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21-Apr-2014 5:14am PDT  

 

FILM-COM Financing & Distribution Market - Features, Television, Docs, Video-Gaming

5 Annual June 17, 2014 to June 21, 2014

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@ Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250
Nashville TN 37219
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info@film-com.com
http://film-com.com

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film Project-in-Progress
FILM-COM is looking for feature film projects in the packaging phase, meaning projects that are beyond the screenplay phase and have some production personnel involved, budget, ideally a business plan, perhaps some funding and/or distribution and/or talent attachments and anything that makes the work as marketable as possible to potential financing and distribution companies or co-production partners.

Screenplays with no traction yet established are not truly optimal to enter into FILM-COM. Therefore, do not upload a completed film or unproduced screenplay. We are not set up to process screenplays. Film-Com requires a promo video, 1-page synopsis, 1-sheet promo art, and for you to complete the Project Status Form at www.film-com.com

However, if you only have a screenplay and are just getting started, you are more than welcome to attend the FILM-COM makret, for the purposes of developing your project further. That's what FILM-COM is for.

Meanwhile, you are encouraged to attend the entirety of Film-Com Market itself, because there are multiple opportunities available for networking with film / television executives and potential co-production partners.
Documentary Project-in-Progress
FILM-COM can assist with certain documentary projects that are in the packaging or partially shot phase, where completion capital is needed. Docs are typically not financed in the same manner as a feature film, and may involve partial / total grant funding or a television deal.

Documentaries tend to evolve in two categories -

1] festival projects that have no particular commercial objective or artistic restrictions or time limit, or
2] projects that are either commissioned by or can be cut for specific cable networks or PBS.

Category 1 generally needs to be funded via grants and/or patrons of the arts and/or non-profits who believe in the mission of specific documentaries. It can be very difficult to earn significant enough revenues on this type of doc to raise funds through private investors, unless the private investors, themselves, believe in the subject matter strongly and have no concern about earning a profit for contributing to the project.

Category 2 involves documetaries that are either deliberately tailored for one or more specific cable networks that can pay a significant licensing fee for the rights to broadcast the doc, or are projects that are commercial enough in subject matter and design to potentially warrant some form of domestic theatrical distribution -- realistically, these are very rare. In the case of docs where there is legitimate commercial potential, the budget of the project should be gauged according to the realistic range of revenues that might be earned via sales and licensing of the finished project.

Lastly, some documentaries may lend themselves to being prototypes for a television series. This avenue should be realistically contemplated.

Film-Com can help with Category 2 type documentaries and with those that might be applicable as prototypes for television series. You are welcome to attend [not enter] Film-Com with Category 1 projects, though we strongly suggest you pursue grants, private and institutional entities that believe in the mission of your film, or crowd-source fundraising mechanisms.

To reiterate Film-Com's primary focus on review of the business and marketing elements of any project:

Do not upload either a fully completed film or a completely unproduced script or treatment for your documentary. Film-Com requires a promo video, 1-page synopsis, 1-sheet promo art, and for you to complete the Project Status Form at www.film-com.com

In order to qualify for direct project presentation to industry executives, potential financiers and co-producton partners, you must plan to participate in Film-Com and exhibit your project at the New Project Expo. All official entries through Withoutabox will be given free booth space at the New Project Expo.
Television Project-in-Progress
Film-Com accepts television concepts in the packaging phase, where either a pilot may be already shot and/or a show package is being assembled that includes pilot script, concepts for succeeding episodes, potential corporate sponsors, any talent or funding attachments and so on.

Film-Com is not designed for syndication of already completed projects.

Television concepts fall into categories of scripted and non-scripted [aka reality], and in scripted they fall into various sub-categories including sit-com, one-hour drama, soap, game show and so on. Film-Com has various types of television executives participating, as well as other entities in the business who may provide connectivity to a wider array of television contacts appropriate to different projects.


