With a focus on films with international appeal, Sidney Chiu’s producing credits include LOVE JACKED a Canada South African romantic comedy co-production starring Amber West and Keith David – winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles) 2018. COCONUT HERO, a Canada German coproduction with Six Island Productions and UFA Fiction directed by Florian Cossen and Lola nominated, winner of the Best Film in Focus at the Zurich Film Festival in 2015, BANG BANG BABY starring Jane Levy and Peter Stormare for Scythia Films winner of the Claude Jutra Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Sidney was also the Production Manager on the Mandarin romantic comedy FINDING MR. RIGHT, which grossed over $80 million. THREE DAYS IN HAVANA starring Gil Bellows directed by Tony Pantages and Gil Bellows, shot in Havana Cuba with E1 distributing in Canada. Sidney’s first produced feature entitled A NIGHT FOR DYING TIGERS written/directed by Terry Miles premiered at TIFF in 2012. Full Bio »
Learn how you can tell authentic, diverse, and inclusive stories from international producer Sidney Chiu who credits include the film FINDING MR RIGHT, which grossed over $80 million.
Audiences worldwide crave authentic depictions of culture and diversity on screen, and the entertainment industry is working hard to catch up with the demand. This has created a huge opportunity for diverse creators in the marketplace.
If you want to learn about this incredibly important movement in entertainment, this is the webinar for you.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, international producer Sidney Chu who has produced coproductions with Canada, Germany, South Africa and China, will cover what diverse filmmaking is, how to tell these stories with your authentic voice, and how to find the right partners for funding and distribution.
To teach this important course, we've brought in acclaimed international producer Sidney Chiu. His work has been seen around the world, including LOVE JACKED, FINDING MR. RIGHT, and THREE DAYS IN HAVANA and led coproductions around the globe.
Sidney will share his years of experiences through case studies of LOVE JACKED and FINDING MR. RIGHT, showing you how to create diverse content when you’re working without diverse creatives and how to highlight your team’s authentic voice.
You’ll cover how to navigate cultural biases with funding and distribution, create a festival strategy to maximize your project’s potential, and gain access to global networks and markets.
By the end of this webinar, you’ll know how to apply the principles of authentic diverse filmmaking to your stories and engage audiences worldwide. Don’t miss out on this chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how diverse and non english language content gets produced and distributed from a producer with vast worldwide success.
Praise for Sidney's Previous Courses
"I would have been happy for this course to have gone on for days. Sidney is a very talented lecturer. I couldn't be more grateful." -- Attendee Canadian Independent Screen Fund Webinar
How to find coproduction partners and distributors for your diverse TV and film projects in the international market.
The Evolution of Diverse Storytelling
The Balance Between Authenticity and Marketability
Finding the Right Partners, Distribution & Audience
Q&A with Sidney
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Have you ever wanted to create and write your own TV show that you also star in? Well, that's exactly what writer/actor/producer John Lehr did not just once but twice and now Stage 32 has brought John in to show you how it's done. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how you can create your own star-making television show, how to pitch it, and what it’s like to produce a television series that you also write and play the lead in. John Lehr is an actor, writer and comedian who has sold multiple shows he created to major streaming platforms and networks, including QUICK DRAW on Hulu, 10 ITEMS OR LESS on TBS, and JAILBAIT for Crackle. John is also the original Geico Caveman and has hosted several network TV shows. John believes that knowledge is power and that you too can launch your career as a writer, producer and actor by creating and selling your own television show. He’ll show you what pitfalls and roadblocks to avoid while making your project one that buyers love. John isn't alone. FLEABAG’S Phoebe Waller-Bridge and CHEWING GUM’s Michaela Cole both began their careers more focused on acting before creating, writing and starring in shows that became must-watch television. This webinar covers the whole process including what makes a good show premise, how to pitch your show successfully once you're in the room, and how to even get those elusive pitch meetings. If you’ve been waiting for a star-making role, this webinar will show you how to stop waiting and take control of your own career today.
Understanding film distribution and all of the variables that go with it - just got a whole lot easier. With so many sale options, both foreign and domestic, making the proper decision when it comes to distribution rights can be downright frustrating. To help ease that frustration, Stage 32 is bringing in Alexia Melocchi, a seasoned sales agent and buyers representative for international distributors. For over twenty years Alexia has been in the trenches and continues to move successfully through them, which is why we’ve asked her to share her most sound advice with all of you. Alexia has sold over 25 movies to international and US distributors making three times their budget for herself and her producing partners. In 2017 and 2018 the films she acquired on behalf of her distributor clients have grossed over $900 Million USD. On this information-packed webinar, Alexia will share how this was done, as well as offer a fresh perspective on the ever-changing distribution landscape and what filmmakers need to do to successfully move through the trenches themselves today.
