The film will cost a fraction of what most American independent films with similar epic canvases and themes (i.e. Y Tu Mama Tambien – 5.6 million) cost because of the following reasons:
Just as American companies have begun to outsource their back room operations to India because of high technical competency coupled with low labor costs, we plan to take advantage of the Indian film industry’s existing infrastructure and low wages to mount a high quality production at a very modest budget.
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With Curved Roads, we plan to follow closely on the heels of films like Bend it like Beckham and Monsoon Wedding, that successfully crossed over from ethnic/ foreign film markets to mainstream theaters both here and in Europe by positioning the film in a similar bracket.
The first step would be a sound Film Festival strategy and exhibiting at the major markets represented by a reputed Producers Rep. The focus will be on negotiating a well packaged distribution deal that includes domestic and foreign theatrical exhibition and all ancillary (home video, cable etc.) markets.
Advantages Of A Dedicated Network Of Exhibitors:
Coast to coast, the US has close to a hundred screens dedicated to exhibiting mainstream AND independent Indian films. No other ethnic community in the US has this infrastructure. Most indie films fail to get a theatrical release because they lack such infrastructure. With Curved Roads, we can take advantage of this network and tap into the affluent South Asian captive audience.
Based on discussions with distributors in India and the US, the following can be drawn as minimum earnings in case of not finding a distribution deal:
From exhibition of one print in 18 major cities and 12 major universities in the US and Canada, with sizable Indian population, we hope to make $45,000 to $60,000 after print, publicity (a part of it has been provided for in the budget) and travel costs.
Based on discussions with prominent Indian distributors specializing in English language films in India that are consistently released in the new “multiplex” theaters, we can safely assume to get a “minimum guarantee” of two million rupees, which works out to between $45,000 and $50,000.
Based on the rates offered to films for a satellite TV premier that broadcasts with a footprint over the Middle-east, South Asia and the Pacific Rim like StarTV, Zee English etc, we can expect to net a minimum $100,000 with a little buzz.
Considering that one of the main characters (Chickie) is British, the United Kingdom with its large South Asian population will be an apt venue for Curved Roads. Theatrical distribution in art house theaters is a strong possibility and a Television premier on Channel 4 an almost certainty.
Other major markets include Western Europe, Australia and South Africa. Subsequently, worldwide home video / DVD, satellite and cable television rights will also be exploited.
Markets And Income Streams With Projections (Net).
These projections are based on individual distribution deals in each area or revenue from four walling in case we don’t find a distributor. These projections do not represent guaranteed revenue. The first figure presented is a projection of the worst-case scenario followed by a less conservative, but still cautious, estimate.
The minimum projected recoupment should be around $300,000 in case of failing to find a distribution deal and failing to make an impact on the film festival circuit.
Comparable Box Office Performances (or distributor rentals)
* Based on approximate US dollar to Indian Rupee conversion.