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.

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Mara Cracaleanu
Short film financing -help

Hi there, I’m trying to finish the script for my new short. It’s a drama about 2 best friends, that ends up with one dying. I explore the concept of death, grief, something we all experience. The problem is, I don’t know where to begin. I need money for my project, for the cast, crew, equipment. The...

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Jeffery Kaye

If the script have good potential, then we can Partner.

Ginny Monroe MA

Hi Jeffery, thank you for your suggestion. For some reason, I have only just got your message.

I am just editing Masterplayer’s writers lookbooks and the website. Then, I will be editing Masterplayer,...

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Jeffery Kaye

That’s okay. Keep in touch.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

You need to find a sponsor, a person who doesn't look at the financial return you will make, but who does it for fun and the love for cinema. There are no other ways to fund shortfilms, unless you loo...

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Mara Cracaleanu

Yeah, that’s so true Willem Lodewijk Elzenga. I’ll find a way. Thank you!

Dave Thomas
Does it work?

Hey there. I did try crowd funding for a short film and it was a bad experience. I had some PR people assist me, and I do have experience of PR plus producing, but my first attempt to crowd fund was a disaster because I didn't have a large enough network of people to encourage to donate. So does it...

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Erik A. Jacobson

If you can get funding from your government, that's probably the best way to go. Most short films here in the States are shot for under $5000 and many for $1000 or less. Unless you have a track record...

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Dave Thomas

Erik A. Jacobson I Ireland, if one is lucky enough to win the Government funding, it ranges from €10,000 ($11,365) to €15,000. But just like you said, many shorts are produced for less especially if y...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Very true, Dave. Hopefully, you made a decent profit on your documentary. The important thing is to build a track record of responsibility with OPM (other people's money - Ha!) so that investors are eager to be involved in your projects.

John T. Trigonis

Chiming in here as a bit of an expert on the topic of crowdfunding. First, yes, it does work. How much did you set your initial target? I tried Google searching the project on both Indiegogo and Kicks...

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Dave Thomas

Thank you all. I am not interested in Loans at the moment, certainly not for a short as they are not going to make a profit if anything at all. Barry Sobel Thank you for the offer. John T. Trigonis Th...

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Mac Hawbaker
I know my strengths, but were to flex?

Finding the money is not the easiest task. I've seen posts about using crowdfunding websites, but as I come from a heavy sales background, my strength lies in face to face meetings and one on one sales pitches. My question is, how/where do you find the people to set up these meetings with. Aside fro...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

I get Shadow's thought. There's no point in spending money to legal work if you haven't got your partners and investors in place. There is a grey area offcourse, but film is a creative business, not a regular one.

Mac Hawbaker

I agree with the idea of having money opportunities lined up ahead of time, but having the LLC in place was what allowed me to get in the door with the few financiers I have managed to get. Without th...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Dan MaxXx and Julien Klenn you missed the point entirely... it takes about 12 minutes to incorporate... You do that when you actually have a legit investor AND after you have discussed what position t...

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Julien Klenn

Shadow Dragu-Mihai First money in or not, no legitimate investor will talk to you if a PPM (Private Placement Memorandum) is not in front of them.

Most will be under Regulation D Rule 504 (movie budget...

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Shannon Tharp

This is an issue that looms the best of us. I would have to say you must first get in the arena of the investors. This means you must work to get into their world first before ambushing them with this...

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Heather McCluskey
Favorite platforms

With the large variety of crowdfunding sites available, just wondering, any favorites? Best and worst stories from any sites? (Epic fails/great success/fine print you missed?) The best info comes from real people, really trying, and every bit really helps!

Joey Madia

I've had good success in the past with Go Fund Me. Their platform is easy to use and they especially good for nonprofits. I am just launching a Patreon now and have been very impressed with them as both a contributor and now as a creative.

Heather McCluskey

Thanks everyone, I'm planning ahead to launch a crowdfunding campaign to start up a production company, and possibly fund 1-2 films. I had heard go fund me was getting to be bad about closing accounts for no reason and refusing to pay funds. I appreciate all the feedback, thanks again!

Brad Rego

If you are doing features and planning on raising several hundred thousand, you may want to look in to equity crowdfunding.

Shannon Tharp

Indigogo. It's more international and it's not an all or nothing platform so you can still get some of the money and use it towards your project

John T. Trigonis

Hey Heather! The only two sites worth anything for film crowdfunding are Kickstarter and Seed & Spark. GoFundMe is best for nonprofit or social cause campaigns, and Indiegogo has since shifted its foc...

