How To Finance Your Next Movie Without Asking For Permission!

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Nashville Film Institute

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Nashville, TN 37210

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Aren’t you ready to stop asking others for permission and finally make your movie?

The best practices for structuring the financial and business components of your film project are not well kept secrets. There’s no group of insiders protecting the steps of this sacred process, and there is certainly no magical formula designed to get every film idea financed in full. The best practices for financing films are out there, but they are disregarded by many in the industry. As a result, most producers and companies tend to spend an awful lot of time searching for someone to green-light their movie, rather than doing the work to green-light the movie on their own.

The truth is that there are no shortcuts when it comes to getting a film made, but if you are willing to work hard and have a great story to tell there is a proven, reliable, and consistently productive strategy for assembling the budget for your film.

You may be surprised to hear that this process has very little to do with asking high-net-worth individuals for investments. In fact, the best financing practices for feature films rely on as little equity as possible!

If you were told that as much as 100% of your film budget could be arranged by simply doing the right work, not requiring you to beg for cash, wouldn’t you want to know how to do that work?

That’s what we thought! Join us at this seminar to gain a knowledge of the financial instruments that will empower you to take control of your project and position it for long-term success.

The method taught by presenter, Derek Purvis enabled him to raise over $100 million across 14 projects. Join Derek and our distinguished panel of working producers and financier online thisSeptember 30th at 10AM.

Topics will include:

· How to access between 70% and 100% of your budget without investors

· How to structure an independently-financed film project

· How to utilize the financial instruments available to any film project

· How to leverage the assets in your project

· How to structure the business entities for your project

· How to access institutional money without hassle

· The key business partnerships your production needs

· A step-by step-process to implement all of the financial instruments available

This seminar is all about real practices explained to you by real producers and executives. A full Q&A period will grant you direct access to these esteemed experts.


"Derek is an independent film-financing Guru! His expert guidance has helped me on multiple projects." - Michael Mailer, Executive Producer, Producer of Empire / Blind / Wild Oats

"This seminar could have saved me years of failing forward! As a working professional I cannot emphasize enough how much time and money How-to Finance Your Movie will save you." - Liz Destro, Executive Producer, Producer of Lee Daniel’s: The Butler / Too Legit / Yoga Hosers

"I wish a seminar like this had been available when I was just starting out!" - Michael George, Producer (Balance Pictures) of Protocol / Rambo (2008) / Evicted

"I went into How-to Finance Your Movie seminar with some hesitation, but decided to take a chance. At the end of the day I left with an exact blueprint for getting films made in today’s indie landscape. Thanks Derek for sharing your wealth of knowledge and in the trenches experience." - Jack Friedman (attendee)

"I was not prepared for just how informative this event was going to be. Thank you Derek!" - Linda Ringer (attendee)

"It was like the velvet curtain was lifted and I saw for the first time, how the business of film actually works!" - Miguel Ramos (attendee)

"This seminar gave me a clear path to getting my own projects made. Granted, I still have to do the hard work, but now I know what that work actually is!" - Rhonda Redmen (attendee)

"This seminar forever changed the course of my career, for the better. Derek’s straightforward, informative approach gave me exactly what I needed." - Scott Peir (attendee)

The Panel

Derek Estlin Purvis

The Kids Are All Right / The Love Guide / Airtight

Derek Estlin Purvis started his career at Paramount Pictures in the Early 90’s and spent 8 years working inside the studio system. In 2001, He relocated to Boston, MA and worked as an Executive Producer. In 2005 he joined Markedia Worldwide, a Film Finance and Branded Content studio. While at Markedia, Derek worked with Michael Bassick to finance all or part of eight films, Including The Ten Starring Paul Rudd and Jessica Alba. Derek left Markedia in 2010 to partner with Christy Cashman at Saint Aire. Sait Aire placed the equity finance in The Kids Are All Right, which would win the Golden Globe for best picture. Also while at Saint Aire, Derek produced and Directed The Love Guidestarring Parker Posey. With the advent of the new digital content model, Derek has spent the past three years in the Technology space, creating the ground breaking mobile app Movie Pitch Pro.

Viviana Zarragoitia

The Prince / Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland / Deadly Voltage

At Three Point Capital, a premier specialty finance company, Viviana oversees all loan closing and advisory services in the Film and Television Division. Prior to joining Three Point, she worked at Lionsgate Entertainment for five years, starting in the Accounting Department and transitioning into the Profit Participation Group. While working in participations, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group's Audit Division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements. Viviana previously worked in the accounting departments at Millennium Films and Bold Films. She graduated Cum Laude with a double-major in Business and English from Loyola Marymount University.

Jordan Kessler

After spending four years as the Vice President of Post-Production at Millennium Films, Jordan Kessler has produced 13 feature films in the last six years. His films have played at festivals around the world and have each received both domestic and international distribution. Jordan produced About Cherry starring James Franco, Dev Patel, and Heather Graham, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was theatrically released by IFC in 2012. Mr. Kessler recently premiered Lee Daniel's The Butler, a film he executive produced, starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, and John Cusack. Jordan is very proud to have produced Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, and Will Forte, which was the closing night film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by LionsGate Films and Roadside Attraction. He most recently produced Kevin Smith’s latest film Yoga Hosers starring Johnny Depp and his first feature as a writer/ director was released by Phase 4 / Entertainment 1 in April 2015.

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