Practical Seminar Film Finance

Juliane Thevissen Claudia, Droste-Deselaers, Jutta Krug


(in German language)

As soon as her film has been conceived, whether as a fiction feature or as a documentary, the film-maker is confronted with the question of how to finance the project. But what importance does the film have for the market? How does one acquire business partners in the first place? How credible or fail-safe is the concept? Have the calculations taken everything into account? And are the figures sustainable?
Anyone wishing to attract voluntary investors should be prepared to observe a few rules and meet some expectations. A clear and well-developed strategy upfront will therefore answer most of the questions that potential sponsors and/or investors are likely to ask. And that is why this two-day seminar sets out to give a tangible and practice-oriented look into the methodology and structure behind a persuasive and sustainable strategy.
On the first seminar day, Juliane Thevissen will provide an overview of finance basics, point to some financing possibilities and give participants an idea of methods and assessment criteria. She will be analysing the role of cooperation partners, sponsors and broadcasters as well as discussing the procedures and requirements that different investors tend to insist on.
On the second day, Claudia Droste-Deselaers and Jutta Krug will process the participants' firm project concepts and discuss with them related possibilities, conditions and expectations as well as definite no-go areas. In addition, the two instructors will be clarifying specific matters as to film subsidies and broadcaster support. Last but not least, they will be pleased to answer any specific questions. During the deliberations, Juliane Thevissen will support and advise the participants and take the part of the »film producer«!

If there are places left free at this seminar, they will be made available to individuals who would like to sit in without submitting a project beforehand.

Juliane Thevissen started her career in film in Berlin at the beginning of the 1990s. Since then, she has been involved as production manager on various TV movies and international cinema films – such as Dear Wendy, Bears Kiss and Lammbock. Following many years of work as producer and managing partner at Rhein Film, in 2010 she set up her own company: thevissen filmproduktion. She enjoyed wide success with the world première of her cinema movie Zarte Parasiten (Tender Parasites) at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. The film went on to be screened at many major festivals. Further feature films, made-for-TV movies and documentaries are currently under development.

Films by Juliane Thevissen (Selection)
Rockabilly Ruhrpott 2010 | Zarte Parasiten 2010 | Weihnachten im Morgenland 2010 | Vater Liebe 2008 | Der Butler und die Prinzessin 2007 | Dear Wendy 2005 | Zwei Millionen suchen einen Vater 2005 | Der Zehnte Sommer 2003 | Bears Kiss 2002 | Lammbock 2001

After graduating from the University of Television and Film in Munich, Claudia Droste-Deselaers gathered a wealth of experience in the film distribution sector at Columbia TriStar-Filmverleih. As the winner of the »Next Generation Prize for Young Producers« awarded by the GWFF, a German association dedicated to safeguarding film and TV rights, she went to the USA in 1993 where she worked for Fox Studios Inc. and HPO Independent Productions. After her return to Germany, Ms Droste-Deselaers was first employed as programme editor, then as departmental manager i/c coordination and finally as office manager for the Director of Programmes at RTL. From 1999 to 2010, she was authorised signatory and finally Deputy CEO at the NRW Film Foundation where she was in charge of the project funding section. In 2009, she was enrolled as a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York.

Jutta Krug has been responsible for full-length documentary films at the WDR, the West German Broadcasting Corporation, since 2005. From 1992, the year ARTE was founded, she worked in Strasbourg both as editor and reporter for the new Franco-German arts channel. In 2000, she moved to the ARTE editorial department run by the WDR in Cologne where she developed thematic evenings and various documentary formats. Documentary films made under her aegis have picked up many awards and are regularly shown at all major festivals – e.g. Heimweh nach den Sternen (Nostalgia for the Light) directed by Patricio Guzmán, Nobody's Perfect by Niko von Glasow and Kinshasa Symphony by Claus Wischmann.

Films by Jutta Krug (Selection)
Chandai und ihr Elefant 2010 | Auf Teufel komm raus 2010 | Nostalgia de la luz – Heimweh nach den Sternen 2010 | Kinshasa Symphony 2010 | Seelenvögel 2009 | Verlorene Zeit 2008 | Die besten Frauen der Welt 2008 | Der lange Weg ans Licht 2007 | Ich will dich – Begegnungen mit Hilde Domin 2007 | Höllentour 2004