Does your independent film need FREE legal services?
Under the auspices of its Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic, Southwestern Law School's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is offering free Motion Picture Business and Legal Affairs Services to select low-budget, feature length films. To be eligible, projects must be fully funded and scheduled to commence production in the near future.
Southwestern law students in the clinic provide services at no cost to filmmakers under the supervision of Professor Jay Gendron (formerly Vice President of Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television).
Services may include:
- documentation of underlying rights and chain-of-title
- personal services agreements for the producer, director, actors and principal crew
- location agreements, releases and other miscellaneous production documents
- sales agency and distribution agreements
Filmmakers who wish to apply should contact Professor Gendron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Films will be selected on an on-going basis.
Printable flyer about this opportunity (PDF)
The Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic is a clinical course of Southwestern's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in which Southwestern students provide production legal services to "micro-budget" (generally under $500,000) movies that have already secured financing and are being produced during the school term.
The Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute offers the most comprehensive entertainment and media law curriculum in the United States. Recently named #7 in The Hollywood Reporter's listing of "America's Top Entertainment Law Schools," the Institute's extensive course offerings, international programs, externship and practicum opportunities, and other co-curricular activities are specifically designed to prepare graduates for the practice of law in creative industries such as film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports, the news media and the internet. Southwestern has an outstanding entertainment and media-oriented faculty, and its graduates occupy important positions with a broad range of entertainment and media companies and with law firms specializing in the representation of entertainment and media clients.