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Franco Sama: Entrepreneurial Seminar

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Fredonia Technology Incubator

214 Central Avenue

Dunkirk, NY 14048

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Franco Sama is an independent feature film producer with experience in public speaking, public relations and independent film development. He is known for his production of over 20 independent films, such as “Guns, Girls, and Gambling,” which starred Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Dane Cook, “Black Limousine,” which starred David Arquette and Vivica Fox, “The Penitent Man,” which starred Lance Henriksen, and many more.

Sama will go over the financing process for independent filmmakers by providing them with clear explanations of available financing and distribution options in this seminar. It will help directors, producers, and writers to develop their own approach to getting their projects off the ground.


Topics to be covered:

  • Finding Investors
  • Raising the Money
  • Equity vs. Debt
  • Hard Money vs. Soft Money
  • Mitigating Risk
  • Understanding Tax Incentives
  • Credits & Rebates
  • Distribution
  • Minimum Guarantees
  • Pre-Sales
  • Completion Bonds
  • Foreign Sales Estimates
  • Domestic Box-office
  • Securing Above the Line Talent
  • LOI’s
  • Development Funding
  • Risk & Retainers
  • Gap & Mezzanine Financing
  • Product Placement
  • Product Integration Presenting to Investors
  • Proof of Funds
  • Returning Investor Money
  • Protecting Investors
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Escrow
  • Deferments & Points
  • Drop Down Schedules
  • Revenue Streams
  • Post Deals
  • Slate Funding
  • Credits as Currency
  • Credit Placement
  • First Time Directors and Writers
  • Appropriate Producers’ Fees
  • Platform Releasing
  • AFM
  • Markets & Festivals

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

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