post-pandemic filmmaking.

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What People Are Saying

Very helpful for filmmakers. I wish I had taken this course before I made my first feature film, because it was a long journey to figure out distribution and marketing by myself.


There’s a lot of useful strategies this course gives that should be done before the filmmaker shoots their film.


Super inspiring insights on how to approach marketing and distribution.


[The course] covered everything I wanted!


MediaU meets filmmakers’ needs and helps us navigate the exciting filmmaking world.


It was more than I might have anticipated—in a wonderful way!


OMG! Pumped! Really loved all the information. I did nerdily dance about when I started the course because I got so pumped. I wrote furious notes.


Very useful, practical, and detailed.


Marketing can be such a broad topic, and this course really breaks it down into specific steps along the way.


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