Have a webisode you want to shoot but lack a production budget? Need finishing funds for your indie feature? Turn to crowd funding to get your project made!
USC's Women of Cinematic Arts presents
Finance My Project Online Workshop & Panel
with Akua Boyenne & Harold Lewis
(The sequel to last year’s Crowd Funding Workshop & Panel)
Featuring AKUA BOYENNE, LA-based entertainment attorney, and HAROLD LEWIS, Founder and Chief Deal Officer for PITCH2ME.NET.
How do I raise money for my next project?
"Crowd funding" – using the Internet to raise donations from the public – has become an increasingly popular and accessible way to finance a film. Learn what the latest rules are using platforms like Kickstarter.com, Indiegogo.com and now social media!
After the crowds are gone, what’s next?
Instead of chasing down bankers, distributors and studios, learn how you can use online professional funding as an efficient way to connect with funders interested in your specific type of project.
Attend this comprehensive workshop with industry experts and learn how to build an effective crowd funding campaign. Then use the momentum you’ve gained from crowd funding and turn to the professionals to get your project financed!
AKUA BOYENNE is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney specializing in music, film and television transactions. Her clients include award-winning and aspiring writers, directors, actors, producers and production companies that work in both the studio and independent systems. Akua and her staff of legal professionals also specialize in additional entertainment related areas of law including: corporate formation, trademark registration, copyright filing, music and finance transactions.
HAROLD LEWIS is the Founder and Chief Deal Officer for PITCH2ME.NET, an online film finance platform that brings filmmakers and professional film financiers together. PITCH2ME.NETallows filmmakers to upload about 40 elements of their projects including a pitch video, trailers, script, budget, cast, etc., then allows investors (including distributors, private equity, family offices, banks, studios, etc.) to cull their database looking for projects that meets their specific criteria. Harold, a principal and a founder of FILMBANKERS International, is considered one of the most experienced and highly regarded executives in the field of entertainment financing and banking. His knowledge and abilities in assisting clients to properly evaluate their projects for banking purposes has been a key to his successful career to date. Prior to founding FILMBANKERS, Harold served as Vice President and Manager for the Entertainment Banking Group for Union Bank of California.
**This event is free and open to the public. However, EACH GUEST MUST RSVP SEPARATELY TO GUARANTEE ADMISSION. Also, we will be asking non-USC students for a $5 donation at the door.**
Please RSVP here: http://uscwca.org/events
DATE & TIME:
Saturday, December 7th
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
SCA Room 108 (George Lucas Building)
900 W 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
PARKING INFORMATION: Metered and street parking on Figueroa, Jefferson, Virgil and Vermont. Or park on campus ($10): http://transnet.usc.edu/guest_services/hours.aspx
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the bus or the Metro Expo line to USC (Jefferson/USC stop). http://www.metro.net/
About Women of Cinematic Arts
Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA) was founded by SCA students and alumnae in 2005 to increase cooperation among female classmates, and to address the specific challenges women face in the film, television and cinematic arts industries. With a membership base of over 900 women, WCA's outreach includes: monthly networking and professional development events in Los Angeles; WCA chapters in New York, Europe, Asia, and SF Bay; plus an active online community addressing career advice, job placement, cast/crew recommendations, and literary tracking.
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