Movies Are An Investment (A Risky One At That)

The Motion Picture Academy recently announced the list of the 2018 Oscar nominees. However, before any of the films get their ROI for the creatives involved in the project via Oscar nominations and wins someone had to finance those endeavors.

Movies are big business and as a result, many are willing to invest in these often risky projects. Let us take a second to learn about the finance behind the magic.

Forbes did an examination of the financial underpinnings of an independent film. The results may surprise you.

How To Finance An Independent Film

Indie filmmakers know better than anyone that financing can be one of the most challenging aspects of the movie-making process. In addition to campaigning on Kickstarter, here are a number of effective ways filmmakers can raise money for their independent projects.

The website Cultural Weekly did an analysis a few years ago about the Sundance Film Festival. It's the most famous film festival in America and in many ways the most important one. While Film Festivals are great places for movie lovers to enjoy a wide variety of film by people who are passionate about the art form; they also serve as the market where many films are bought and sold.

The Sundance Film Festival by the numbers.

The Sundance Film Festival by the numbers.

Sundance Infographic 2015: Dollars and Distribution

Congratulations Sundance filmmakers! You have a 4 in 5 chance of getting a distribution deal. That's one key finding from our data-crunching preparation for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. As recently as 2010, getting distribution at Sundance was rare. In that year, as in years prior, only about 10 percent of the movies got deals.