Film Financing Foundation LA


Availability: In-person, Online, VOD
Duration: 5 Tuesday evenings
Dates:  July 24th to August 21st
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Location: Rough Diamond Productions
1424 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Course Fee: $269.00 
Member Fee (15% OFF): $228.65

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For many independent filmmakers, financing films seems to be the hardest step of getting a film made. For independent films, financing is packaged together through a combination of options. However, many filmmakers don’t know where to look or how to negotiate their way through finding the best and most realistic type of financing for their projects.
Our “FILM FINANCING” course with industry veterans financier Jason Piette and producer Julia Verdin is designed to help you create your own viable finance plan for your film by exploring the most significant financing options available in the current marketplace. Consider the implications of these choices and how to come up with a viable financing plan to get your film made.




July 3rd

Part 1. Overview of Film Financing

  • Financing in the current marketplace
  • Packaging for financing
  • Latest developments from the industry (with recent cases)
  • Financial planning overview:
    • Equity Funding
    • Production companies with financing
    • Tax Incentives
    • Distribution advances
    • Crowdfunding
    • Grants
    • Co-productions
    • In-kind products and services
  • Completion bonds and budgets

Part 2. Equity Funding 

  • Making a project appeal to investors
  • Creating a business plan
  • Where to look for equity funding



July 10th

State and international incentives, and applying for them

Which incentives makes more sense for your film?

Rebates vs credits

Cashflowing the credits

Impacts of incentives on your budget

Benefits and challenges of co-productions in financing



July 17th

Setting up a successful crowdfunding campaign

Different types of crowdfunding: Equity vs Rewards

Overview of available grants

Applying for grant funding


July 24th

Hiring a sales agent

Attracting presales

Pros and cons of presales

Understanding senior debt and GAP financing



July 31st

Now that you know different financing options available for films, pitch your project and finance plan with your synopsis, rough idea of budget, and get expert feedback from instructors and our guest speaker.




Producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and other filmmakers, who are looking to find funding for their feature films. Investors, who want more clarity on different co-financing options and how film financing structures work.


Julia and Jason were notable!  I appreciated Julia’s and Jason’s clear, down-to-earth approach to film financing and producing. Julia’s book, Success in Film, the courses in Film Financing, and Producing were the ‘best’ investments I’ve made in gaining the clarity and knowledge of building a solid foundation for my company and film projects.
 Audra Kelly, Producer



Jason Piette is a producer and film financier with over 50 movies and TV series to his name, including the $25M The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds ($20M) starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, (both for Sony Pictures Classics); the $33M Napoleon TV series for A & E in the United States; Perfect Creatures ($11M) for Twentieth Century Fox; independent American features such as Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You for Magnolia Pictures and cult classic, part crowdfunded Iron Sky for Entertainment One. Before co-founding Disrupting Influence Jason also worked on the $300 million Movision Film Fund. Jason is a graduate of Cambridge University.


Julia Verdin is a British film producer and founder of Rough Diamond Productions, established in 1994. She has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading producers with over 30 feature films. She is best known for producing the Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes, and starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara, and the Breaking Glass release 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane.

Verdin has recently executive produced Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia. This year she has just directed her first film Lost Girls staring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols and Jamie Harris, and produced The Unwilling directed by Academy Award nominated director Jonathan Heap, and starring Dina Meyer, Jake Thomas and Lance Henriksen.

She is currently developing various projects with writers and directors including Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominated writer/director James Dearden; acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos; Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; WGA Autumn Stories 2010 winner screenwriter Cynthia Riddle, and director Vincenzo Natali.

Verdin is a top film consultant having provided consulting services on development and production. She also wrote the critically acclaimed book, Success in Film, a detailed guide to funding, making and finishing independent films.

Verdin served on the board of BAFTA LA for 12 years. She is based in Los Angeles, and still maintains a base in London.


Graham Bradstreet has been the Chief Financial Officer of FONU2 Inc. since March, 2015. Mr. Bradstreet served as Task Leader of Moon River Studios, Inc. (also known as Medient Studios, Inc.) Mr. Bradstreet served as Executive President & Head of Structured Finance and Executive Operations Director at Medient Studios, Inc. He cofounded Working Title Group of Companies in 1986 and served as its Finance Director. Mr. Bradstreet developed innovative film financing structures that have established him as one of the leading motion picture financiers in the world. He developed the concept of insurance-backed financing and through ICE Media, raised in excess of US$1 Billion of insurance-backed funding that contributed to budgets in excess of US$ 3 Billion covering more than 100 movies (including The Truman Show, Face/Off, Runaway Bride, Sleepy Hollow) for both the studio and independent sectors of the film industry.



Do you want attend the first class in person and online on other weeks? Or, do you want to attend online on some weeks and watch other weeks on VOD?  You have the freedom to attend this course in person, online, or by watching it on VOD without making any prior selection. 

LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smart phone or tablet, please download the ClickMeeting app.

VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s class. 

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