To reiterate, Film-Com's primary focus is on projects-in-progress, and primary emphasis on review of the business elements of a project:

Do not upload a completed pilot or unproduced screenplay. Film-Com requires a promo video, 1-page synopsis, 1-sheet promo art, and for you to complete the Project Status Form at www.film-com.com

If there is interest by execs or potential co-production partners, they will follow up with review of your show bible and/or pilot and the full package of materials you have available.

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Do not upload either a fully completed film or a completely unproduced script or treatment for your documentary. Film-Com requires a promo video, 1-page synopsis, 1-sheet promo art, and for you to complete the Project Status Form at www.film-com.com

In order to qualify for direct project presentation to industry executives, potential financiers and co-productIon partners, you must plan to participate in Film-Com and exhibit your project at the New Project Expo. All official entries through Withoutabox will be given free booth space at the expanded 2-day New Project Expo.
Video/Computer-Gaming

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
FILM-COM is a pragmatically focused packaging, financing and distribution market that connects works-in-progress or newly shot feature, television, documentary or video-gaming concepts with domestic and foreign distribution companies, production capital, P&A funding, product integration specialists, potential co-production partners, agents and qualified producers reps.

FILM-COM has
> An expanded 2-day New Project Expo viewed by industry execs
> Direct presentation sessions to industry execs
> An online new product catalog that remains available to execs until the project gets made
> Many networking gatherings with execs - morning, noon and night
> The Financing & Distribution Summit -- substantial business seminars
> And more ways to provide useful assistance to content creators.

The primary assessment is on a project's marketability.

FILM-COM is not a 'festival' geared for the consumer public; It is a transactional business market designed to establish relationships for creators of new content seeking packaging, financing and distribution relationships.

FILM-COM has FILMOLUTION partnerships with the Faith in Film Conference, Script-Com Screenwriting Workshop, Composers for Film & Television Symposium, Songwriters for Film & Television Forum, and emerging Latino CineTV Conference.

FILM-COM is designed so that content creators can spend days meeting industry executives who can make a difference, rather than an event where one is made to feel lucky to get 5 minutes of someone's time. The execs at FILM-COM are deliberately participating to interact with you.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
No zoo. Just business.

FILM-COM

Industry participants have included and connectivity still includes:

The Weinstein Company
DreamWorks Animation
Lionsgate
SyFy
CBS
A&E
TruTV
Fox Television
American Public Television
William Morris Endeavor
Sony Affirm
RIVR Media
East-West Bank
Virgin Produced
Provident Films
Valhalla
Fox Television
The Film Department
NewMarket Films
Nu Image / Millennium
Star Partners Capital
River Road Entertainment
Ingram Entertainment
BRI Capital
Abramorama
Strategic Film Partners
AmeriComm Capital
POV
Cowan Entertainment
EchoLight Studios
Eisenberg-FisherEntertainment Partners
Waking Giants Media
NETA Documentaries
Front Porch Entertainment
ARC Entertainment
The Panda FundRed Sea Media
Stone Management Product Integration
RegalWorks
Michael Uslan, Executive Producer "Dark Knight Rises" / Batman films
Gil Adler, Producer "Valkyrie"
Callie Khouri, writer "Thelma & Louise," creator of "Nashville" TV series
Numerous others..
And qualified producer reps and attorneys to have networks of connections.

FILM-COM

A market designed specifically for creators of feature film, television, documentary and video-gaming concepts who are tired of getting lost or the cold-shoulder at vast industry events, and spending months or years trying to launch projects through general consumer festivals.

The holy grail of independent filmmakers -- no nonsense connection to financing, distribution and other pragmatic entities that can help get a project made and to domestic & foreign markets.

If you have a work-in-progress, a short film that can serve as a prototype for a feature-length project, a television concept, a newly shot feature film that needs production capital, domestic or foreign distribution, P&A funding, product placement / integration partners, banks experienced in film, gap financing, and/or potential co-production partners, the FILM-COM Financing & Distribution Market is uniquely designed for you.

FILM-COM is centered in the multi-billion dollar entertainment capital of Nashville, Tennessee. We understand the meaning of international finance and distribution.

