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  • Today TFC announced the launch of its latest initiative TFC LEGAL™. Please find the press release below.
  • We've also included a summary of our recently launched Fiscal Sponsorship initiative.



September 6, 2012

THE FILM COLLABORATIVE ANNOUNCES TFC LEGAL™

The Film Collaborative (TFC), the first non-profit organization focused on independent film distribution, is pleased to announce the launch of its legal services initiative, TFC LEGAL™. The initiative will offer negotiation / business affairs and legal contract services to filmmakers in connection with specifically for distribution agreements. Instead of billing at an hourly rate, TFC will offer flat fees for these services, providing filmmakers with an affordable alternative to customary legal fees that are often beyond indie filmmakers’ budgets. TFC has selected Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson LLP (AGMB) to provide the legal services for TFC LEGAL™.

“The key to this initiative is that it is only focused on distribution agreements, our specialty and the focus of our mission. This new service pairs our expertise in distribution—particularly digital distribution—with AGMB’s extensive experience in entertainment law in order to achieve the best results for TFC clients. Digital distribution has become the new paradigm and we want to make sure our members and clients are aware of all the rights and licensing issues that now have to be addressed,” said TFC Founder and Co-Executive Director Orly Ravid.

“Rather than filmmakers signing distribution agreements where the terms are not clearly defined, which can be the case with digital rights in particular, TFC LEGAL™ will advise on exactly which rights are being granted to the distributor and for which platforms, without taking control of the filmmaker/content creator’s rights, as traditional sales agencies do,” said Sheri Candler, Director of Digital Marketing Strategy. “This allows us to put the filmmaker’s interests first and allows them to work with us instead of being locked into a sales agency agreement.”

AGMB partner Shannon C. Hensley stated, “AGMB is thrilled to be working with The Film Collaborative on this cutting-edge initiative. We look forward to providing our distribution-related legal services to TFC’s talented filmmakers.”

Since TFC’s inception, it has offered much-needed resources and services to independent filmmakers, including film festival distribution, marketing and publicity strategy and implementation, theatrical releasing, digital distribution aggregation and foreign sales negotiation. TFC LEGAL™ is one more way to help filmmakers become more empowered artists who can actively promote and distribute their work to audiences globally.


ABOUT

THE FILM COLLABORATIVE

The Film Collaborative is the first non-profit committed to distribution education and facilitation of independent film. Launched in early 2010, TFC offers independent filmmakers a full range of education about distribution, distribution services, and marketing services, including sales representation, service theatrical releases, hybrid distribution, grassroots marketing, traditional marketing, digital aggregation, distribution consultation, and contract consultation. Its educational offerings include Distripedia™ that houses the Digital Distribution Guide, a distribution Blog, the Distributor ReportCard™, and ResourcePlace™. In 2011, The Film Collaborative released the first multi-format book about distribution to reveal real numbers, SELLING YOUR FILM WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL. In 2012, The Film Collaborative launched its Fiscal Sponsorship program, the international distribution initiative FestSelects™, and its direct-digital distribution services, TFC Direct™.

Since its launch, TFC has already provided its services to more than 150 independent films matching its mission, including Kirby Dick's Sundance audience award winner THE INVISIBLE WAR, Andrew Haigh's SXSW award winner WEEKEND, Musa Sayeed's Sundance audience award winner VALLEY OF SAINTS (IFFR), Javier Fuentes' Sundance audience award winner UNDERTOW, Jeffrey Schwarz's VITO (New York Film Festival), Jarreth Mertz's AN AFRICAN ELECTION (Sundance), Jennifer Arnold's A SMALL ACT (Sundance), David Weissman's WE WERE HERE (Sundance), Chris Paine's REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR (Tribeca), Aurora Guerrero's MOSQUITA Y MARI (Sundance), and Jonathan Lisecki's GAYBY (SXSW), to name a few.

For more information on TFC’s book SELLING YOUR FILM WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL go to sellingyourfilm.com

For more on The Film Collaborative, go to thefilmcollaborative.org


ABRAMS GARFINKEL MARGOLIS BERGSON, LLP (AGMB)

AGMB is a full-service law firm that offers clients both the sophistication of a large law firm and the attention of a "personal" lawyer bundled in a cost-conscious, result-focused package. AGMB brings its broad-based entertainment transactional experience to TFC Legal. The firm represents clients in all sectors of the entertainment industry, including filmmakers, production companies, producers, writers, directors, actors, and musicians, and handles a wide variety of deals for those clients, including distribution agreements, television production agreements, talent agreements, option-purchase and shopping agreements, recording and music publishing contracts; and endorsement agreements. AGMB has also served as production counsel on numerous films, television programs and new media projects, and its production legal practice continues to grow exponentially.

AGMB’s other practice areas include banking; real estate; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; taxation, trusts and estates; and mortgage compliance. The firm’s main offices are in Los Angeles and New York City. For more information, go to agmblaw.com


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The Fiscal Sponsorship program is currently accepting applications. The Film Collaborative is eager to help filmmakers get fiscal sponsorship at any stage of film production. Fiscal sponsorship allows filmmakers to access and apply for grant funds and receive donations from other sources that give to 501(c)3 entities.

Ask us about crowdfunding and fiscal sponsorship for your project to see if this option is right for you.

Visit thefilmcollaborative.org/fiscalsponsorship for full program and application details. Contact us at fiscalsponsorship@thefilmcollaborative.org.