Film Proposal Writing


To write a film proposal is the first step to getting your film into development, this is your opportunity to show film investors in visual terms what your project is all about and make them want to finance your film.

Move your Film into Development

To get financiers interested you need to show which Key Cast and Crew are interested in your film. They need to know you have filmmakers with experience on board the project and a clear idea of how your film is going to look.

The Film Proposal is your First Step to go into Development.


You can download the film proposal template which does all the groundwork for you – how your film is going to look and why you are the best person to make this project. You will be guided step-by-step on your approach to the style, the setting, characters and plot of your film.

Film Proposal Template

The Film Proposal Template guides you through the development of your film process quickly and easy! Just fill in the text and you will have a complete film proposal to move your project forward.

What is included in the Film Proposal Template?

  1. Film Synopsis
  2. The Logline If you speak to a producer, director or agent, that person will ask you: What is your script about? This is your Logline. You will have 30 seconds to describe the plot in a captivating way and be able to state the main concept of your story in one concise sentence.
  3. Screenplay Structure This is a visual industry and the person reading your film proposal needs to visualize your story, here you will give a brief summary of each scene that includes pictures. Many screenplays are organized into a 3-act structure.
    • Act 1: The Set Up: classically 30 minutes long us where the situation and characters and conflict are introduced.
    • Act 2: The Conflict: often an hour long, is where the conflict begins and expands until it reaches a crisis.
    • Act 3: The Resolution: the conflict rises to one more crisis and is then resolved.
  4. Characters / Actors Describe the character or actors in detail and why their experience is important to your film.
  5. Film Treatment This part of the film proposal should read like a short story and be written in the present tense. The film treatment presents the entire story including the ending, and use some key scenes and dialogue from the screenplay it is based on. It is more detailed than the synopsis and may include details of directorial style that an outline omits.
  6. Production Crew Include brief biographies of your key crew (e.g Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Sound Editor, etc). Include information that shows their experience in your type of film and why they are beneficial to the project. The stronger your crew is, the more likely your project will get funded.
  7. Mood Board Also called a Look Book, create a visual representation of the ambiance of your film giving the reader a feeling of what your film will look like. It tells the story of your film in pictures.
  8. Storyboard Template Storyboard to easily plan your shot list.
  9. Target Audience
  10. Abbreviated Budget Add the top sheet created in your Film Budget that shows your proposed expenses and income in abbreviated form.


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