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177 - Paula Landry - Film Financing and the Importance of Theaters to Indie Filmmakers

Hello, Indie Creatives!

In this episode, we have a conversation with writer/producer Paula Landry. We talk about how to find and close film financing, creative financing structure, how screenwriting for VR differs from writing for the screen, selling your film as an NFT, using a digital wallet instead of a traditional Escrow account, which social media platforms are most filmmaker friendly, and why Indie Filmmakers should be rooting for theaters to succeed. Enjoy!

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Paula Landry, MBA, is an author and award-winning writer/producer who’s a creative catalyst, FireStarter, and IdeaBlizzard for brands, creatives, and companies. As a creator, her purpose is to reduce loneliness; connect people with ideas; artists with entrepreneurial tools, and clients with increased creativity, revenue, and visibility. Landry’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, creative entrepreneurs, and non-profits, from Forbes, Deutsche Bank, Christie’s, Pearson Television, Entertainment Weekly, The Game Show Channel, Tribe Pictures, Fit TV to The Actors Fund, Smile Train, and individual media makers. Her films have debuted at Sundance, Chelsea Film Festival, CineVegas, winning awards from the Best Actors Film Fest, Columbia Pictures Screen Gems, Time Warner Showtime Audience Award, and WorldFest Houston Film Festival; her writing has won the 2nd Round at Austin Film Festival, Lugnut Award, and semi-finals at the Made in NY Writer’s Room. Ms. Landry is a member of Disney’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion program.


Show Notes

Paula’s Links:





Script Magazine

The Business of Film: A Practical Introduction By Paula Landry, Stephen Greenwald (book)

Scheduling & Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide By Paula Landry (book)

Sell Your Screenplay in 30 Days: Using New Media by Marilyn Horowitz, Paula Landry (book) 



American Film Market (AFM)


Focus Features

Brighteon Films

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (film)

Paranormal Activity (film)

The Blair Witch Project (film)

Get Out (film)

Jordan Peele – (director)

Gateway (short film)

Matt Williams (actor)


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