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Step 3 - Negotiation

If NIFC's initial evaluation of the proposal is positive and an agency agrees to sponsor the project in principle, a NIFC External Affairs staff member and the producer can begin the process of negotiating a written agreement. The agreement will describe the working relationship between the production company, the hosting unit and the sponsoring agency. In effect, this agreement sets the ground rules that will help the project stay on track and come to a successful conclusion.

While we are working on an agreement, NIFC External Affairs staff will usually begin looking for a unit or a specific crew that would function as the subject(s) of the project. In some cases, the producer will already have a subject crew or unit in mind.

Although NIFC specialists may see value in the proposal and want to provide it, that is not a guarantee that a crew or unit can be found to sponsor the project.

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