Financing / Crowdfunding

From all facets of a traditional raise to soft money to crowdfunding strategies, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice regarding raising funds for a project.

Harry Dzumhur
Pitch session and financing

What are your experiences with the pitch sessions on Stage 32 and financing your projects? And what are your thoughts about going through the financial route via Slated? https://welcome.slated.com.

Jessica Hebda Lawson
Grants

I was wondering if anyone had any experience/success getting grants in order to produce your films. Would you recommend trying to find a grant writer? Does anyone know if they will work for a producer credit on the film unless it gets funding? If you did use a grant writer how much did it cost, I ha...

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Vonti McRae

Never thought of tracking down a funding producer. I just posted about this being a writer wanting to secure a grant. Thank you for helping me pivot!

Vonti McRae

Ricardo would you have a lead on how to find a fundraising producer who specializes in media?

Jessica Hebda Lawson

I have found a producer who will be helping me with the finding funds as well as getting a fiscal sponsor in order to qualify for some of the grants that I am looking to apply to.

Vonti McRae

Wow Jessica that’s excellent? Were you able to find them through here? Or did you just pitch to them thru your network?

Ricardo Rangel Jr

Vonti, if in the USA, check your state's arts & culture department and look up a list of filmmakers in your state. Also look in Facebook groups. You will need to have a solid pitch and be upfront about the role your are trying to fill. Good luck!

Ketan Majmudar
First crowdfunding and learning

I launched a crowdfunding campaign just under 2 months back, and I realise now how much preparation you need to really hit the ground running. I have, like many others, found the audience building and work quite overwhelming, instead of having that work done in advance. As I'm also writing/directing...

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The Writ - Short Film
The Writ - Short Film
Original Short Fantasy Film with a diverse cast & crew. Exploring dreams, success and desire. | Check out 'The Writ - Short Film' on Indiegogo.
Ketan Majmudar

In an ideal world, I would find collaborators before I started, but this film came out of nowhere and ballooned by into something so much bigger than I expected very fast. I was not under any illusion...

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Paulina Lagudi

I've been there and completely understand.

Ketan Majmudar

Had a bit of a boost this past week, I posted a personal email to a curated personal list - probably about 60-90ppl and I had a nice response from friends I had not been in contact with for a while, b...

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John T. Trigonis

All the best, Ketan Majmudar! Learning as you go is one way to do it, and by setting a modest goal (which I hope you reach) you've allowed yourself what other crowdfunding filmmakers who have delusion...

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Ketan Majmudar

Thank you John T. Trigonis. I appreciate your feedback and comment. If I were to go down this road again, I would probably also ask for less and work on a deeper level with the campaign prep and launc...

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Rory Percival
Getting a film financed

What is the best way to effectively gain a budget for an independent film and how exactly does one crowdfund? Discuss!

Kay Luke

What David said.

Rory Percival

That is solid advice, thank you! Yes, drawing the right attention to a project is quite often about finding someone who is not only in the right place but shares similar ideals. I’ve talked to a few o...

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Jean Buschmann

High praise for David! He's a veritable knowledge database/information whisperer for the creator community. LOVE your generosity of spirit. Rekindles my faith in humanity.

John T. Trigonis

Hey there Rory Percival! I recommend picking up a copy of my book CROWDFUNDING FOR FILMMAKERS (and/or Googling my name and "crowdfunding film" for some free writings I've done on the subject and podca...

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Montee Ball Sr

Well that was time well spent...thank you David!

William Joseph Hill
What are your opinions on digital crowdfunding rewards (ie, PDFs, JPEGs, etc)?

Thought I'd put this question out there to the community - I wanted to know what the feelings are in regards to digital-based rewards versus physical ones. If the digital rewards are something like a PDF book of production art, behind the scenes, development, etc? JPEGs of concept art, exclusive stu...

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John T. Trigonis

If you're raising a couple grand, William Joseph Hill, then yes, digital incentives (alone) can be fine. But if you're looking to raise $5K or more, you need some physical rewards and/or experiential...