Learn from a producer and financier who has been involved in the production of over 500 hours of content for film and television, with a total production value of over $250 million! As streamers like Max, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon continue to put a tremendous focus on acquiring quality, star-driven independent films, the opportunities for financing and producing your film between $15-$30MM have never been better, so long as you know exactly where to look and what the path for it is. You'll need to know how to pick the right script, break down every aspect of your budget through distribution, understand distribution options, and how to structure your finance sources to optimize your returns. The best way to get all the information you need is to get support from someone who's done it before, and who better than someone who's worked on over 45 film and television projects with every major studio in town? In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, Jeanette Milio shows you the financing and producing side of putting together a film for $15 to $30 million. Jeanette has worked with Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and more. She's also produced films starring Academy Award-winning performers, including Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke, and knows how to package a film to attract investors. As a member of the Producer's Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer's Network, Jeanette has deep industry knowledge for domestic and international markets at every budget level. Jeanette brings over 25 years of experience in domestic and international productions to this webinar for your benefit. If you have a higher-priced concept and don't want to wait for someone else to give you the green light, then this webinar is what you need to know how to make your production happen. Jeanette will show you how to produce and finance your project using her unique experience with $15 to $30 million budgets and how to get the best return on investment. You'll walk away with handouts from Jeanette to benefit your production, including: Excel Finance Plan Template Sample CAMA (revenue/profit) agreement Sample story rights agreement (option) Sample talent offers for director and cast (pay-or-play) PRAISE FOR JEANETTE'S TEACHINGS: "Jeanette has invaluable knowledge and made me feel like seeing my movie on the big screen was possible." - Phillip F. "Excellent! Jeanette Milio is awesome, She covered every aspect of the process of financing." -Roberta J. "Jeanette is great and is the reason why I took this class. Super helpful in understanding all of the layers that go into financing films." -Jason O. "Jeanette is wonderful! This is my second Seminar with Jeanette, and she gives you all of her experience and knowledge in a clear and precise easy to understand presentation. I love her grasp of the knowledge and the pitfalls to avoid that can tank your movie." -Leemon P. "Tremendous amount of detailed information. Jeanette gave a clear and concise presentation on what concrete steps you need to take in order to secure financing for a film and most importantly how to increase your chances at being a successful producer." -Peter H. "Fantastic information, thorough, well structured, great examples. Jeanette Milio is and enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor." -Brian M.
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Mentoring with top financier Viviana Zarragoitia, VP of Three Point Capital - exclusively through Stage 32! Get access to exclusive handouts including sample budgets, packages and collection account management statement, sales sheets, sales agent contracts and distribution agreements One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a creative is finding financiers and raising funds for your film. You may have a great script, a great cast and crew, but at the end of the day no money means no project. Yet you don’t need 10 million dollars to get your film off the ground. With the right strategies and approach you can successfully finance a film for $3MM or less. Sometimes MUCH less, as microbudget films and films financed for under $500,000 continue to find success and still allow financiers to recoup their investments. This is all within your grasp, but first you must understand the ins and outs of what goes into financing a film for less than $3 million so you can ultimately find success. 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In Session 1 she will provide an overview of the different types of film financing available to you. In Session 2 she will focus on microbudget films specifically and dig in to how films with these budgets can find success. Session 3 will delve into equity, pre-sales, gap, and sales agents. Finally Session 4 will look at waterfalls, recoupment and navigating collection accounts. Along the way, Viviana will provide exclusive and valuable handouts that you can take with you for your own projects, including: Sample Budgets and Packages Sales Sheets Sales Agent Contracts Sample Collection Account Statement Example Distribution Agreements While this is an on-demand class we highly recommend doing the assignments in-between each session to get the most out of Viviana's class. Praise for Viviana's Past Stage 32 Financing Classes: "Viviana inspired me to learn more about the business side of filmmaking. I had an idea of how to finance a movie, but after our first class, I realized I had a lot to learn. I'm learning more to this day! I highly recommend her class to any film creative with little, to no understanding on how to finance an independent film. What she has to say is priceless!" -Steven K. "As an experienced film and television producer and writer, Viviana's class was just the refresher - and inspiration - that I needed! Having been a completion producer for a bond company, I have seen too many producers who were let down in the producing process by so-called-professionals who offered support at the on-set of a production, but then failed to deliver when needed. Viviana and her company Three Point Capital have an excellent reputation, and her counsel provided in the class solidified that. I highly recommend both Viviana and Stage 32 Education!" -Patricia C. "Viviana was personable, professional, interesting, interested, and a wealth of knowledge and useful information. I will take every opportunity to learn from her. She was patient and polite with every question and always clear with what she knew, what she thought, what she believed, and what she didn't know. She painted pictures and delivered facts, outlining the paths she has seen successful producers take while still encouraging all to pursue their art with a greater knowledge of the business and understanding of the challenges and potential pitfalls." -Randy G. "As someone who was totally new to the world of film financing, trying to learn about the process by myself was intimidating to put it lightly. Viviana clearly explains the film financing process step-by-step and demystifies the complex, bespoke nature of pre-sales, tax credits, sales agents, and so much more. I feel infinitely more confident in my ability to produce a film thanks to this class. I give it the highest possible recommendation for any independent filmmaker looking to finance their film and take their projects to the next level." -Sean R. "Viviana has a tremendous depth and range of knowledge about film financing and she was happy to share everything she knew. Thanks to her loose, attentive style for the class, it ranged far and wide, and she answered a lot of people’s questions whether they were general or specific to their own projects. And I feel like there was value for all of us in even the most project-specific questions." -Randy V.