Film/TV Financing Options and Equity Funding | Raindance Film School


Film Financing Options and Equity Funding – Raindance LA


Availability: Video-on-demand
Duration: Single Tuesday Afternoon
Course Fee: $59.00

20% off for Raindance Premium Members



At a glance

  • learn more about the current marketplace for film and TV financing
  • live examples and real-life situations explained and demonstrated
  • expand your knowledge on equity funding

This class is part of the How to Set Up Your TV Show and Finance Your Film class.

About the class

Film finance can be confusing. Learning to speak film finance speak is an art in itself. But you needn’t worry. This entertaining and fact-filled class will bring you up-to-date with a film finance overview.

Who should attend:

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

What you will learn:

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

What they are saying

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

About your instructors

film finance crash course

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. Jason is currently working on several TV series with Netflix.

fund your film

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. Christmas Survival directed by James Dearden starring Gemma Whelan, Joely Richardson, Julian Ovenden and James Fox.

She is currently developing various film and TV 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.

Two way to attend:

1.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.

2.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. 

Ask how Raindance Film School can help your career advance