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Workshop: The Business Basics of Indie Filmmaking

  • The Lovett School - Fuqua Center's Blackbox 4075 Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA, 30327 United States (map)

The Atlanta Film Festival, in association with Georgia Production Partnership, is proud to present this workshop: The Business Basics of Indie Filmmaking with Producer Linda Burns.


Location: The Lovett School - Fuqua Center Blackbox Theater
Time: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Price: $150 General Admission  |  $120 ATLFF/GPP Member Admission

Member Discount: ATLFF Members should use the email address associated with their membership as their code to access discounted registration. GPP members must email Linda directly for their code.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: All workshop sales are final upon purchase. In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be granted. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact and we'll be happy to review your case.
Location/Directions Information: The campus is best accessed from the front gate (4075 Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA, 30327). Once on campus, drive down the hill and park as close as possible to the building directly at the bottom. Cross a small footbridge over the pond and enter the Fuqua Center through the glass doors. The workshop will be hend within the center's Blackbox Theatre. Signage will be provided. 


Planning to produce a feature film but not sure where to start? Interested in peeking behind the curtain to see what it really takes? This class will teach you the importance of development - from financing to marketing and distribution, to help your film get off to a great start.

Just a few topics we’ll cover in class:

  • What is development and why is it so important?
  • When do I create a marketing and distribution plan?
  • How does financing work - from grants to crowd-funding to private investment?
  • How does product placement work?
  • What content goes into a business proposal?
  • What is a breakdown and schedule?
  • How do I craft a budget When do I need an entertainment attorney?
  • What contracts are important?
  • How do I find good cast and crew?
  • Is insurance necessary?
  • What kinds do I need?
  • How do I find financing and distribution?
  • What do finance and distribution deals looks like?
  • How do the GA tax incentives work?
  • How can attending festivals help?
  • Answers to these questions and more, with plenty of time for questions.

Art is certainly subjective, and there are never any guarantees, but by doing your homework before financing begins, you can mitigate your risks before production starts, increasing your chances of a successful production.

This Business Basics of Indie Filmmaking workshop is part of the Atlanta Film Festival's year-round slate of programming curated and presented to our Atlanta audience in service of our mission: to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. 

Instructor: Linda Burns


Interested in registering for this class at a discount? Become a member of the Atlanta Film Festival today and, in addition to your member discount on this class, you'll also receive year-round benefits such as: invitations to advanced screenings, free tickets to special ATLFF screenings at The Plaza Theatre, a 20% discount on year-round screenings, events, and workshops, and much more! 

Plus, every membership comes with access to our annual 10-day film festival -- being held in the spring of 2016!

For more details regarding our membership and festival badge/card options, with a full list of year-round membership benefits, please click here. If you purchase a membership to receive a discount to this class, please email to receive your discount code.