SEC, IPO, Filmmaking and Movie Investors

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Have you heard of people going out to the stock exchange and buying shares of stock? Have you heard about an IPO, which is an Initial Public Offering? Both examples revolve around the public side of investing. If you’re a well established company and meet the stock exchange requirements, you can go public.

Guess what? Most filmmakers do not have plans of taking film projects public. At least not yet. What you are considering instead is raising money from a few accredited investors for a private offering.

Check out the Securities and Exchange website for more information.

How not to find investors for your movie.

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DO NOT advertise your film investment on Craig’s list or the newspaper.

By definition, if you are asking the general public for investment dollars, you are no longer private, you’re public. Be very careful. The Securities and Exchange Commission is very specific about how you present a private offering. While some of these rules seem overly confining, if you build a team that includes a smart lawyer, navigating SEC regulations is just another day at the office.

Prior to paperwork or a specific offering, the best thing you can do, starting today, is to build friendships with wealthy and successful people. This will make your life much easier when you go for your movie making bucks.

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If you are wondering how to get money for your movie – Almost every resource will tell you that you need a business plan. Very few resources will tell you how to actually go out, find prospective investors, qualify them, contact them, get a meeting and build a relationship.

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