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Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training: A Virtual On-Demand Intensive

A Virtual Bootcamp focused on getting your film financed & into production!

The Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training Virtual Intensive is now available on-demand at no charge for Film Specific Pro Yearly Members full on-demand access is included in the yearly membership fee of $249) or is available for a la carte purchase for $99. Until now Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training was only available as a virtual group consulting program. This is the on-demand version of our most recent Film Financing 2.0 group coaching intensive.



Learn more about the program below

Are you ready to get serious about financing your films?

Before you go out and start raising one dollar worth of financing for your film, you need to have a solid Financing Plan in place. What that basically means is that you need to have explored different avenues of film financing and committed to which ones are appropriate for your film. For example, are you going 100% private equity? Or do you plan to use other forms of financing as well like Pre-Sales, Tax Incentives, Crowd Funding and Bank Loans?

But the problem is, most filmmakers don't even know which types of financing apply to their films! And because every film is different, different films will require different types of financing and thus, a unique Financing Plan.

To this end...I've created the Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training Virtual Intensive, (now available On-Demand) to show you not only the different components of Film Financing in today's marketplace, but instruct you on how to apply them to your film.

This entire 4-part on-demand program is available for a la carte purchase for $99 or is also available at no extra charge to all Film Specific Pro+ Members (aka Film Specific Yearly Members).

The Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training On-Demand Intensive is comprised of FOUR downloadable lecture and Q&A sessions (recorded from our most recent live virtual bootcamp). You'll also have access to supporting materials including session worksheets, resource guides, supplementary materials and online discussion forums to ask questions and get input on your own projects.

Here's what we cover in the program:

Session 1: Pitching To Production Companies
• Finding a Producing partner for your film
• Which companies to target
• How to approach companies & what to ask for
• The economic reality of working with another Production Company

Session 2: Tax Incentives
• Which tax programs make sense for your film
• Domestic vs. Foreign
• How to monetize: Turning Tax Incentives into cash
• The role of brokers and banks

Session 3: Pre-Sales & Co-Productions
Film Financing expert Jeff Steele is our guest lecturer. Jeff shares his invaluable knowledge on pre-sales & co-pros
• The elements you'll need in place to explore Pre-Sales & Co-Pro's
• How Pre-Sales are actually monetized
• How many Pre-Sales you should target
• The pro's and con's of Co-Productions

Session 4: Crowd Funding
Crowd funding & film marketing expert Thomas Mai is our guest lecturer. Thomas shares his invaluable knowledge on successful crowd funding for your films
• Donation vs. Investment
• How to maximize your Crowd Funding campaign
• When to use Crowd Funding
• Using Crowd Funding sites vs. your own site

Also included in the Film Financing 2.0 Essential Training On-Demand Intensive:

3 months of complimentary membership to for ongoing support (value: $75 -- only available for a la carte purchase)

A Virtual Classroom (accessible online) to ask all your questions about the material and how it relates to your own projects.

Session worksheets to help you develop your financing plan

MP3 Recordings of all lectures and Q&A Sessions

The Value of On-Demand Coaching Programs
This is a coaching program specifically designed for those who are looking to gain an understanding of the various options which may be available to them in respect to financing their films and create a financing plan for their project.

For a less than a quarter of the price of just one hour of individual consulting with me at my hourly rate of $500, you become a part of this four installment intensive program. I created this group program in order to give filmmakers the guidance they need while keeping it extremely cost-effective and "indie-friendly".

But there is actually a much more substantial value...once you have an understanding of how to create a financing plan, it is something you can apply to every film in your slate. That kind of potential long-term value is immeasurable.



Stacey Parks has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. She is the author of "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution" (2007 Focal Press), considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films. Stacey has recently completed work on the 2nd edition to "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution," to be published by Focal Press in late winter/early spring of 2012.

Stacey is also the founder of, a training and consultancy organization for independent filmmakers focused on exploring financing and distribution models to maximize opportunities for their films in the international marketplace. Additionally, she founded where she writes extensively on how to make movies that sell. Since it's launch in 2007, has become a trusted resource amongst independent filmmakers with an active community of over 10,000, from all corners of the globe. has been named by Moviemaker Magazine as "one of the 50 best websites for moviemakers", and, more recently, "one of the top 25 websites that filmmakers need to know about".

As a consultant, Stacey advises on all aspects of finance, distribution, and marketing for her clients' films including providing strategic guidance on finance and distribution plans, packaging for pre-sales, audience-engagement campaigns, and facilitating distribution for finished films. Her clients include Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto award-winning filmmakers and producers who have successfully secured studio and mini-major distribution for their films.

Prior to founding Film Specific, Stacey was a foreign sales agent securing distribution for hundreds of independent features and programs worldwide. Before becoming a sales agent, she served as associate producer of the feature film "Shadow Magic" (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. She was a pioneer in online video content in its earliest days, producing a London-based internet TV series called SEED TV about socially conscious entrepreneurs in 2001, which was executive produced by renowned British PR 'guru' Lynne Franks. Stacey began her career in 1995 at the William Morris Agency, working in the soundtrack and independent film packaging departments.

More recently in 2010 Stacey went back to her Producing roots and launched Media Sparks Entertainment which specializes in producing film and television projects with international appeal for all media platforms. Stacey also works on putting together international co-production and co-financing ventures for film and TV projects with international partners.

Stacey has conducted extensive lectures and workshops on film distribution, finance and marketing for the British Film Institute, the South Australia Film Corporation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), FilmArc for FilmPool Nord, UCLA, Women In Film, Berlin Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival. Stacey has also spoken on panels at the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Market, and Slamdance, and for organizations including the Producers Guild of America, NALIP, Women in Film, and the Alliance of Women DIrectors, among others.

Stacey has been profiled or interviewed in MovieMaker Magazine, Student Filmmakers Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine and has served as an instructor in UCLA Extension's Entertainment Studies Department.

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an International MBA from Pepperdine University. She travels extensively and, at last count, has visited over 40 countries. When not traveling, Stacey currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She has previously lived in London, Paris, Florence, and the Netherlands.