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    Filmmakers Will Connect with Investors via New Online Film Financing Company Passion First Funding Portal

    Passion First Funding Portal, a new online film financing company, was announced recently at The Sundance Film Festival. Here's how it will work.

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    The Cinematographer, Money and You: A Beginner’s Guide to Paying Our Rate

    The Cinematographer, Money and You: A Beginner’s Guide to Paying Our Rate

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    Watch: $25,000 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Advertising Budget Spent On Typhoon Relief

    Normally, when hired to make a promotional video for a Hollywood feature film, you focus on promoting the film.

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    Watch: 'Gravity,' '12 Years,' 'American Hustle' Producers and Mark Wahlberg Talk Highs and Lows of Moviemaking

    The Hollywood Reporter's been doing a great job with their annual Roundtable video series, posting fascinating in depth discussions with some of this year's top screenwriters, actors and directors and cinematographers. For their Producers Roundtable, THR sat down with David Heyman ("Gravity"), Charl...

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    Playing the Casting Game: Finding the Next Jennifer Lawrence or Raising the Money to Hire Her

    “More than 90% of directing a picture is the right casting,” suggests Martin Scorsese in the revelatory documentary "Casting By." Producers might well reach a similar assessment for financing a picture as well since actors remain by far the most enticing lures to potential investors. But settling on...

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    How to Create a Budget Investors Will Appreciate

    The following article, from Colin Brown, Editorial Director of the film financing and dealmaking website Slated.com, is a tough-love look at crafting a budget to show to investors. It proposes that maybe smaller budgets are sometimes better for some projects. To read more from Colin, check out h...

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    The 7 Questions that The Indie Film Community Is Grappling With Now: An IFP Film Week Overview

    Spending a week at the IFP Filmmaker conference, it's clear that the indie film community has a number of questions it's trying to sort out. There's a growing frustration at how money circulates in the community, how people can develop careers as filmmakers when there's so little funding to go arou...

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    Know What You've Got: How to Package Any Movie for Financing

    In this post from Slated.com's Filmonomics blog, Editorial Director Colin Brown starts to explain how filmmakers need to look at everything they have when they're packaging a film for investors. He'll continue to explore the ways that the film world evaluates projects in the coming weeks.

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    Dogfish Helps Get 8 Cutting-Edge Film Companies Off the Ground with $18,000 Accelerator Grants

    Taking a page from the tech world, Dogfish Pictures is announcing the first eight projects in its Dogfish Accelerators program, a unique program that gives $18,000 in seed financing and a nurturing infrastructure with the goal of getting the projects further funding at the end of the program's three...

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    7 Tips from Silicon Valley on Giving Confidence to Potential Investors

    While he's taking off for the Labor Day holiday, Colin Brown from Slated Editorial Director has shared with Indiewire an old -- but valuable -- post from the Slated Filmonomics blog: it's a list of seven tips for filmmakers to keep in mind as they try to look for funding from investors, ripped from...

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