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The International Film Business (Online)

Tutors: Angus Finney

Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Duration: 48 hours

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland in association with MediaXchange is pleased to offer The International Film Business. This course is offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

With the challenges we are facing with the future of the film industry this course will offer film professionals a current, informed and accessible view of the possibilities available today and into the future months as we come out of Lockdown.

As the industry evolves ever quicker, making sense of the future of the Feature Film industry is challenging. To provide an informed understanding of an effective approach to Film Finance and to give insight into leveraging the opportunities available, film expert Angus Finney will share his experience and insight as a Producer, Lecturer and Author of the book ‘The International Film Business’, beginning with a module focused on Film Financing – today and into the future.

This online course is composed of three modules covering Film Finance, Development & Production and Marketing & Distribution to help film producers and industry professionals compete more effectively.


Module 1:  Film Finance, will focus on funding, co-production and recoupment.  The 8 x 2hr Sessions aim to also address some of the more urgent interests and concerns about the current future of projects and mastering the evolving changes in the Value Chain.

Schedule: 11:00am to1:00pm & 2:30pm to 4:30pm, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th May

Core topics:

  • Entertainment Value Chain
  • International Sales
  • Film Finance: Sources, Plans, Modelling and Recoupment
  • Co-Production and co-financing
  • Risk Management
  • Business Plans and Entrepreneurship Models
  • Pitching and Negotiation
  • The King’s Speech financing and recoupment case study

Module 2: Development & Production

Schedule: 11:00am to1:00pm & 2:30pm to 4:30pm, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th August

Core topics:

  • Entertainment Value Chain – update
  • Development
  • Story Worlds and Genre
  • Producing and Production
  • Producer Skills
  • Creative Management
  • Cognitive Bias
  • Future Challenges and Career Consideration

Module 3: Marketing and Distribution

Schedule: 11:00am to1:00pm & 2:30pm to 4:30pm, 28th, 29th, 30th September & 1st October

Core topics:

  • Entertainment Value Chain – update
  • Marketing
  • Festivals and Markets
  • Distribution
  • Platforms and Streaming
  • Exhibition – future of cinemas
  • Audience Behaviour: Digital and Social Revolution
  • Challenges for the independent film industry

Participant Profile:

Aimed at: experienced independent film producers; and film professionals working in finance, film funds and film commissions, sales & distribution. Participants must have industry track record with at least one paid professional film producing/executive credit. Please note places are very limited and we expect a high volume of applications.

Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 12pm on Tuesday 19th May 2020 with your up to date CV.

For further information, please email

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