How do you access international financing for your film project? What are the how to's, pros, & cons of working in both Europe & the US, & what's it like to get financing from both locations?
A global economy means global opportunities. Everyone from studios, to mini-studios, to big production companies & platforms are producing & shooting abroad. Why? Not only does shooting abroad help filmmakers get access to great locations, but it also allows them access to soft money, which minimizes the risk of their investors. While this might sound like something only big corporations can have access to, in reality any independent producer can tap into the same opportunities - if they have the knowledge & the right contacts.
In this interactive class, you'll learn about different financing models: European vs. American vs. a hybrid model. You'll also learn about different financing sources - like government & state grants, supra-country grants, tax incentives & shelters - & how they can or cannot work with each model.
The instructor for this class is Martin Rosete, a Spanish-born & Spanish Academy Award nominated filmmaker who's lived in the US for the past 12 years. Martin will use case studies from his own experiences in filmmaking as examples, to demonstrate the how to's, pros, & cons, of working in both Europe & the US, & what it's like to get financing from both places.
The class will cover in detail:
The Script / Understand why it is crucial to find the right script. Every story is unique, & so are its needs. As such, not all projects can be co-financed internationally.
Case Study: MONEY by Martin Rosete
Packaging / Also known as learning the art of compromise. When you get soft money from a country, it usually comes with some rules & restrictions. You may need to bring some actors from one or other territory to fulfill the rules of the grant.
Case Study: REMEMBER ME by Martin Rosete
Shooting & Post-production / The same rules as packaging apply here. Usually if you get a grant from a country, you will have to spend most of that money in that country, & in citizens from there, with a few exceptions.
Sales & Release / Having a certain nationality attached to your film can be an asset. Learn how you can increase your chances of selling a film in Europe (and getting a bigger offer) can increase exponentially.
What You Will Learn
European vs. American vs. hybrid financing models & financing sources
How to find the right script (or tailor your own) to boost opportunities for international financing
Rules & restrictions that often come along with international grants, with regards to packaging, shooting, & post-production
How to increase your chances of selling a film in Europe (and getting a bigger offer)
Martin Rosete is an award-winning Spanish film director based in New York.
In 2018, Rosete directed REMEMBER ME, an American-Spanish-French romantic comedy starring two-time Oscar Nominee, Bruce Dern, & Golden Globe Winner, Brian Cox. The movie will release theatrically in 2019.
Rosete's directorial debut was an American thriller titled MONEY, written by Josep Ciutat & produced with Atit Shah. The film stars Jamie Bamber, Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams & Jess Weixler. MONEY was released worldwide by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment & Netflix in 2017.
In 2013, Rosete was nominated for the Spanish Academy Award (Goya Awards) & won over 100 awards for his short film VOICE OVER, including the Melies d'Or at Stiges Film Festival.
Variety has called Rosete one of Spain's most talked-about shorts/commercials directors.