The Art and Commerce of Film

SWAMP’s Business of Film + New Media Conference will now be a series of monthly workshops that will explore the art and commerce of cinema and new media with working industry professionals and filmmakers.

The Business of Film Series is dedicated to strengthening the business, administrative, legal and marketing skills of independent filmmakers and the production team. With the independent film world changing daily, it’s vital to be informed about current trends in the production and distribution of film.

Whether you are an emerging filmmaker or an experienced producer, the Business of Film Series is for you. Filmmaking is a business and film production, documentary or narrative, is a journey that you can’t make effectively or efficiently without dealing with the reality of the business. Learn about the back office aspects of production, such as copyright, contracts, budgeting, insurance, and other essentials.

Experts in the field will talk about current trends as well as the future of independent filmmaking. Meet fellow filmmakers! Discover new resources! It will all be here for you to seize the day and follow your passion.

The Business of Film Series will begin in August 2018. We are finalizing the dates but here are the topics we will cover:

How to set up an LLC and write a business plan
How to create a viable production budget
Know your financing options: tax breaks, investors, crowdfunding, grants, blockchain
Learn how to become a Sag/Aftra Signatory (what every producer must know!)
Production management, including contracts/deal memos and production scheduling
Distribution and Marketing (social media and building your brand)

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