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Finance Your Independent Film & Break Even Before Its Release

Utilizing The Risk Mitigation Model
Hosted by Jason Mirch

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Jason Mirch

Webinar hosted by: Jason Mirch

Producer & Director of Script Services at Stage 32

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Mirch founded Destructo Productions and is currently producing a feature film based on the New York Time best selling memoir Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy. Previously, Mirch was the head of feature and television development and production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a finance and production company based in The United Arab Emirates. There, Mirch was directly involved in developing Image Nation’s 5-year strategic plan with the CEO, Michael Garin. Mirch worked closely with producers, Ashok Amritraj (Hyde Park Entertainment), Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Parkes+MacDonald), as well as Jonathan King (Participant Media), in the development, financing and production of a slate of international motion pictures, while supervising the content division for Image Nation International. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Life of Crime, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey, among others. Locally, Mirch supervised a team of executives to manage a slate of over 20 feature film and television projects in active development. Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he was actively involved in the development and sale of television series and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime. He was also developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Jason Mirch, a 10-year film and TV producer and former Head of Feature and Television Development and Production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi (The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion and 100 Foot Journey)!

Raising financing for a feature film project can be one of the most daunting aspects of independent filmmaking. Many independent writers, directors, and producers simply do not know where to begin when seeking funding for their projects. With studios producing and releasing fewer films every year, independent filmmakers must rely on non-traditional financing models to fund projects.

Where can you find the funds to get your project made? How can you best mitigate downside risk while maximizing upside potential? What options are available in terms of equity, soft money and pre-sales to get you to your financing goal?

In this On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jason Mirch navigates you through the Risk Mitigation Model of independent film financing, which utilizes foreign pre-sales, soft money, and equity to finance feature film projects. Drawing from his 10 years of experience financing both independent and studio films, Jason teaches you some traditional and non-traditional financing models so you can choose the right model for your specific project and gives you strategies to put these models into action. He then covers what international sales companies look for when evaluating potential projects and gives advice on how to position your projects when pitching to these companies.

You will leave this on-demand webinar with a comprehensive understanding of not only the world of independent film financing, but how to get your project funded and breaking even before its release!

What You'll Learn

What You Will Learn:

  • Introduction To Film Financing Terms
    • Equity
    • Pre-sales
    • Gap
    • Soft Money (incentives)
    • Deffered
    • Crowdfunding, grants, in-kind and other alternative funding strategies
  • The 5 Most Common Film Finance/Distribution Scenarios
    • In-house production/distribution
    • Production-financing/distribution agreement
    • Negative pickups
    • The acquisition distribution deal
    • Rent-a-distibutor
  • Risk Mitigation Model of Independent Film Financing
    • Pre-sales (international & domestic): How do you secure them and use them for financing? When can you start pre-selling and what do you need?
    • Soft Money: How to secure soft money
    • Equity & debt: Do you need equity for all projects? How to secure financing from a bank (presales, bond, etc)?
    • What is the cost of debt and how this will affect your financing and returns (bank are usually the 1st one to recoup so might not attract other investors)?
    • The ratio of pre-sales, soft money, equity and debt
  • Risk Mitigation Model Case Study: The Double
  • Establishing an LLC for Your Project
    • Step-by-Step Process for setting an LLC
    • The benefits of establishing an LLC
  • Introduction to Foreign Sales Companies
    • What is an International Sales Agent
    • When to Get An Agent
    • Finding Your Sales Agent
    • Elements, attachments, and the supplementary material to include when approaching foreign sales agents
    • The Sales Agency Agreement
      • Sales Fee & Expense Caps
      • Term
      • Territory
      • Delivery
  • Introduction to US Sales
    • Difference between International vs domestic sales (limitations & opportunities)
    • Benefit of Markets and Festivals
    • Decide on the distribution deal
      • Advance payment (protects downside but limits upside)
      • Straight distribution deal (lower distribution fees result in higher upside)
  • P&A
    • How does it work?
    • How do you limit your P&A exposure while maximizing your reach?
  • Strategies for approaching Film Funds
    • The appeal of a slate of projects vs. a single project
    • Development vs. Production Financing
  • Strategies, Production and Use of Sales Material
    • Producing a Sizzle Reel
    • Producing a Look Book
  • RECORDED Q&A WITH JASON!

About Your Instructor

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Mirch founded Destructo Productions and is currently producing a feature film based on the New York Time best selling memoir Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy.

Previously, Mirch was the head of feature and television development and production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a finance and production company based in The United Arab Emirates. There, Mirch was directly involved in developing Image Nation’s 5-year strategic plan with the CEO, Michael Garin.

Mirch worked closely with producers, Ashok Amritraj (Hyde Park Entertainment), Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Parkes+MacDonald), as well as Jonathan King (Participant Media), in the development, financing and production of a slate of international motion pictures, while supervising the content division for Image Nation International. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Life of Crime, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey, among others.

Locally, Mirch supervised a team of executives to manage a slate of over 20 feature film and television projects in active development.

Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he was actively involved in the development and sale of television series and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime. He was also developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount.

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a webinar? 
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live webinar. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer 

Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 

Testimonials

"Jason had so much good information to share, he did it at a breakneck speed. It was hard to digest it all at once. The good news is we can revisit the webinar after the fact." - Michael G.

"Plan on listening to it again and again!" - Peggy R.

"Jason did a great job presenting the information." - Joseph M.

"Very well done. Useful." - Rich W.

"Jason was great. He answered all questions and presented the information effectively!" - Barbie D.

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