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The Essential Financial Management Toolbox for Film, Screen and Broadcast

Discover how managing finances dictates your creative business world. Learn key tools needed for successfully financed projects.

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The Essential Financial Management Toolbox for Film, Screen and Broadcast

5,832 enrolled on this course

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  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Become Empowered in Financing Creative Projects

Arm yourself with a deeper understanding of the financial skills required to begin the journey to successfully financing a new project. Learn more about the financing ‘tools’ that drive screen content creation and creative businesses around the globe.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds Hi, my name’s Peter, Herbert. I’m a producer, many years experience. I’ve done a lot writing, a lot of script editing, I’ve worked in television and film » over the years. Event work. More lately, » I am working in screen business and I’m currently Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. » And I’m talking to you now about an opportunity that’s coming up to learn a bit about the language of screen business. » Why is this important? Because anything and everything you do to advance your career in screen content industries, » requires an understanding of film finance language. » And that’s what we’re going to show you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds It’s a really exciting area, much underrated, that as you move through the world, you’ll understand how important it is to speak the same language as the capital, as the money end of the business. So come along, join us and find out about this key ingredient in the creative endeavours.

What topics will you cover?


  • Core accounting principles and the language of financing creative projects.
  • 3 key financial statements that all investors live by.


  • ‘The Balancing Act’ of balance sheets.
  • Why ‘Cash Flow is King’ and the realm of profit and loss statements.
  • ‘Long Live the King’. If you make a profit what can you do with it?
  • What are all these taxes?


  • Business structures and setting up your own creative endeavour.
  • Director, shareholder, board, auditors… what do all these people do?
  • Working with capital, liabilities and debt.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the basic financial skills relating to the establishment and ongoing maintenance of a company.
  • Discuss the basic financial structures supporting an existing company.
  • Identify key financial drivers in companies.
  • Investigate basic financial spreadsheets.
  • Discuss the financial reasoning behind a business proposal or business plan.
  • Improve your financial analysis of your own creative proposals.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for screen media content creators and business operators who want to better understand the financing of projects.

Whether you are a production accountant, a small business operator, a creative business manager or an emerging producer with a slate of prospective projects, this course will provide you with a better understanding of where to start and how to get your creative project financed.

What software or tools do you need?

While this course doesn’t require any existing specialist skills or equipment, basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and formula skills, or equitable free software alternatives, will give you a head start.

Who will you learn with?

I am a highly experienced professional screen practitioner, encompassing roles as Producer, Writer and Media Consultant, working across film, television and corporate.

Dr Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and has experience in economic development and entrepreneurial innovation.

Who developed the course?

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)

Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is Australia’s premier screen arts and broadcast school, offering top online courses on FutureLearn.

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