In addition to supporting and advocating for state and local incentives for Oregon independent (i-OPIF), major motion picture (OPIF) and commercial producers (Greenlight Labor Rebate), OMPA also hosts discussions among Oregon producers and other business interests on contemporary practices in marketing, distributing and financing projects.

The Northwst Film Finance series is a symposium to put producers in touch with legal, finance, marketing and distribution interests to make business happen in Oregon.

More on Oregon's incentive programs can be found at OregonFilm.org/incentives >

OMPA Presents:

Northwest Film Finance V

Saturday October 13, 2012 
9am-5pm at Hilton Portland & Executive Tower 

Sponsored by
Gales Creek Insurance Service

With support from Oregon Entrepreneur's Network, PSU Dept. of Theater and Film, SOFaT, the Oregon Governor's Office of Film & Television, Professional Video and Tape, the MacPac, Lucky Limousine and Towncar and Studio Bard

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Day-of-event non-member rate is $129 (until sold out)

If you are a producer, filmmaker or finance partner, this is a perfect opportunity to raise your game. If you are new to the business side of movie making, be prepared for a ride to the top floor of Oregon's studio system. Nationally recognized experts join Oregon's brightest producers at the elegant Hilton Portland for a one-day conference with workshops on identifying, meeting and soliciting partners to finance Oregon productions, and more. 

If you know, or are, an indie producer who "just needs the money" to make your first films, attend these eye-opening panels on negotiating distribution, accessing public and private funding, attaching name acting talent and marketing your product to the world.

Featured Presenters:

Michael Zoumas, Executive Producer of LAIKA's Coraline and former Miramax / Dimension SR VP of production/development, who acquires and produces titles under his independent banner, Zoom Entertainment.

Larry Weinberg noted entertainment attorney whose credits include support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lyla Foggia, publicist, author and former VP of publicity for TriStar Pictures, Director of Publicity for ABC Television, and National Broadcast Publicity Manager for 20th Century Fox. Lyla presents the breakout session “An insider's guide to marketing indie movies today” with tips, tricks, and insights inspired by three decades of both studio and independent publicity and marketing. 

Dustin Morrow, filmmaker, photographer, writer, media artist and assistant professor of digital cinema production and film studies at Portland State University. 

Tara Johnson-Medinger, producer and consultant who has overseen over $96,000 in fundraising via crowdsourcing for The Winding Road, My Summer as a Goth, Rock & Roll Mamas, and He Inspires.

Christopher Toyne, director, producer, executive producer and moderator. 

Filmmakers Lunch Panel:

Beth Harrington, OPB and documentary Writer, Producer & Director, including The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music

Roger Wood, Executive Producer at Wooden Frame Productions Cell Count, The Weather Outside, Wake Before I Die

Lana Veenker, Casting Director, Cast Iron Productions

Tim Whitcomb, Managing Director of Indent Studios

Topics and breakout sessions:
  • Identifying, meeting and financial partners 
  • Project pitching
  • Preparing finance packages
  • Crowdfunding from Kickstarter and Indiegogo
  • Attaching name talent
  • Negotiating independent distribution
  • Promoting and marketing like a professional 


Pitching Projects & Tracking Projects:
Our presenters are in the business of developing viable projects there will be opportunities to present yourself, so be prepared to present project details - and to get critique on your pitch. 


If you haven't yet, start telling us about your project status now at ompa.org/tracking.

Students, OMPA members, and members of supportive organizations OEN and SOFaT get a significant discount on registration price. Table sponsorships are also available at a reduced rate as we encourage you to bring and educate your whole team. Table sponsors email info(at)ompa.org. Advance registration is suggested. 

Registration includes the full day session, on-site  lunch at Alexander's on the 23th floor of the Portland Hilton, and post-session mixer and cocktail party. Seating is limited to the first 110 reserved guests. 

Register at www.nwffv.eventbrite.com.

Attendance will be available in Ashland area by video conference. Register by email to filmfinanceseminar@filmsouthernoregon.org

Alexanders_Cocktail_Reception.jpgAlexanders at the Portland Hilton


OMPA celebrates the indie spirit that makes Oregon rich with filmmakers, and we believe that every producer has the potential to realize business as well as creative success. Access to information and a team of experienced people go a long way in that effort. 

We back up that support by hosting the Northwest Film Finance series, which brings together the best minds locally and nationally to educate and dialog on the keys to financial success: marketing, distributing and financing projects. OMPA shares our contacts and resources year round for producers to reach out and develop their team, and we collect everyone in one room at the Northwest Film Finance conference and workshops. Additionally, OMPA endeavors to cultivate a strong and educated local and national investor pool. 

What can you do to support these efforts?

• Educate yourself at Northwest Film Finance (see registration)
• Share your business opportunity at Production Tracking 

If you don't think of your project as a business opportunity, think again. Unless you are a non-profit, your project isn't a charity - it is an opportunity to do business in one of the most vibrant traded sectors of Oregon's green and information-age economy.

We look forward to having you join us.

Past Conferences:_________________________________________

Presented by SOFaT: 


Film Financing Seminar
with John Cones, Author, Lecturer & Film Finance Attorney

Saturday, August 11, 2012
9:00 am to 2:00 pm 

Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland
Or via videoconference at 0650 SW Gaines St, Suite 1310, Portland

Finance and Distribute your Independent Film - with John Cones

OMPA members and previous guests of OMPA's "Northwest Film Finance" workshops are invited to attend a valuable film financing seminar with a respected leader on the topic - at a discounted member rate. Attend on-site at the Ashland Springs Hotel, or be one of only 10 guests for video conference attendance in Portland.

Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at Eventbrite. OMPA Members and previous Northwest Film Finance attendees: Use the "SOFaT Member" discount.  (Videoconference attendees pay on-site.) $60 advance general admission; $30 for SOFaT, MOPAN and OMPA Members, previous NW Film Finance attendees, and Students; $70 at the door.

Mr. Cones has practiced in Los Angeles for 20 years. His producer clients have successfully raised financing for more than 54 low-budget, feature and documentary films, including the locally-produced CALVIN MARSHALL. He is the author of 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film and seven other books relating to the business and legal aspects of film. For more information visit John's website at www.filmfinanceattorney.com


• Overview of film finance 

• Lender financing and the latest developments in the investor financing area 

• JOBS Act's authorization to use general solicitation and advertising in certain Regulation D, Rule 506 offerings 

• New investment Crowdfunding models 

• Analysis of the three forms of documentation with which to approach film financiers and when to use each 

• The latest models for successful independent Distribution 

• The seminar also includes a take-away package full of information and reference material you can refer to again and again. 


Presented with POWFest: 
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March 9 & 10, 2012

The next highly-anticipated installment in the
Northwest Film Finance series with a special two morning symposium.

Sponsored by:
MarVista Entertainment Pacific Grip & Lighting Candice E. Jackson, Attorney at Law Gales Creek Insurance 
with The McKenzie Agency and Oregon Film Office

Panelists & Panelist bios

Expert panels on the topic of earning return on investment to encourage larger budgets for Oregon filmmakers.