The primary assessment on all projects is your project's marketability, regardless of genre or subject matter. Our website at

www.film-com.com

provides a clear checklist of Marketability Factors used for assessment.

All projects officially entered are enabled exposure to distributors and financial partners on site in booths at the New Project Expo and via FILM-COM's online product catalog, as well as a printed catalog provided to all participating industry executives.

A select group of the most marketable projects will be given the opportunity to present in-person to domestic & foreign distribution companies, financiers, and potential co-production partners who will be attending FILM-COM in June.

NOTE: YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT FILM-COM and exhibit your project at the New Project Expo in order TO QUALIFY FOR A DIRECT PRESENTATION SLOT to executives and potential financiers or co-production partners.

If your project is not selected as one of the most marketable, unlike the conventional festival, you can re-approach FILM-COM with the same project in the future as you accumulate elements of your film package such as key talent attachments, partial production capital toward the budget, a foreign sales partner, and so on.

FILM-COM is not a cultural event for general audiences. It is a transactional market and practical system designed by filmmakers for filmmakers to establish pragmatic relationships.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE OPTIMUM USEFULNESS IS NOT ONLY TO ENTER A PROJECT INTO FILM-COM, BUT TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT EACH YEAR, BECAUSE THERE ARE MULTIPLE DAYS AND MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED A PROJECT VIA WITHOUTABOX TO NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES WHO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS.

Participating industry entities in the past and current connections include:

The Weinstein Company
DreamWorks Animation
Lionsgate
CBS
Fox Television
American Public Television
A&E
TruTV
William Morris Endeavor:
City National Bank
East-West Bank
Star Partners Capital
Valhalla
Virgin Produced
Nu Image / Millennium
Sony Affirm
The Panda Fund
Ingram Entertainment
SyFy
River Road Entertainment ["12 Years A Slave']
Richard Abramowitz - Abramorama
Gil Adler ["Valkyrie," "Constantine" and other works]
Caprise Arreola - The Talent Office
Alex Barder - Strategic Film Partners
Joe Carello – AmeriComm Capital
Andrew Catauro - POV [PBS]
Cindy Cowan - Cowan Entertainment
Bobby Downes - EchoLight Studios
Joel Eisenberg - Eisenberg-Fisher @ Paramount Studios
Mitchell Galin - Epiphany Productions
John Hadity - Formerly Disney / Miramax- Financed over $4 billion in film projects
Eric L. Haney - Exec Producer Television – “The Unit”
Justin Harvey - Nashville Public Television / PBS
Dee Haslam - RIVR Media / Nest
Ken Herfurth - Waking Giants Media
Ben Howard, - Provident Films
Tifanie Jodeh - Entertainment Law Partners – L.A.
Dan Johnson - OnBuzz
Callie Khouri – Creator Thelma & Louise, “Nashville” television series
Gayle Loeber - NETA Documentary
Lance McAlindon - Front Porch Entertainment
Tucker Moore - ARC Entertainment
Steve Rawlins - BRI Capital
Hadeel Reda - Red Sea Media
Tom Schulman – Writer “Dead Poet’s Society,” “Medicine Man’ and other works
Adam Stone – Stone Management Product Integration
Michael Uslan – Executive Producer “Dark Knight Rises” and entire Batman franchise
Dane West - RegalWorks
And numerous others..

www.film-com.com

ORGANIZERS
Andy van Roon (Chairman / GM ) ; Andy van Roon (Chairman / GM ) ; Andy van Roon (Chairman / GM ) ; Tim Ormond (Film-Com Webmaster)

GENERAL RULES
THE PROCESS

*Registration
**Project Connectivity to Financing, Distribution & Co-Production Partners
***Film-Com Events

*Registration Is Easy as 1, 2 3:

1] Content creators will register their work-in-progress -- either feature film, television concept, documentary or video/computer-gaming concept -- and pay through Withoutabox.com. Filmmakers can register as many different projects and project types that they like, though each must be registered, paid for, and assessed separately.

