Franco Sama

Executive Film Producer

Independent feature film producer Franco Sama, who is honored to have recently become a member of “The Producer’s Guild of America” (PGA), boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a nearly two decades of independent film development, production and financing experience.


Sama has Executive Produced and/or produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) successful independent feature films including most notably, “Guns, Girls and Gambling” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is now a cult favorite; this film acquired a distribution deal from Universal Home Entertainment. 


Other films Sama has produced include; “Black Limousine” starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, “Tooth and Nail” starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, and "Paid" starring Corbin Bernsen.    Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the film festival darling “Petunia” starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.  

His shingle “Samaco Films, LLC”, headquartered at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, is currently financing and producing a slate of several independent feature films, including, TAKE MY WIFE, PLEASE, VODUN, THE WHIPPING CLUB (IRELAND) and ALEXIS COLETTE” (U.K.).  Their latest film “DAILO” has completed Principle Photography and is currently negotiating various distribution options.


In addition, Sama is also a highly sought after public guest speaker having launched his 

hugely popular film financing and distribution forum program “Finance Indie Road Map”, otherwise known as “The F.I.R.M.” which is designed specifically to educate and assist first and second time filmmakers in their quest to develop, fund, produce and release their first feature film(s). 


In his constant effort to seek out and educate and assist new filmmakers, Sama travels throughout the United States and Internationally educating emerging filmmakers on the business of film funding and has been the keynote speaker and guest panelist at the 2018 & 2019 V.I.P. Film Summit held in Washington D.C. respectively. 

Sama also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization New Filmmakers, L.A. and the CEO of his new, upcoming Film Finance Company, 22nd Century Cinema.


2021: The Whipping Club - Shooting in Ireland

2021: Confessions of a Serial Killer - In Development 

2021: Miracle Mile - In Development

2020: Producer: THE INHERITANCE - Filming/Post Production

2020: Executive Producer: ALEXIS COLETTE - In Development -  London

2020: Executive Producer: VODUN - In Development

2019: Executive Producer: SEANCE - Pre-Production

2019: Executive Producer: ALEXIS COLETTE - Anthony W. Johnson

2019: Executive Producer: HANNA's MIRROR - Director - Johnathan Brownlee

2019: Executive Producer: WHERE IS SOPHIA? - In Development

2019: Executive Producer: CRYPTID - In Development


2018: Executive Producer:  STOCKHOLM - In Development

2017: Consulting Producer: CHIMERA - Stars Henry Ian Cusick and Kathleen Quinlan

2017: Executive Producer: GAME OF ACES - Stars Chris Klein

2016: Executive Producer - LEX TALIONIS - In Development

2016: Executive Producer - BLESS ME FATHER- John Turturro, Michael Rapaport

2015: Executive Producer - THE BLACK PILLS - Tom Proctor

2015: Executive Producer - THE UNTITLED TRINIDAD PROJECT

2015: Executive Producer - THE LIVINGSTON GARDENER - Released

2014: Executive Producer - THE DARK PLACE - Released

2014: Executive Producer - 3 DAYS IN HAVANA (Gil Bellows)- Released

2013: Executive Producer - THE HAND OF NOW

2013: Executive Producer - SURROUNDED BY GHOSTS- In Development

2012: Co-Executive Producer -PETUNIA- Brittany Snow, Thora Birch

2012: Co-Producer - GUNS, GIRLS & GAMBLING - Gary Oldman, Christian Slater

2011: Producer: BLACK LIMOUSINE- David Arquette, Vivica A. Fox

2010: Executive Producer: THE PENITENT MAN - Lance Henriksen

2010: Executive Producer: TOP FUEL – Scott McCullough- Director

2009: Executive Producer: BLOOD TIES – Distributed via Lionsgate

2008: Executive Producer: DEATH’S DOOR – Ken Gust

2007: Executive Producer: TOOTH & NAIL- Starring Michael Madsen & Vinny Jones

2007: Executive Producer: THE FINAL CURTAIN – Distributed by Lionsgate

2006: Executive Producer:  PAID – Starring Corbin Bernsen