Free online educational programs with a networking component presented by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association.
We hope you can join us, each month in 2021, for virtual meet-ups bringing the filmmaking community together across the state. Each month there will be an educational session followed by networking time. Join our e-mail list to get details on each session.
Saturday, April 24 @10 A.M. – Finding Financing
It might not be everyone’s favorite part of the process, but raising money is a necessary part of making any film or TV project happen. This month KC-based producer and MoMMA board member, Justin Begnaud will share from his nearly 20 years of experience in film finance. Topics will include Equity investment, soft money incentives, pre-sales, crowd-funding, product placement, grants, labs, fiscal sponsorships, and pitch decks.
Justin Begnaud has close to 20 years of entertainment and media-related experience producing feature films, television series, digital media and mobile content, AR/VR/XR, and experiential design activations. He is a Gotham Award and Spirit Award-nominated film producer and has worked on EMMY Award-winning television series and Cannes Lion award-winning advertising campaigns.
Mr. Begnaud began his career writing, editing, and later producing over 100 hours of television content. He has worked on TV documentaries and non-fiction series for The History Channel, A&E, MTV, VH1, CableVision, NBC Sports, NFL Films, Legendary Entertainment, and AT&T. While living in New York City, he wrote grants for the Tribeca Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. He then transitioned to film, working for Scott Rudin Productions and Focus Features International, and later became Director of Production for the completion bond company, Film Finances, Inc. in Los Angeles. He subsequently joined the television and film financier, Grosvenor Park Media, as Vice President of International Business Development and Production Finance.
Independently, Mr. Begnaud’s feature films have premiered at festivals all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival, Telluride, SXSW, Shanghai Film Festival, BFI/London, Locarno, Ventana Sur in Argentina, among many others, as well as screening series at the MoMA and Lincoln Center in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Mr. Begnaud has been a Producing Fellow at Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Initiative, IFP/Cannes Producers Network, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Film Independent’s Producing Lab. And he has been invited to present at conferences and speak on industry panels for TV and film finance, and emerging technologies in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
He is a 15+ year member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMYS) and is an active member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Mr. Begnaud holds an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater Film & Television, an MS from Columbia University in New York, and a BFA/BID from Syracuse University. He is currently based in Kansas City.
Full Schedule: (subject to change)
April 24 – Finding Financing
May 22– Legal Agreements and Deliverables Panel
June 26- Distribution Options
July 24– Nonfiction Productions
August 21 – MoStories Winning Script Readings
September 25 – Working with a Casting Director and SAG Contracts
October 23– TBD by participant input
November 20 – New Filmmaker Forum Directors Panel with St. Louis International Film Festival
December –TBD by participant input