Film Business Plan

Film Business Plan

The film business plan is a step-by-step guide on how to structure your film as a business and projects what your film will cost to develop and operate.

Every film investor wants to see how you are going to spend the money and most of all, what the return on investment will be.

Film Business Plan Template

Just download the template, fill in the information (detailed explanation and examples provided) and you will have a professional business plan to wow investors.

Structure your Film as a Business

You can get financing from film grants, private investors, sponsors, product placement, a film studio, entertainment company or even out-of-pocket funds, but first you need to prove the value of your film.

It's easy, once you know the solid structure of a business plan, your film and future projects will be a breeze!

What is included in a Film Business Plan?

  1. Confidentiality Agreement

  2. A Confidentiality Agreement, which is also known as non-disclosure agreement or NDA, is simply a contract between two or more parties where the subject of the agreement is a promise that information conveyed will be maintained in secrecy.

  3. Executive Summary

    The project, opportunity, capital required and shooting schedule

  4. Management Team Resumes

    Brief resumes of each of your principal team

  5. The Industry

    Analysis of the current Market and how it applies to your film

  6. The Project

    Logline, Synopsis and Target Market

  7. Production Plan

    Estimated time frame for Completion of Financing, Date of Production and Post Production, Acceptance into Film Festivals, etc

  8. Production

    Details on status (bookings, contracts, etc) of Pre Production, Production and Post Production

  9. Financial Plan

    Budget Top Sheet, Tax Credits and Rebates

  10. Investment Opportunity

    Return on Investment, Risk Factors

  11. Film Business Plan

    Film Marketing Strategy

  12. Publicity

    Time frame of announcement of film going into production, first trailer, advertising, etc

  13. Mediums

    Names of prospective media outlets with their audience figures and how to applies to your market

  14. Distribution Strategy

    The Film Business Plan outlines your method(s) for reaching your intended audience. For example, festivals, broadcast, educational markets, media arts centers, limited theatrical release etc.

  15. Release patterns

    Type of release to be used for example Wide Release, Modified Wide Release, etc

  16. Methods of distribution

    What are the potential distribution outlets? Theatrical, DVD, VOD, Airline, etc

  17. Show you have done your research in the Business Plan template, do not name all the top festivals, broadcasters and distributors. Name the ones that would actually be a good fit and realistic for your project. Research the interests and focus of potential distribution options.

    Film Budget Template

    Now that we can get an estimate of what the costs are going to be, a Film Business Plan must contains a budget broken down by each department, shooting days and location.

    Film Budget

    A budget is typically divided into four sections: above the line (creative talent), below the line (direct production costs), post-production (editing, visual effects, etc.), and other (insurance, completion bond, etc.)

  18. Top Sheet

    Your abbreviated Budget that is a summary of expenses and income that is also used in the Film Proposal.

  19. Detailed Budget

    A budget that gives detail from your development costs right through to crew overtime, insurance and contingency, all the expenses to complete a film.

Note: This Film Business Plan is included in the Film Revenue Projections Package

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Your film proposal was extremely helpful, it gave me the skeleton I needed to move forward and conceptualize my film idea. Thanks so much! For a young filmmaker like myself, tools like this are invaluable! Matthew Actor, Director from Los Angeles

The Film Projections package is very useful and unique, especially useful was the dates for distribution chart and especially the chart which indicated end profits after distribution for investors. We recently gave a finished plan using your template to seasoned financiers and they were so impressed that two of them are looking seriously to totally finance our movie for $100 Million! Well done for such a well rounded template. David Film Director and Producer from London

As a creative producer, I’ve always struggled to get the business proposal correct for the money folk. Your guide has simplified that task for me, and I will use as a template for all my film projects going forward. James Creative Director / Producer from London