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Writing Winning Business Plans for Independent Filmmakers, with Louise Levison

  • Saturday, May 07, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Radium/Reel FX, 301 N. Crowdus St., Dallas, 75226


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Mark your calendars now for Saturday morning, May 7 when Women in Film.Dallas brings Louise Levison’s film financing presentation to Dallas. 


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.  She takes the mystique out of creating a winning business plan to raise film financing.  From the executive summary to the financial plan, participants learn how to research, organize, and present their case to investors.  Whether you are making one film or several, this seminar is for you.


Louise Levison has been creating business plans for films and film companies, as well as consulting on other aspects of the independent film business, for 25 years. 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.


Louise Levison, Film Finance Consultant

Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies (, has been a financial consultant in the film industry for more than 20 years. She specializes in creating business plans for film and consulting on other aspects of independent filmmaking and distribution.  She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents (Sixth Edition, October 2009, Focal Press) and publisher/editor of The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investors.  Levison’s 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.  She also is Co-Executive Producer of Blood for Blood. Other clients’ projects include Crimebusters, Black, White and Blues, Moving Midway, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, Protecting the King, The Open Road, Dinner Rush, Paradise (aka Little Chicago), The First of May, Michael Winslow Live and California Dreaming.  Among her corporate clients are Danny Glover’s Louverture Films (2008 nominee for Best Documentary Academy Award Trouble the Water, Toussaint) and his Louverture Film Fund I, The Pamplin Film Company, Majestic World Entertainment, Summitworks Film Fund 1, Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios (Broken Hill), Monterrey Pictures Entertainment, Tokuma International Ltd (Shall We Dance, Princess Mononoke) and the Ilya Salkind Company.  Levison is also an affiliate of the Berlin-based consulting company Peacefulfish ( and writes an industry blog for Baseline Intelligence (, a division of Baseline StudioSystems.


Levison is an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA and has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, Chapman University (Orange County, CA) and the University of Montana (Missoula).  She has presented seminars and/or been on panels at the Sundance Film Festival (including “Financing Your Film: Avoiding the Pitfalls from Business Plan to Distribution” in 2010 and 2011), Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent (FIND), , Producer’s Guild of America, Galway (Ireland) Film Fleadh, National Association of Broadcasters, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Florida Media Market, American Black Film Festival, National Association Of Latino Independent Producers, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Film Festival, Georgia Film and Video Center, Austin Film Festival, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, Cincinnati Film Commission, Arizona Film Commission, Independent Cinema Expo, Women in Film, California Lawyers for the Arts,  Nashville Film Festival, The Learning Annex (New York and Los Angeles) and others. 


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