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Ethan Frome
Launching a Fundraiser

-Posting again for a second opinion- I'm looking to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a Web-series. Any advice on where to start? How much work it will take? (don't be general and say "a lot of work" be specific please) What the day to day efforts of pushing the campaign require? Tools I'll need to...

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Ethan Frome

Paulina Lagudi You've completely misunderstood me somehow maybe i was not clear enough. The 30k - 50k was the amount i'm thinking of raising through the campaign. I was asking the best way to determin...

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Matt Bailey

Read RB"s book on crowdsourcing. Not joking. He's offering the audiobook free at the moment.

Paulina Lagudi

Eva Neide yes let's chat!! would love to learn from you. Ethan Frome I apologize. I totally misunderstood you.

Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Matt Bailey, where do I find RB's book?

John T. Trigonis

Hey there Ethan Frome! (Real name? Loved the book by Edith Wharton as a kid!) Feel free to pick up a copy of my book CROWDFUNDING FOR FILMMAKERS (which RB's book cites plenty in his couple chapters on...

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Writer needing to know how to secure grants

Does anyone here have experience with grant writing? The way my life is setup living in NY I need to unplug just to focus on writing. Most times I’m juggling 2-3 jobs with little time in between. I need to finish a feature screenplay and convert a script to a novel. So many are talking about funding...

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Kay Luke

Grants are limited. You're basically asking the people competing with you to help you win out over them.

And grants that pay unknown writers to write what they want-- that's a stipend fellowship, not...

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Vonti McRae

Didn’t understand that first part. Competing with me? Grant writers are there to teach. No? Thanks for the info though. Got some great answers in this lounge to get me started. Working 2-3 jobs has me burnt out. Would be nice to follow my dream.

Amy Maki

Hey Vonti- I get it--I'm in the same boat, work a few jobs and the writing/filmmaking time is squeezed in between it all. The only solution I've figured out so far is to do a page a day, more on weekends and plan in your head at work--sorry boss...

Vonti McRae

Amy what I’m trying to figure out is what’s wrong with getting a grant? This whole section is about securing financing for a film. Do writers not deserve adequate time to actually write content? So we...

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Brian Fire
Film grants

Film up Stage 32 folk!!!! My question if anyone knows. I just connected with a grant writer and I would like to know what film grants are out there for film makers and screenwriters. Need a break from meeting with the typical investors for a while.

Vonti McRae

I literally just posted about looking for a grant writer. Check grants for writers or whatever you are looking for. I found over 10 sites listing the companies that have them. Did the writer teach you how to write your own grant? What was their pricing to package you out?

Brian Fire

I have a grant writer...I just need links to sites that have a list of those available for entertainment. I didn't ask him if he would teach me and I'm not looking to learn how to write them. My hands...

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Vonti McRae

I’ll inbox you the list of grants I found specifically for media. I wish more people in entertainment felt that way of trying to wear many hats. I’d rather be great at just screenwriting. Than listing...

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Brian Fire

i appreciate you and i agree. What i have learned from being in the industry is a lot of folks let their egos dictate their work flow. Writing and developing your material is very time consuming. it’s...

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Producer for my next short

Hi, I'm looking for a partner with a passion for filmmaking who can help me raise capital for my next short film - a drama about a wealthy young woman who suffers extreme emotional distress following a hysterectomy and wants to be euthanized. I have a script in place, a film location I have used pre...

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Ryan Luskin
Seeking wisdom. How do we drive this great film over the finish line?

In post on a docudrama that was filmed through sixteen countries on the life skills we'll all need to thrive in this changing crazy world. Need to figure out how to do post on a shoestring. Color correction, audio sweetening, foley. This project will make a huge contribution to the world!

M L.
Accounting for streaming revenue in business plans

Financing through private equity generally involves providing  a forecast of your financial return.  My question pertains to planning a slate of films over a period of time.  So this is related to development funding and slate financing.  Anyone know how this is generally done now when theatrical is...

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Aalijah Amaro
Product Placement

Hello All,

I am currently helping on a production but we are looking to get investment from companies by possible Product Placement here in LA. Does anyone know of any companies to start or possibly any companies that help students. Thanks

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