Learn how successful indie producers can get their dramatic feature films financed in this intensive all-day workshop. NYWIFT is pulling out all the stops for this event by gathering together industry pros that have successfully worked to finance independent features. During four intensive panel sessions, panelists will provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it takes to get indie pictures made, as well as how ever-changing technologies, distribution windows and crowd funding opportunities are impacting the financing process. Gain fresh insights from some of the finest minds in entertainment and position your projects for optimum success.
10:00 - 11:30am Changing Distribution Models
Distribution models are changing along with technology. Revenue streams are based on ever-evolving platforms and business models. The windows of theatrical, streaming and cable video on demand are all in flux, along with traditional television and DVD launches. Learn where your project(s) fit within the distribution landscape before you start fundraising. How have other films like yours performed – and what types of distribution deals have they received? Come up with realistic comps for your film (as opposed to always pointing towards the outliers that over performed for their genres).
Brian Newman, Founder of Sub-Genre, The Transparency Project
Amy Slotnick, Slingshot Films
Bill Thompson, Senior Vice President of Theatrical Sales, Cohen Media Group
Dan Truong, Director of Release Strategy & Financial Planning, The Orchard
Jamie Wilkinson, VHX TV
Isil Bagdadi, Co-Founder, President of Distribution, CAVU Pictures (Moderator)
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11:45am - 1:15pm Sales Agents, Producers and Packaging
This panel will provide an understanding of foreign pre-sales, what types of projects can realistically sell overseas, and how and when specific territories are targeted. When can you get a sales agent involved and how do they choose projects? Can an agent get involved early enough to influence packaging? Also learn how small projects can get on the radar through packaging and/or getting an Executive Producer on board as a type of Godparent.
Tara Erer, Senior Vice President of Sales, FilmNation Entertainment
Ryan Kampe, Founder, Visit Films
Adrienne Stern, Casting Director
Jamie Zelermyer, Independent Producer
Kerry Fulton, Independent Producer (Moderator)
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1:15 - 2:15pm Lunch Break
2:15 - 3:45pm Individual Investors, Private Equity and Co-Productions
This panel will include real stories about how Indie Dealmakers raise their financing - including working with another country to bring in the money. The different types of investors will be discussed: Debt, Mezzanine, and Private Equity Investors, as well as their motivations and expectations. The panel will also explore the changing landscape of Crowd Funding with respect to the new rules as of June 1, 2015 – using crowd funding as a tool to seek and manage investors.
Vicki Cherkas, Entertainment Lawyer
Lisa Cortés, President, Cortés Films
Mynette Louie, President, Gamechanger Films
Debbie Vandermeulen, Founder, Fusion Features
Thomas D. Selz, Founding Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (Moderator)
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4:00pm Special Announcement at 5:30pm by Geoff Betts, Business Agent, Writers Guild of America, East
4:00 - 5:30pm Soft Money: Tax Subsidies, Grants, Crowd Funding and More
This panel will explore ways to build financing from several different sources including Tax Subsidies (Refunds, Rebates, etc), traditional crowd funding, in-kind donations, product placement and sponsorship deals. Discussion will also examine the balance between using grants with other types of financing, and how this can become tricky once private equity investors get involved.
Erica Anderson, Seed&Spark
Matt Fretz, NeeD Financial Services
Patricia Ganguzza, President, Aim Productions
Richard Stern, CPA, Partner, Marks Paneth, LLP
Terry Lawler, Executive Director, NYWIFT (Moderator)
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5:30 - 6:30pm
followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception
(Please note: Additional Panelists to be Announced! Programs subject to change.)
**If you need wheelchair access, please contact NYWIFT at (212) 679-0870 by Thursday, June 18**
Producers Kerry Fulton and Debra Kirschner
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Jun. 12, 2017