Industry connections are key to BEAU’s mission of fostering the arts on the campus and community level. Utah Women in Film recently held a seminar at BEAU showcasing how to finance a film. Presenting, with over 23 years of experience in Los Angeles, was John Cones.
John is a film finance attorney, author and lecturer working in the broad field of film finance with a focus on the legal work associated with investor-financing of independent entertainment projects. He primarily works with independently produced feature and documentary films and business start-ups. An individual working in film finance legal services can stay busy with opportunities to work on: financing of independent films, finance contracts, film finance books, articles, lectures and seminars.
The lecture included a synopsis of John’s writings and books, which set the stage for a more in-depth discussion about the legalities of funding a film project. The process of making a film, from development to distribution, was also explored, in addition to the five best ways to finance a film.
Being able to navigate the complex world of film financing and legalities is extremely important for any film production company or entrepreneur. The Utah Women in Film’s ongoing relationship with BEAU has been tapped into by many professionals and is still available for those interested in the film industry.
The event was designed to give members of the film community an opportunity to acquire the information to start a quality film project and also network with fellow professionals. BEAU has an open door to any outside groups that want to host seminars or hold meetings on campus. It is a benefit to our students, staff, faculty and local community to have a central place to bridge connections and share information.
Aspiring filmmaker Bob Trewartha noted, “It is critical for our film community to get the training, information and expertise to compete with Hollywood and beyond.”