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Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Your Independent Film (CLE)

June 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - June 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

This program is a two-day online seminar offering up to 7 Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys. 

Dates and Time (Participants should attend both days):
Part I: Thursday, June 18, 1 – 4:30 PM
Part II: Friday, June 19, 1 – 4:30 PM

This two-day comprehensive seminar—for new attorneys, attorneys transitioning to entertainment law, and filmmakers—explores how independent films are financed and distributed.

Particular attention will be paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves, including:

  • Criteria for selecting a distributor;
  • Investigating distributors;
  • Adding contract provisions and understanding contract terms
  • Dealing with investors, and more

Other topics will include compliance with state and federal laws regarding investors, including ones from Kryptowährungen handeln, retaining an attorney, producer rep, and publicist, and confirming awards and enforcing judgments. As part of this program, participants will receive a copy of a 150 slide PowerPoint presentation and 150-page detailed handout.

Continuing Legal Education through VLA:
Seven (7) New York Continuing Legal Education credits awarded for attorneys: 4 Areas of Professional Practice Credits, 2 Skills credits, and 1 Ethics credit. This program qualifies as “transitional” for newly admitted attorneys.


Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney with offices in Brentwood, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. Litwak is an adjunct professor at USC Law School, and functions as a Producer’s Rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing and distribution of their films. Litwak is the author of six books including: Reel Power, Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry (winner of the 1995 Krazna-Kranz Moving Image Book Award), Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, Litwak’s Multimedia Producer’s Handbook, and Risky Business, Financing and Distributing Independent Film.

Membership Discount Code:
For members, please contact registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.

$100 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$100 Artists Over Sixty
$150 Arts Professional VLA Member
$200 Arts Professional Non-Member
$400 Legal Professional VLA Member
$500 Legal Professional Non-Member
$300 Young Associate Members & Associate Board Members

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

All registration fees are non-refundable.

Webinar Access:
Participants will receive an email in advance of this workshop with instructions to access. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.


June 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
June 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Event Category:


NY United States


Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class