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NOVEMBER 1 - 8, 2017  SANTA MONICA

Producer Resources

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Great titles from Focal Press and Routledge
We’ve selected titles on all the important topics including Production, Screenwriting, Post-production, Documentary and Business & Planning. Receive a 20% discount when you order online. Enter code AFM20 at checkout. Read more…

Finance

What Types of $20M – $50M Films Break Out?
Last year, we took a look at what it takes for a low-budget film to become a breakout hit, and discovered that the most successful movies came from a small number of specific genres. Read more…

 
What Types of Low-Budget Films Break Out?
Our team reviewed every film released from 2000 to 2015, budgeted between $500k and $3 million, with at least $10 million in Producer’s Net Profit. The result: Breakout hits share a common DNA! Learn what makes each group so successful. Read more…

 

What Are Video on Demand Audiences Watching?
Producers are struggling with the lack of transparency in the new distribution landscape. It is quite difficult to see how a film has performed in Video on Demand and there has been no significant analysis into what films are best suited to these new distribution streams. Until now. Read more…

 

Do Good Reviews Lead to a Higher Chance of Financial Success?
To find out the answer, we looked at 3,715 feature films released in US cinemas from 2000 to 2015 and analyzed the correlation between profitability and the views of film critics. The results were enlightening. Read more…

 

The Relative Popularity of Genres Around the World
The first step in understanding what a film or project is worth is knowing its “relative” value. That is, how does its genre perform in each territory relative to the global average? See our full analysis of six key genres across the top 11 territories. Read more…

 

The Full Costs and Income of a £1million Indie Film
Grab a cup of tea – this is a long one. It’s rare for filmmakers to get a candid look at the books of someone else’s film but, thanks to the generosity of Marcus Markou, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Read more…

 

The Best Resource for Global Production Incentives
Entertainment Partners maintains a free, up-to-the-minute analysis of production incentives around the world. This is a great link to bookmark. Read more..

 

The 13 Tough Questions Film Investors Ask
Meeting with investors? Be prepared. Here are 13 questions they are likely to ask you. Read more…

Pitching

10 Tips for Pitching Your Film Successfully
Are you ready to walk “into the room” and pitch to a decision-maker such as an agent, financier, producer, distributor or studio executive? Here are the top ten pitching tips to help you in a high-stakes situation. Read more…

 

20 Things You Should Never Do In A Pitch Meeting
It happens more often than you might think—a writer with a promising project makes a mistake in the room and “ breaks the deal”. Although you may already avoid most of these mistakes, one or two might be a wake-up call. Is it possible that you sabotaged yourself and broke a deal in any of these ways? Read more…

Writing

Screenplay Writing Explained In 7 Infographics
Screenplay writing is a visual art form, so here is a visual approach the topic: 7 of the most succinct and compelling infographics about writing screenplays. Read more…

 

The 7 Phases To Becoming A Screenwriter
Most believe (incorrectly) that to become a screenwriter they need to write one great script, get it into the hands of an agent, the agent sells it and their career begins. This is not actually how to become a screenwriter. Read more…

 

How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell
Here’s a different approach to how to write a screenplay. Stephanie Palmer’s goal isn’t for you to simply write a screenplay – it’s to write a script you can sell. Read more…

China

Ten Things to Know about Working in Film in China

If you are a writer, producer, director, actor or member of the film marketing and distribution chain who believe that working with China will be a part of your future. Read more…

Marketing

10 Tips to Make Your Content Go Viral
Shared online content is a powerful way to a promote film. When your fans tell others about your project, it’s a marketing success for you. Read more…