The Filmmakers Podcast

How to Fund, Package, Finance and Produce indie Films with Helen Simmons

May 18, 2021

Want to produce indie films? Then our chat with the wonderful Helen Simmons is for you. Helen who was Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2018, sits down with hosts Giles Alderson & Ian Sharp to chat how she made a career out of being a producer and her latest film Say Your Prayers.

We dive deep into Film Festivals, Working for the Weinsteins, Fundamental parts of filmmaking, making her debut feature Chubby Funny & writing and producing her short film F*CK.

We talk the excellent Producers Round Table, Casting, Packaging, Funding, Investors and Closing Finance, what makes you happy and her route to filmmaking.

Helen was a wonderful guest and you will love spending an hour or so with her as we did.

Say Your Prayers

The film follows two radical Christian hitmen (played by Harry Melling and Tom Brooke) who are tasked with killing a notorious atheist writer (Roger Allam) at a literary festival in Ilkley, Yorkshire.

WATCH Say Your Prayers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Say-Your-Prayers-Harry-Melling/dp/B08HFM12FV/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=say+your+prayers+film&qid=1621306729&sr=8-1

WATCH F*CK https://vimeo.com/316803226

WATCH Chubby Funny https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chubby-Funny-Harry-Michell/dp/B0861VTXJP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=chubby+funny&qid=1621306863&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

Producers Round Table https://www.ukproducersroundtable.com/guidelines

 

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