Stretch That Buck: Film Budgeting 101

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The link to the livestream will be emailed out to you 1 hour before the event starts!

You’ve got a script you’re proud of, and now you want to bring it to life! But first: what should your crowdfunding goal be?

In this workshop, Seed&Spark’s Bri Castellini will teach you how to build your first budget, utilize loans to make up your budget (conceptually as well as literally), navigate the ask, break down your script, and cut costs without sacrificing your vision. Make that dollar stretch!

Make sure to RSVP to receive the livestream link, as well as our follow-up email with our workshop deck, plus additional educational resources!

About our sponsor TN Entertainment Commission

Our vision statement is to increase high quality job opportunities for Tennessee’s creative & technology class through the promotion and implementation of programmatic initiatives that reinforce the State as a relevant market for the production & development of multimedia entertainment properties.

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About our partners

The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building’s physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to bring inspiring films to children, young people and adults with our Mobile Movie Theatre. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

The ETSU Research Corporation was formed to connect, convene and create world-class research and innovation at the speed of business. We are a beacon for amplifying research, art, innovation, workforce development and entrepreneurialism as well as regional development through collaboration and partnerships. Check out their website and follow them on LinkedIn.

Franklin International Indie Film Festival

We believe we have wonderfully creative filmmakers who have stories to tell and a unique manner of bringing those stories to life. In addition we have enthusiastic audiences who want to see and celebrate the films presented. Thank you all for believing we could achieve a great festival, present stories worth hearing and that our industry panels would provide information worth knowing. Check out their website.

Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Media Arts is the largest, longest-running, and most comprehensive program for creative media production in the state and in the region. Media Arts’ programs cover virtually every form of electronic or digital media: filmmaking, animation, video, TV, live event production, interactive media, photography, and media management. The department offers and abundance hands-on opportunities for students to discover and develop their talents and interests. Check out their website.

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will present its 52nd annual festival Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2021. NashFilm discovers, elevates, and honors filmmakers, screenwriters and music makers from Tennessee and around the world while engaging, connecting and strengthening the Nashville community. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

Nashville Film Institute's accredited Cinema Production Program totally immerses you in the filmmaking process. For nine months NFI students live, eat, and breathe film pre-production, production, and post-production. Our philosophy is to teach students all the stages and roles involved in the entertainment industry so they can have careers in a dynamic and creative industry. Throughout this diploma program, students collaborate on various projects to create their own films. By the end of the program, students gain the necessary skills, invaluable connections, and the content for their very own professional demo reel and the opportunity to enter into the entertainment workplace. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram.

The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers Tennessee filmmakers through cutting-edge workshops, premiere networking events, strategic career development, and enhanced accessibility to production resources. Beginning in 2013, NFG is now an all-volunteer organization uniting nearly 5,000 filmmakers statewide by serving as a primary hub for industry news, education, and inspiration. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram.

Nashville Women in Film & Television is dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all aspects of film, television and all other screen-based interactive media. The organization was founded in 1982, (and incorporated as a 501C3 in 2008) and continues to be committed to improving the position and representation of all women working in the film and television industries, both in front of and behind the camera. Nashville WIFT’s objectives include supporting and advancing women working within the global entertainment, communications, and media industries. WIFT provides networking and mentoring opportunities to preserve the legacy of women within those industries through workshops, mentoring, seminars, classes in colleges and high schools, as well as an ongoing master series. Check out their website and follow them on Twitter.

The Department of Communication & Film at The University of Memphis offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication with a concentration in Film and Video Production. These concentrations combine technical instruction with courses in motion picture studies to provide students with the skills necessary to function in the multifaceted world of audiovisual production. Our approach to media practice is broad enough to address the needs of the independent artist as well as those who wish to enter the industry, and the film program is small enough to ensure that each student receives personal attention from the faculty. Check out their website and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

TWIFM is a public, non profit educational organization engaging people who work in film, television, and visual media/moving images as professionals. The focus is on driving advancement of women in the industry, providing a network to bring the exchange of ideas, work opportunities and to build a platform to accelerate the professional development of our members. We support collaboration and celebrate the work of all. Check out their website.

Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission that is two-fold: First to expose middle Tennessee viewers to arts and education programming created both locally and around the world, and secondly to teach individuals and organizations who wish to make TV shows how to do so, let them use our equipment and resources, then broadcast those shows for them. Check out their website and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


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