Basic Legal Contracts

Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


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Next date:
Tuesday 24th July, 6.30pm-9pm
Duration: One Tuesday evening
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE or Online

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About Basic Legal Contracts for Filmmakers

Once your film is finished and ready to be sold, you will have to show the “chain of title” to any prospective film buyer. If you fail to do this you will never be able to sell your film. This class is all about the basic legal contracts for filmmakers. This evening class is designed to answer fundamental questions about the rights attaching to a film and its component parts and the contracts required to acquire, clear and protect those rights.  View it as vital health insurance for filmmakers!

What you will learn

  • Copyright  explained and the rights of creatives and performers
  • The key elements of a contract
  • Provides practical guidance on negotiating film contracts
  • Demystifies commonly used legal terminology

What will you achieve?

By the end of the class, students will have a good understanding of the legal contracts and documents they will need to have drawn up before going into production.

How will you be taught?

This class is taught lecture-style with opportunities for students to ask the tutor questions.

Who should attend?

Basic Legal Contracts for Filmmakers is suitable for beginner film producers and screenwriters, as well as those interested in finding out more about the legal side of filmmaking.

About the tutor

Tony Morris has more than 35 years experience in advising on a broad range of transactional and contentious matters. He primarily focuses on the TMT sector and the creative media. Tony’s clients include film, TV, record companies, music publishers, composers, musicians, book and online publishers, as well as brands and other creatives and media companies. He is also active as a qualified Arbitrator and an Accredited Mediator. Tony is the principal legal advisor for Raindance Film Festival.

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9 reviews for


Basic Legal Contracts

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie Emma

    A really informative class. I learnt a lot. The questions from other people that were also attending the class were very helpful. Tony is fantastic and breaks down all the legal jargon very well.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Learning about Film Industry Contracts: Very informative from a industry professional who has worked on some big films. Will keep a note of some of the information for future projects.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nasreen Cullen

    Very engaging class. The structure is such that each topic flows nicely into the next. Lots of detail but delivered in a way that is easy to understand and put into real life scenarios.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bruno Catarino

    Great source of info, from a very knowledgeable professional, who used many of his past experiences as concrete examples. He certainly made law accessible to everyone.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Serena C Gardner

    Easily accessible through the structure and language. I found this easy to follow and definitely gave me a bigger insight into the legal world of film! Highly recommended

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annaís Berlim

    Was great! Tony Morris know a lot about legal issues. It was really helpful to understand some UK laws and also terminologies. I wish we had more time to still learning.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zak Brilliant

    Very direct and to the point, as it should be. Tony Morris was great.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Williams

    Tony was an excellent tutor, covering a vast amount of material in a relatively short time. I think the course provided an excellent introduction to the trials and tribulations of legal contracts in film production.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Magdalena Zielinska (verified owner)

    Tony’s session, on ‘Legal Issues for Filmmakers’, was a treasure trove of information!
    I can’t wait to finish his book The Filmmakers’ Legal Guide, which is an invaluable resource for any aspiring filmmaker.

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