Author: Louise Levison

Louise Levison

Louise Levison is known as the guru of film business plans. She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents and publisher/editor of The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investors. 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.

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Filmmakers & Financing – Why Bother with a Business Plan?


WHY BOTHER WITH A BUSINESS PLAN? Art Versus Profit Lately, this topic has been in heated discussions on social networking and entertainment industry sites. Such activity is often the result of any film festival or market. At the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, James Stern, CEO of Endgame, stated three rules when making a film:…

Filmmaking and Financing

Film Markets – Advice from a Filmmaker


Knowing how to attend and network at film markets is critical. You do not want to be carrying around business plans, handing them to everyone who says, “I can get you a deal.” Common sense will stand you in good stead in attending markets. There is no trick to meeting and greeting, no secret handshakes…

Movie Theater

Indie Films End First Quarter on a High Note


The independent film segment of the domestic theatrical boxoffice started slowly but had a blockbuster March, ending the first quarter with $1.2 billion, 7 percent ahead of the same time last year. The total domestic box office for 2014 was $2.4 billion. March was especially busy, with a $508 million increase over February 2014. In…

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Indie Film is Alive and Well


To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of indie film have been greatly exaggerated. For the first half of 2010, the domestic independent film box office is 5.3% of the same period last year.  Nevertheless, the naysayers were out in force during the same period implying that there was no point in making…

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