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Every project has one thing in common: It takes money to make it happen!

However, there are many subtopics included in financing. Such as: 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.

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This workshop is designed to shed light on the different parts of the financing puzzle and help define a realistic path on getting a project financed.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is serious about creating a realistic pathway to acquiring financing and/or distribution for a current and/or future script or film project.

What You’ll Need: Something to take notes.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll know:

  1. Find/approach qualified investors properly and at the right time with the right presentation.
  2. Structure a strategic blueprint for acquiring both financing and distribution and getting returns for investors.
  3. Create a team which includes the six critical relationships required to successfully launch the development phase of an indie film.

About the Instructor:

Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing.

Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including most recently, “Guns, Girls and Gambling” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is quickly becoming a cult favorite; this film was released into theatres on December of 2012 and, in January 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures.

Other films Sama has produced include; “Black Limousine” starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, “Tooth and Nail” starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, “Paid,” starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Conti and “The Penitent Man,” starring “The Terminator’s” Lance Henriksen and

Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the recent film festival darling “Petunia” starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.

His shingle “Samaco Films” is currently producing a slate of several independent feature films, including “Bless Me Father” starring John Turturro, Michael Rapaport and Michael Rispoli as well as a moving military drama titled “Through my Daughter’s Eyes being directed by Dallas Burgess, starring ingénue Avi Lake as well as “Jarhead” and “The Island” veteran actor Martin Papazian and a dance and music inspired film titled “Back to 1” directed by “High School Musical “ and “Glee” alum Doug Penikas.

Samaco Films released two films in 2015, the first, “The Livingston Gardner” stars James Kyson the beloved “Ando” from the NBC television hit series “HEROS” and the second, “3 Days in Havana” starring Ally McBeal alum, Gil Bellows; both of which have been released through Samaco Films’ sister company, Synergetic Distribution and have been released via all digital and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms worldwide.

And the company’s latest film “Game of Aces” directed by Aussie Director Damien Lay and starring heartthrob and former “American Pie” star Chris Klein alongside “Transformers” Victoria Summer (Transformers: Age of Distinction”) and Werner Daehn (“Valkyrie”, xXx) is scheduled to hit theaters on September 1, 2016.