How to Answer the Tough Questions a Film Investor is Likely to Ask You

Some investors will be blunt to a fault, others more nurturing, but all are likely to ask very tough questions in your quest for film financing. Investors have to vet you and your project to be sure it’s one they think makes sense for their investments. When you’re seeking film financing, you should be prepared for anything but here are a few of the most common and difficult questions you’re likely to hear.

Why Would Anyone Invest in this Film?

What you have to understand about most indie film investors as that many of them view your film as a pet project they can become personally interested in. They want to see you succeed, but that doesn’t always translate to dollars and sense. Assuming you have a solid hook, an idea of your main audience, and a provocative script you should be able to talk your prospect into seeing why your film is unique.

What’s in it for Me?

Maybe the investor will say “how much equity will you have” or ask about the length of time it will take to make the film. These are all signals the investor is looking at bottom line concerns, and your answers add to that red. If you can, try and balance your costs with potential tax savings up front. Make sure you’ve got a plan for distribution if you’

Bio: Omar Amanat is a board member of Human Rights Watch, Malaria No More and the Ad Council. Through the success of his films, Omar Amanat has also co-founded funds to support the United Nations and the Alliance of Civilizations.