Business and Legal Issues in Independent Feature Film Financing, Production, and Distribution

Production Date: January 06, 2016 Practice Areas: Sports & Entertainment Law Estimated Length: 5416 minutes


$ 89 Sports & Entertainment Law In Stock

Navigating the legal issues and business decisions of filmmaking in the evolving marketplace can be a challenge for both independent filmmakers and their lawyers. This course is a film law primer that provides a general overview of the structure and sequence of financing, production, and distribution of independent films. While it informs lawyers of the specific documents necessary throughout the process, it also addresses the new business and legal choices for financing and distribution including crowd sourcing and self-distribution.


Here, attorney Marilyn G. Haft addresses the issues faced by attorneys advising independent feature filmmakers, and attorneys and entertainment industry professionals interested in the legal issues, nuances, and choices in the new world of film finance and avenues of distribution.    


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Gain a general overview of the structure and sequence of financing, producing, and distributing an independent feature film

II.    Identify the legal documents necessary at each step of the process

III.   Understand the new choices and methods of film finance from crowd funding to tax incentives and the legal issues regarding those choices

IV.   Comprehend the new methods and choices of film distribution, including new distribution portals and self-distribution


David M.
Manhattan, NY

I always like to get sample forms and additional materials from CLE courses if possible. Great, informative speaker who gave an excellent and very practical presentation. Highest rating.

Melissa L.
Durham, NC

While informative, this is not a subject that I have any interest.

Rhonda R.
Memphis, TN

Excellent presentation.

Cheryl B.
Eugene, OR

She was excellent!

Isha M.
Beckenham, KEN

Excellent faculty for this course

Alexandria, VA


Stuart Y.
Louisville, KY

very helpful

Kenneth W.
Hobart, IN

Good topic, useful info, good presenter

Rita O.
Walnut, CA

Impressive instructor -very detailed knowledge and super articulate

Marcia C.
Franksville, WI

Very informative.

Charles Davis B.
Houston, TX

Interesting one.

kiran H.
Williston Park, NY

Great content very thorough review of material. Thanks

Angelina A.
Queens, NY

One of the best I've listened to on!

Jody L.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

One of the best classes I have taken with you.

David C M.
Bull Valley, IL

Interesting and thoughtful overview

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI


Edward K.

Great presentation. A lot of good info. I am new to this area, and it was very helpful!!

Brooklyn, NY

she was an exceptional presenter.

Melanie M.
Springdale, UT

Very thorough, interesting and even compelling. I wish I had opportunity to do this kind of work!

Lindsay B.
Stamford, CT

Lawline staff has been very helpful in assisting me with my NY newlyd admitted attorney requirements.

Alexander C.

Excellent course!

Bradley C.
Memphis, TN

She is amazing!

Wilbert C.
Chicago, IL

The instructor gave excellent real world help!

Justin A.
Arlington, VA

Great program. Especially for a filmmaker.

Shara L.
Los Angeles, CA

Fantastic program!

Bonny L.
Granbury, TX


Larry S.
Bronx, NY

Very helpful

Charles L.
Hercules, CA

Very good picture overview of the film production process

Amanda D.
Little Rock, AR

Great seminar and a highly knowledgeable presenter. I would gladly have sat for an additional 30 minutes to learn more!

Francis Gerard H.
Lockport, NY


Henry G.
Armonk, NY

Good overview.

Robert B. F.
Mountain Brook, AL

Well done! Clear, concise, practical.

Wayne C.
Honolulu, HI


Christine D.
New York, NY

Great content and insights. Very informative presentation.

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Alison P.
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent command of the subject!

Joan A.
Bronxville, NY

Very well presented.

pamela s.
Dothan, AL

she has a nice voice

paula r.
Saint Louis, MO

very good