‘First Focus International’s consulting services for filmmakers are available during all stages of making your film. From pre-production feedback, through securing distribution, we use our years of experience in development, producing, writing, and film acquisition to ensure that your project, when you’re ready to screen it, is seen in its best light. Before, during, and after the completion of your film, count on FFI to provide the guidance you need. Consulting services available to filmmakers include:
We offer conscientious script feedback, which extends beyond the industry standard script coverage. Our global relationships enable us to provide market-specific feedback, scene removal and addition suggestions, and expert advice on reaching greater audiences, through strategic planning and positioning.
|√ Audience Analysis||√ Budget Restrictions||√ Genre Development|
|√ Story Pacing||√ Script Coverage||√ Product Placement|
Proper contracts acquired during the pre-production stage can mean the life or death of a film in terms of distribution. The different contracts required are generally not common knowledge. FFI will help acquire, advise and circumvent any possible issues in regards to contracts.
|√ Sag Agreements
||√ Art & Props Releases
||√ Chain of Title
|√ Location Releases
||√ Script Optioning
||√ Production Releases
One of the most commonly missed distribution assets is your film’s supplemental material. This would include all the different Behind-The-Scenes categories that are invaluable to your ability to sell and market your film. FFI will take full control of your Behind-The-Scenes strategy and help you plan, schedule and write the needed scripts that will make Distributors and Buyers fight over your film.
|√ BTS Requirements
||√ BTS Script Writing
||√ Interview Focus
|√ Film Stills Advisement
||√ Blooper Reels
||√ Filmmaking Story
One of the most critical and important phases of making your film is Post-Production. Without careful attention to the appropriate genre, audience and marketing angles, many films are cut incorrectly making them difficult to sell. With FFI’s guidance, your film, trailer and BTS materials will be fully optimized for maximum ROI.
|√ Rough Cut Reviews
||√ Genre Optimization
||√ Commercial Pacing
|√ Audience Targeting||√ BTS Mandates
||√ Trailer advisment
|√ Representation Recommendations
||√ Distribution Contract Guidance *
||√ Film Offer Advisement *
|√ Post-House Recommendations||√ Deliverables Advisement||√ Deliverables Negotiations
|√ Cannes||√ Berlin (EFM)||√ Sundance|
|√ TIFF||√ MIPCOM||√ MIPTV|
|√ AFM||√ NATPE|
|√ Target Audience Analysis||√ Marketing Adds Consultation
||√ Stategy Alignment
* please be advised that although First Focus International is well versed and experienced at giving advisement & guidance at facilitating contract terms, terminations, services, consideration, credits, commissions payments and points, we not nor have ever been entertainment lawyers and cannot negotiatedeals ourselves (unless it is a First Focus International repped film, and you have a current, signed, live contract with FFI through our companies agreement(s) or contract) nor give legal advice when it comes contract terms.
Single Production PhasePay As You Go
- Excludes Distribution Phase
Ongoing ConsultingOpt In At Any Time
- Cancel at any time
Distribution ConsultingLifetime Consulting
‘First Focus International… truly believe(s) in and supports quality independent films — They were willing to go above and beyond to include my film, Good Guys With Guns, in a sales agreement with DirecTV .’Jordan Ancel
‘Mark and Leif have real attention to detail, knowledge of the business, and a passion for film, that has benefited us greatly [to] finally get our film in front of the right distributors.’David Paladino
‘Instantly, we saw things finally start happening. FFI began getting the film on different platforms, which generated some revenue. It’s not just their extensive knowledge in the market, but also their insistent professionalism that really supported us through this treacherous road of distribution.’Ismet Kurtulus
Many times, First Focus has signed and acted as a sales rep for film titles which previously used FFI’s consultation services. While this is still our practice and our goal in some circumstances, we simply cannot do this for all projects which we take on to consult for.
If FFI does decide to sign a title in which it has previously consulted for, to now act as a sales rep for, this is a separate contract and is drawn up independently from the previous consultation agreement. There is also no upfront fee for this service — FFi’s compensation comes strictly from a back end percentage which is negotiated before this separate deal is signed.