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8th Edition

Filmmakers and Financing
Business Plans for Independents

ISBN 9781138947443
Published November 28, 2016 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

In this new and updated ultimate filmmaker’s guide, Louise Levison gives you easy-to-use steps for writing an investor-winning business plan for a feature film, including:

    • A comprehensive explanations for each of the eight sections of a plan

    • Full financial section with text and tables
    • A sample business plan
    • A companion website with additional information for various chapters and detailed financial instructions ― advanced math not needed

    • An explanation on how feature documentary, animated and large-format films differ

    • A guide to pitching to investors: who they are, what they want and what to tell them
    • Words of advice: Filmmakers share their experiences raising money from equity investors

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Executive Summary: A Short Version of Everything

Chapter 2 - The Company: Who, What, When, Where and Why

Chapter 3 - The Film: The Investor Needs to Know the Whole Story

Chapter 4 - The Industry: The Facts and Nothing But

Chapter 5 - The Markets: The Spin

Chapter 6 - Distribution: Theatrical and the Changing Landscape

Chapter 7 - Distribution: Nontheatrical and the Wild West

Chapter 8 - Risk Factors: Truth in Advertising

Chapter 9 - The Financial Plan: How it Works

Chapter 10 - The Financials: Forecasting Without Fear

Chapter 11 - Sample Business Plan

Chapter 12 - Breaking the Rules: Documentary, Animation and Large Format

Chapter 13 - Other People’s Money: Them That Has the Gold Makes Some of the Rules

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Louise Levison ( has a 28-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 Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor. 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.


"How to raise funds for independent films was the best-kept secret in Hollywood until Levison’s book was published."

—Rick Pamplin, Producer/Director, The Pamplin Film Company

"An excellent, insightful guide to attracting financing for indie films.”

Danny Glover, actor/Director/Producer

"Filmmakers and Financing is an indispensable navigational guide to successful financing, production and release of independent films. Louise Levison has synthesized her years of professional experience into an invaluable roadmap for the filmmaking community."

William Nix, Executive Producer, Kahlil Gibran’s "The Prophet"

"Thank you so much for all your help from the business plan to the emails and introductions. You have helped this film become what it is today."

—Rob Cowie, Producer, The Blair Witch Project