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The Business of Independent Film

  • Monday, October 28, 2013
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601


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The Business of Independent Film:
An Introduction to Business Planning for Film
with Louise Levison

If you want to cash in on the $9 billion independent film market, come to this workshop with Louise Levison, author of Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents. Taking the mystique out of film financing for both filmmakers and investors, she’ll clarify, demystify and streamline the business plan process. You will understand the business of the industry, markets, distribution, how the money flows, how to develop financial projections and pitching investors.


Louise Levison, President of Business, is the author of “Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents” (7th edition, Focal Press, 2013). A highly respected financial consultant in the entertainment industry for 25 years, she specializes in the creation of film business plans. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million. The sixth edition her book continues to be available in Mandarin. She also is editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor. Levison is an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA, has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, Chapman University and the University of Montana (Missoula) and has presented seminars around the world. Levison has an M.A. in Asian Area Studies (New York University) and an M.B.A. in Finance (California State University) and a B.A. from Simmons College (Boston).

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.



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