2] After registration through Withoutabox.com, filmmakers then go to the Film-Com website at

www.film-com.com

and go to

PROJECT STATUS FORM

To:

A) fill out concise, essential business breakdown of each project submitted; i.e., if there is any funding attached; if there is any talent attached; how much funding is needed for completion; if there are any current deals for distribution pending, and any other details that are relevant to the business of the project
B) upload 1-sheet / promo art sheet on Project Status Form, which is basically a mini-poster that includes project art, key cast and production, tag line, relevant info [very condensed] about the project, project website, and contact info
C) upload synopsis of your project
D) provide link to promo video or at least filmmaker reel [promo video optimum].

IMPORTANT: The PROJECT STATUS FORM can be continuously updated by the content creator, and is used by FILM-COM to assess each project's marketability, as well as to look out for possible connectivity to potential financing, distribution or co-production partners for each project.

That's it. Registration complete.

NOTE 1: We strongly suggest that you read the Guidelines and Marketability Factors sections on the site at www.film-com.com

NOTE 2: If your payment via Withoutabox does not clear, your Project Status Form will not take effect; i.e., your project will not be officially registered in Film-Com.


**Project Connectivity to Financing, Distribution and Co-Production:

1] With the permission of each filmmaker, projects will be posted on the Film-Com New Project Catalog, which will be viewable by industry executives either attending or connected to Film-Com -- this includes domestic and foreign distributors, completion funds, film banks, gap financiers, product integration specialists, producer reps, and potential co-production partners.

2] The business information on the Project Status Form, 1-page synopsis and promo video material for each project will be weighed by Film-Com according to marketability to domestic and foreign markets.

3] All projects officially entered through Withoutabox will be given free booth space at the expanded 2-day New Project Expo.

4] Filmmakers with the most marketable properties will be able to present their projects at Film-Com in private session to distribution companies and related industry entities that may provide completion funding and other support for those projects.

5] After the most marketable properties have been selected for direct presentation at the Film-Com event, other projects at the New Project Expo will be selected on stand-by to also make direct presentations to industry executives, time permitting.

6] At the Film-Com event, the projects selected for private session presentation will each have a 10-15-minute slot to demonstrate concept, business aspects, DVD about their project directly to distribution companies and potential financial partners. THESE PRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE PRECEDED AND FOLLOWED UP BY NETWORKING DURING MANY OTHER NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES OVER THE MULTIPLE DAYS OF FILM-COM.

7] TO QUALIFY FOR A PRIVATE DIRECT PRESENTATION SESSION, FILMMAKERS MUST ATTEND FILM-COM AND EXHIBIT AT THE NEW PROJECT EXPO. ALL FILMMAKERS WHO OFFICIALLY ENTER FILM-COM VIA WITHOUTABOX ARE GUARANTEED FREE EXHIBITION SPACE AT THE EXPANDED 2-DAY NEW PROJECT EXPO, WHICH IS ALSO ATTENDED BY INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES.

ADDITIONALLY, FILMMAKERS CAN NETWORK WITH EXECS AT BREAKFASTS ON THREE CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS AT FILM-COM. AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET EXECS FOR DRINKS, LUNCH, DINNER DURING VARIOUS WINDOWS OVER THE COURSE OF FILM-COM.

8] The overall process means that all filmmakers submitting entries can be guaranteed various forms of exposure to industry executives via the New Project Expo, the printed catalog, networking sessions, and some with rare opportunity to make direct presentations about their projects directly to distribution companies and related entities seeking new works for development, acquisition and distribution.

NOTE A: It is expected that when you first register your project, it may be less developed than when it is presented to distribution companies and potential financial partners. It is important to register sooner than later, so that your project is on our radar screen, with the knowledge that elements can be added or improved over time.

NOTE B: IT CANNOT BE OVER-EMPHASIZED THAT THE MOST PRAGMATIC USE OF FILM-COM IS TO SPEND FOUR DAYS & THREE NIGHTS AT THE MARKET, ITSELF. ALL EMPHASIS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON A VERY LIMITED PRIVATE SESSION SLOT.

