Film Education and Development

An Executive Approach to Film Financing

educational courses and workshops

FE&D educates and guides you

We offer in-person and online courses with a process driven approach taught by seasoned professionals and industry veteran instructors.

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FE&D TEAM

Meet our instructors

Kevin Christoffersen

20+ years of media-based positions held on an international scale. Co-producing a multitude of mixed genre narrative feature films and a docudrama TV series overseeing the process from development into distribution. This includes packaging, financing structures, investment negotiations and project coordination throughout Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Current main initiative of launching a venture capital agency that focuses on the marketing, investment sourcing and deal structures of features, TV series and new tech platforms through different strategic partners.

Javier Gonzalez

Javier is a Mexican, Brooklyn-based, Emmy-winning Producer whose films have been selected for the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, Rotterdam, TriBeCa, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, Glasgow, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Sitges and Los Cabos Film Festivals. Javier has spent the last fifteen years working in various production capacities throughout the American and Mexican film industries.

Dan Thorens

Self-made Canadian-Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Producer and Actor. CEO/ Founder of CW1 Films & Swiss Made Films. Writer of 5 very different feature length films scripts, from personal inner journeys to fighting your way across the land of the 'un-dead'. Shot a host of shorts films and teasers for 2 of his feature films: BLOODTYPE and SWISS-MADE. Shot a humanitarian doc on a local Haitian street children association, which became the inspirational basis of BLOODTYPE. Majored in Psychology at the Geneva University. Fluent in French. Voilà !

Simon Taufique

Simon Taufique is a producer of award-winning narrative and documentary films with distribution by Lionsgate, Universal, Amazon, Monument, Reliance and eOne. His films screened and won prizes at Sundance, Berlinale, IFP, Austin, Rome, SXSW, Tribeca and Telluride, including nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards and Oscar shortlist.

Dallas Brennan

Dallas Mitchell Brennan is an award-winning Writer/Producer, a graduate of Rutgers University and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. His script for Rock the Paint (2005) received the Creative Promise award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2005 where it also World Premiered under his production banner Wren Court Films. Original music and score by 'Wyclef Jean'. In 2010 Brennan established his production company Wild Invention

Martin Rosete

Martin Rosete is an Award-Winning Spanish film director based in New York. In 2013 he was nominated for the Spanish Academy Award (Goya Awards) and won over 100 awards for his short film VOICE OVER, including the Melies d'Or at Stiges Film Festival.

PARNTERShips

Our partners

NY Media Center (US)
NY Media Center

We are a collaborative workspace and community designed to support and connect the next generation of media and tech entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists with industry resources, events, mentorship, and educational opportunities.

Filmshop (US)
Filmshop

Founded in 2009, Filmshop is a nonprofit collective of independent filmmakers committed to developing new work through peer support and collaboration. Chapters in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Orleans meet weekly to workshop projects, offer constructive critique, and incubate new ideas.

Filmshop’s Breakthrough Series showcases a curated selection of our members' films in an intimate setting with festival programmers, distributors, and executive producers. Facilitating discussions centered around development and distribution, Breakthrough provides a forum for filmmakers to explore the next stages of their careers.

EAS Advisory (US)
EAS Advisory

Advise on project finance opportunities in power and real estate sectors. Work closely with business owners and principals to achieve strategic business objectives with respect to business structure, markets, operations and acquisitions. Clients in financial services, hotels, healthcare, entertainment and digital media.

CW1 Films (US - BE)
CW1 Films

Led by director-producer-screenwriter Dan Thorens,CW1 films is a US based specialized production companywith strong working partnerships in Belgium, China, France, Canada and Switzerland.​Working closely with Writers, Producers and Directorsallows therm to creatively foster quality narrative and documentary projects on an international scale.

Stage 32 (US)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

JAG Films - Javier Gonzalez (US)
JAG Films - Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez is a Mexican, Brooklyn-based, Emmy winning Producer whose films have been selected for the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, Rotterdam, TriBeCa, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, Glasgow, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Sitges and Los Cabos Film Festivals. Javier has spent the last fifteen years working in various production capacities throughout the American and Mexican film industries. Javier is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Kingston5 Productions (US)
Kingston5 Productions

Kingston5 Productions is an Indie Film Production company committed to documenting the injustices and the joys that human beings face on a daily basis. Its goal is to foster a sense of community and encourage positive change in the world. Kingston5 is based in Miami, Florida in the United States.

TESTIMONIALS

Don't take our word for it.

Hear what our students and clients have to say.

Grace Kim
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"As mentioned on the last day of class, I really took a lot away from the class from you and the other classmates! Excited to apply what I’ve learned for when I’m ready to take on my first feature…"
Jan 16, 2020
John Rolin
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"This is a very valuable course and appropriate for both beginners or intermediates looking to finance their feature films who wish to know more about the process of finding financing.  Not only should this course be taught multiple times per year, but it should be one pillar of recurring filmmaker classes The Media Center should offer. Teacher was overall great, and would love to see this expanded— I would definitely take again."
Jan 16, 2020
James Duff & 
Julia Morrison
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"Hi Kevin,
Thanks so much for everything you’ve done to make the workshop a valuable experience. We learned a ton, and can’t tell you how much Julia and I appreciated your willingness to share your documents with the class. Imagine, all of Hollywood being transparent???"
Jan 16, 2020
Julie Baseq
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"This class was very informative, and the vibe was relaxed with a lot of class participation, which I really enjoyed with an interesting guest speaker and interactive class pitches.  Overall, very worth it and I appreciated the instructor’s calm demeanor throughout. Thanks!"
Jan 16, 2020
Jesse Gebryel
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"Hi Kevin,
Thank you for the materials and for such an informative class!  Your ongoing efforts to provide financing education to the filmmaking community are important. I’d love to set up a 1x1 consultation."

My best,
Jesse Gebryel
Jan 16, 2020
Eric Ogden
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"Hey Kevin,
Thanks again for offering us an informative class on film financing.  For me, it was important to get a sense of the language and mechanics of that part of the filmmaking process, even if I am not personally raising the funds myself(though maybe I will be!)."

Best,
Eric Ogden
Jan 16, 2020
Judy Richland
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"Dear Kevin,
Thanks so much for a terrific course.  I'm sorry I couldn't make it down from Boston to attend the last class. I'll keep in touch about whether you might like to do a similar workshop in Boston. Thanks again!"

All the best,
Judy Richland
Jan 16, 2020
Claudia Murdoch,
Cup of Joe Film, Inc.
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"Thank you again for the Film Financing class at the IFP, which was very informative and has shown me that there are a few paths I have to learn to explore, in order to piece together financing for my film and tv projects. As I mentioned, I would love to take advantage of your offer of a consultation meeting with you."

Claudia Murdoch        
Cup of Joe Film, Inc.
Jan 16, 2020
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executive Development services

FE&D develops and strategizes with you

In addition to our educational courses and content, we offer our clients executive film development services to assist with everything from film financing and packaging to the marketing and distribution of your project.

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