The film business plan is a step-by-step guide on how to structure your film as a business and projects what your film will cost to develop and operate.
Every film investor wants to see how you are going to spend the money and most of all, what the return on investment will be.
Film Business Plan Template
Just download the template, fill in the information (detailed explanation and examples provided) and you will have a professional business plan to wow investors.
Structure your Film as a Business
You can get financing from film grants, private investors, sponsors, product placement, a film studio, entertainment company or even out-of-pocket funds, but first you need to prove the value of your film.
It's easy, once you know the solid structure of a business plan, your film and future projects will be a breeze!
What is included in a Film Business Plan?
The project, opportunity, capital required and shooting schedule
Management Team Resumes
Brief resumes of each of your principal team
Analysis of the current Market and how it applies to your film
Logline, Synopsis and Target Market
Estimated time frame for Completion of Financing, Date of Production and Post Production, Acceptance into Film Festivals, etc
Details on status (bookings, contracts, etc) of Pre Production, Production and Post Production
Budget Top Sheet, Tax Credits and Rebates
Return on Investment, Risk Factors
Time frame of announcement of film going into production, first trailer, advertising, etc
Names of prospective media outlets with their audience figures and how to applies to your market
Type of release to be used for example Wide Release, Modified Wide Release, etc
Methods of distribution
What are the potential distribution outlets? Theatrical, DVD, VOD, Airline, etc
Your abbreviated Budget that is a summary of expenses and income that is also used in the Film Proposal.
A budget that gives detail from your development costs right through to crew overtime, insurance and contingency, all the expenses to complete a film.
A Confidentiality Agreement, which is also known as non-disclosure agreement or NDA, is simply a contract between two or more parties where the subject of the agreement is a promise that information conveyed will be maintained in secrecy.
Film Marketing Strategy
The Film Business Plan outlines your method(s) for reaching your intended audience. For example, festivals, broadcast, educational markets, media arts centers, limited theatrical release etc.
Show you have done your research in the Business Plan template, do not name all the top festivals, broadcasters and distributors. Name the ones that would actually be a good fit and realistic for your project. Research the interests and focus of potential distribution options.
Film Budget Template
Now that we can get an estimate of what the costs are going to be, a Film Business Plan must contains a budget broken down by each department, shooting days and location.
A budget is typically divided into four sections: above the line (creative talent), below the line (direct production costs), post-production (editing, visual effects, etc.), and other (insurance, completion bond, etc.)
Note: This Film Business Plan is included in the Film Revenue Projections Package