BY ATTENDING FILM-COM, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH PRAGMATIC RELATIONSHIPS FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Film-Com Terms & Conditions I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (the "Project"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Project's submittal for consideration for the Film-Com Financing & Distribution Completion Market (the “Market”): 1] I hereby confirm that the Project being submitted to the Market is a project-in-progress; more developed than just at the script phase yet not a fully produced and completed property; i.e., still needing some funding, distribution and other elements that would help bring my project to fruition and completion. 2] I hereby represent and warrant to the Market that the treatment or script for the Project has been registered with either the Writers Guild of America West [WGAw] or the Writers Guild of America East [WGAe] or the Library of Congress [LoC] prior to submitting to the Market, and that a REGISTRATION NUMBER must be provided with the submission to the Market. I hereby acknowledge that there shall be NO EXCEPTIONS, and that projects not providing a WGAw or WGAe or LoC registration number will be returned. I understand that the Market wishes to ensure that my project is fully registered and protected, prior to being reviewed by anyone participating in the Market. 3] I hereby represent and warrant to the Market that: (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights) in or relating to the Project (the “Project’s Owners”), to present this Project at the Market, (b) presentation of the Project at the Market will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity; and (c) the Project is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Project the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding. 4] I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the presentation of the Project at the Market will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full any necessary license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the presentation of the Project at or in connection with the Market. 5] In the event that the Project is selected for presentation at the Market, I acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that presentation of the Project does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Market on the one hand and myself and/or the Project’s Owners on the other. I further acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that I and we understand that neither I nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation, prizes or cash awards at the Market. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Market in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Market’s selection of the Project. I and the Project’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Project by the Market does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Market of the content of the Project or any opinion expressed therein. 6] I agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Market, together with each of their parents, affliliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “Film-Com Related Parties”) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity or may be incurred by the Market, Film-Com Related Parties at any time in connection with the Project or the Market’s use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Market, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions. 7] I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Project is being submitted to the Market voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Market any Film-Com Related Parties to accept the Project for the Market, to present the Project at the Market, or to return the Project to me or others. I further agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Project’s Owners, that I and the Project’s Owners, in submitting the Project for consideration, are waiving and relinquishing any right to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the Market or any Film-Com Related Parties, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, presentation, or failure to present the Project (including, without limitation, claims relating to any failure or refusal to present the Project at the Market, the presentation or marketing of the Project at or in connection with the Market, alleged oral or written representations by the Market or its representatives relating to the submission or presentation of the Project, and any other matters arising from or relating to the submission of the Project), whether such claims may be based on theories of contract, implied contract, tort, statute, or other legal theory. In the event that any claim is asserted or any proceeding is commenced in violation of the agreement set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, I agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify the Market from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs) that are incurred by any of the foregoing as a result of or in connection with any such claim or proceeding brought in violation of the representations and agreements set forth in this paragraph, including, without limitation, reimbursement of all attorney’s fees incurred or to be incurred by the Market or any Film-Com Related Parties in connection with any claim, arbitration or other proceeding brought or initiated by me or any of the Project’s Owners or any other representative of the Project. 8] In the event that the Project is accepted by the Market, I hereby grant, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, each of the following rights to the Market, the Film-Com Institute and their related entities without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Project for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the Project creators and the Project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Project and to grant the Market the right to provide this information to entities sponsoring Market events. 9] I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state or country, I have provided the Market with a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. 10] I hereby understand that Film-Com is a non-profit entity whose mission is to provide connectivity for filmmakers to potential sources of financing, distribution and other contacts and resources in order to help bring their projects to fruition, that it is the full responsibility of the filmmaker to capitalize on such connectivity, that Market can make no guarantees about the success of any Project, and that Film-Com is operating in good faith to assist in any way it can. 11] By clicking "I Agree" below, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Project’s Owners by the Market or any Film-Com Related Parties.