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How to finance independent films?

As in any businesses, there is always a few different ways of financing film production.
I have already written about funds, grants and fiscal sponsorship and posted a pretty long list of funding organizations from around the world.
In this article I would like to present to you a few more ways to finance your film.
1. A lot of documentaries are financed with grants and donations.
2. Feature films (since the features are much more expensive) need more money and more investments so you can try: territory pre-sales, investors, studio funds or/and combination of two or more.

3. Tax breaks/production incentives across many states in USA and countries around the world help finance filmmaking.
4. Gifts from family and friends or charitable contributions can be tax deductible. (Check in your own country what kind of acts form non-profit/charitable organization. In USA it is under 501(c) 3 organization/non-profit enteritis. You don’t have to have your own charitable organization, you can find many charities to act as an umbrella for your project, of course for a fee).
5. Gap financing is based on financing your film through the pre-sale to one or more countries/territories. It may sound unclear so I’ll explain it for you. Once you have the pre-sale contract/s, you go to the bank and show them your contract/s. The bank should and hopefully will lend you the money which you are still short of after signing the pre-sale contract/s. The bank is covering the gap between your contracts and your budget. Of course banks will charge you an additional interest on that.
6. Loans work like any other loan needing/taking projects. You can either have a secure loan (more likely to receive repayments and if you don’t pay whatever secured, your loan will be taken away form you) and unsecured loan (no backing, money on your credit card or money from family and friends). Loans can be obtained from banks or private investors, (very likely these loans will have to be secured).
7. Distributors finance the film/project. The Distributor obtains the rights to distribute the film and in exchange he provides the money for the project to be completed.
8. Borrowing money against the pre-sale contracts. It’s a similar way to the gap financing but this time you make a deal with one or more distributors in various countries and holding the contracts you go to the bank and ask them to lend you the money against the contracts.
9. Investor financing. Finding private investors or corporations to invest money in your project. Often you will have to form a new production company that would include your investors who would want to become shareholders in your future revenue.
10. Equity Investments. A joint venture by individuals, corporations, limited companies. (Contact your lawyer if you decide to finance your film by using equity investments).
In many countries you will be able to find offers, exemptions for investors, tax returns, write offs, gift tax etc. that are successfully used for financing films.
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The Best Plan Ever

I plan everything I do. Every single step of my day is carefully crafted to the smallest detail. I have no time for mistakes or mismanagement of my time.

After my careful “basic” planning I sit down and map out more detailed plans. I spend most of my thinking time planning how to plan better in order to become more productive.

I’m the queen of planning. In a way I plan to plan.

According to my life strategic plan every minute of my life should be planned. When I have no plan my anxious nature takes over and I end up having anxiety attacks. I start shaking on the inside, am unable to move, my body aches and the fear is so painful that I want to jump out of my skin just to stop this feeling for a sec. or two.

If I’m going to be totally honest with you none of my plans have ever entirely worked the way I had planned.

Moreover, it seems that now I can’t even plan a day in advance without some unexpected shit coming up that ruins my plans.

What do I have to do to stop planning while allowing trust to take over my life instead of constant unbearable fear? Is there an answer to this question?