SXSW 2024

Reel Money: The Art of Indie Film Financing


With the changes in audience consumption and streamer spending, financing an indie film is more difficult than ever. Filmmakers must strike a balance between creative vision and commercial viability based on distributor demands. How will this affect the diversity of films being made (and the diversity within such projects)? This panel will cover the pre-sale model, tax credits, loans, and equity and gap financing, as well as the ways financing has impacted creative decision-making throughout the industry.

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  1. A better appreciation of the changes within the industry related to audience consumption and reduction of streamer spending and why they should care.
  2. Key considerations when approaching indie film financing, including detailed discussion on presales, tax credits, loans, equity and gap financing.
  3. Best practices in how to navigate the closing process and/or bridge the gap between various financiers to ensure a more efficient closing.



Sophia Yen, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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