The 5 Secrets to Financing Your Next Indie Film

What Most Filmmakers Do Not Know
Hosted by Anne Marie Gillen

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Anne Marie Gillen

Webinar hosted by: Anne Marie Gillen

CEO at Gillen Group LLC, former COO of Morgan Freeman's Revelations Ent.

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is aconsultant and executive coach to independent producers and equity investors advising on script evaluation, business plans, financing, worldwide distribution and single film and/or film company cash flow projections - motto is "Fusing Business & Creativity." She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is coming out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®. Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: American Film Market, Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School and Chapman University. Prior to launching her own company, Gillen was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects. During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony. Prior to joining Revelations Entertainment, Gillen was CEO of Electric Shadow Productions. Gillen financed and was Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. Gillen began her career at Hemdale where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales. During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. Gillen was Chairman of the Board of Living Literature/Colors United for 10 years - a non-profit, multi-racial education-based performing arts society for at-risk students in Watts. She was Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary on Colors United entitled Colors Straight Up, which received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Gillen is the proud recipient of several Commendations from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding community efforts to improve opportunities for the youth of Watts. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Anne Marie Gillen, who has over 20 years of experience with independent film financing and has raised over $100M worldwide!

There is no getting around it. If you want to make your own project, if you want to control your own career, you will need financing. In order to secure that financing you will need the necessary tools, language and know-how. Equity is King – and finding and closing it is the key component to funding every project no matter what the budget! This webinar will address 5 key strategies regarding financing that most filmmakers do not know.

  • Are you stressed & overwhelmed with the thought of finding money for your film?
  • Do you know how to talk the language of an equity investor?
  • Entertainment is a high risk investment. Do you know how to mitigate that risk to get investors to a "Yes!"

What You'll Learn

  • Comprehensive understanding of global film financing sources
  • Securing foreign pre-sales
  • Finding and attaching the right international sales agent
  • Creating interest and attaching top talent
  • 3 absolutes of every business plan necessary to raise equity
  • Getting your investor(s) to commit
  • Speaking the language of investors: Senior Debt, Mezzanine, Equity, Soft Money, and more
  • Understanding key risk mitigation factors that protect your investor(s)
  • Standard terms and conditions to offer your equity investor(s)
  • How to prepare financial projections and film comparables

About Your Instructor

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is aconsultant and executive coach to independent producers and equity investors advising on script evaluation, business plans, financing, worldwide distribution and single film and/or film company cash flow projections - motto is "Fusing Business & Creativity."

She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is coming out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®.

Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: American Film Market, Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School and Chapman University.

Prior to launching her own company, Gillen was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects. During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony.

Prior to joining Revelations Entertainment, Gillen was CEO of Electric Shadow Productions. Gillen financed and was Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Gillen began her career at Hemdale where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales. During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.

Gillen was Chairman of the Board of Living Literature/Colors United for 10 years - a non-profit, multi-racial education-based performing arts society for at-risk students in Watts. She was Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary on Colors United entitled Colors Straight Up, which received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Gillen is the proud recipient of several Commendations from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding community efforts to improve opportunities for the youth of Watts.

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Testimonials

"Although I have extensive experience as a Line Producer on studio films, Anne Marie Gillen gave me the map of how to successfully negotiate the strange land of independent film production. She showed me which doors to knock on and how to get them to open. In three months, I went from being a clueless indie neophyte to negotiating with foreign sales agents bolstered by the confidence that comes with knowledge." - Robert Latham Brown - S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels, Spider-Man

"Anne Marie Gillen's captivating personality and unquestionable knowledge of financing films in the digital age were key in providing the vital tools to the Puerto Rico film industry." - Puerto Rico Film Commission

"Anne Marie Gillen is exceptionally knowledgeable about independent producing and film finance. Her seminar on the principles and practices of successful producers is extremely lucid, helpful, and keenly observed, drawing from her many years' experience as an industry professional and broad base of relationships. Her sessions on business plans and financing tools are invaluable for the serious independent content creator: inside information with very current details and examples from the ever-changing funding and distribution marketplace. Spend time with her in one of these seminars if you can!" - Executive Director, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers)

"In show business, everyone is in love with the show, but it's the business of making significant money that turns on the big boys and girls inside the tent. Learn what they already know..." - Steve Eccelsine - Independent Producer (12 films & over 700 TV episodes)

"Your insight cleared up my eyesight... What a great seminar! The information you provide on the business principles and practices of the entertainment industry is an invaluable tool for producers." - Karen T. Bolt - Development Executive, Carrie Productions (Danny Glover)

"Anne Marie's workshop was the best eight hours I spent for getting comprehensive and practical information. She not only shared a wealth of knowledge but actual documents and worksheets for real-world application. And to top it off, she made the day fun, lively and collaborative. I walked away completely satisfied and, more importantly, energized and enthused about producing my film." - Debra Weeks - TV Producer

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Much of the information Anne Marie provided was very basic. I am not experienced and knew much of what she shared. Perhaps the subject matter she took on was too broad and therefore, to get through it in an hour, she had to keep the material more general. I also felt she was bored with her material or presentation. This was especially evident in the question and answer section where I felt she could not get off line soon enough. Disappointed.
  • Amazing! Much better than I thought it would be.
  • Insanely awesome! Anne was top-notch in every way imaginable.
  • This is a great intro to film financing.

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