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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

Phillip Michael Urlevich
Maybe you can help

Hi I am gearing up to launch my Seed and Spark page. Does anyone have any helpful hints to make it succesful? Or maybe know where the money is? Seriously any help would be appreciated!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Like any other crowd-funding project, it is a LOT of work and daily promotion and email list accumulation... You must be constantly active and the most successful spend some promo/adevertising dollars...

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John T. Trigonis

I couldn't agree more with Shadow Dragu-Mihai –– there is no silver bullet to crowdfunding. It's work! (Honestly, I'd even go as far to say it's easier to secure an actual investor in terms of the amo...

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Phillip Michael Urlevich

Hey thanks guys!

Melissa Butler

If you haven’t sourced your crowd before kicking off your campaign it will be an uphill battle but it can be done it you follow their suggestions and are persistent. Good Luck

Leanne Campbell
Financing in Australia

Hi everyone,

I keep reading these posts and nothing seems usable for Australia. I have two feature films ready to go and all we need is funding. Finding people wanting to invest in films is no easy feat in Australia as it is a very small market!

Is there a reason an American investor would consider/b...

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Jesse Di Campli SV

Hi Leanne I am in the same predicament in Australia, we should brain storm and try to break through the market. If you want to share ideas please let me know. Cheers

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

If the package of your film has commercial potential, investors from anywhere are interested in what your doing. But you have to create and sell such a project which is quite a pain in the ass. If you...

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Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

https://www.ausfilm.com.au/ is a great resource that works with the US & international markets that you might find useful.

Stanley N. Lozowski

We can fund & distribute worldwide features theatrically completed or just starting but they must be made correctly. filmtiq@gmail.com.

Crowdfunding tips

Has anyone tried crowdfunding to finance a film? If yes, what was your experience and what did you learn from it?

Egypt Reale

I use all avenues for fund raising, the more the better, including making the money yourself - don't get caught up in how every one else does it, that can be very discouraging - think outside the box and hit every angle possible. Make it fun and stay positive.

Gary Howell

I wasn't involved on the creation of the crowdfunding site for my short film, but the producer decided to use GoFundMe rather than one of the sites more geared towards creative types. GoFundMe is more...

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John T. Trigonis

Hey Trevor Prime! I've worked on two of my own campaigns, one for a short film and another for a comic book series, and I've consulted on over 1,000 campaigns (I worked from 2013 - 2018 as Indiegogo's...

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Stanley N. Lozowski

We're looking to fund features; my partner can provide worldwide theatrical distribution through one of the six TOP Hollywood distributors with P and A PAID if your film was correctly made. Everything...

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Merlin Iman

Ok, thank you, I will get my story synopsis to you ASAP

Mike Heff
Approaching family

Hey everyone, I'm thinking about approaching family for funding but I'm a little nervous to even ask for help. Has anyone had a bad experience asking for funding from family? Or a good one?

Doug Nelson

Loaning money to family members has taught me a lot - Don't do that again!

Mike Heff

Thanks for the advice guys. I've entered a few contests to hopefully win some prize money. Do you have any suggestions on where to start to getting financing?

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Its not a good idea, better stay out of trouble. If you have very wealthy family members than it might not be such a big issue. Its very common for families to support artistic family-members, the bes...

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Bill Costantini

Why not? I've done it before. If you're serious about what you do, have the professionalism to back you up, believe in your product and its potential, then family and friends are some of the first peo...

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John T. Trigonis

Y'know, my dad always used to say that if you borrow money from friends, you lose both friend and funds. That must've been doubly true to him with regard to asking family members for money. But if you...

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Sean Mannion
Long list of grants available for filmmakers
The Ultimate Film Grant List - Updated February 2019!
The Ultimate Film Grant List - Updated February 2019!
Every season we comb the internet to find the latest and greatest filmmaking grants with upcoming or rolling deadlines. This list includes over 95 grants, organized by categories: Documentary, Narrati…
Bill Costantini

Thanks for the updated list, Sean, and best fortunes in your creative endeavors!

Sean Mannion

Thanks Bill! To you as well!

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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Michelle Tonkin
Standard Indie Budget?

Hi, first time filmmaker here. I’ve completed the screenplay which is a based on the true life inspirational story of a woman coming out of the human trafficking industry. I have the rights and permissions for the script etc... I’m looking to get the film crowd funded and would like an idea for a st...

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Michelle Tonkin

Thx for the advice. Have you ever reached out to individuals for funding?

Lauran Childs

Good luck! Very good advice from Rachel.

Jill Maxcy

I do budgets

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Michelle Tonkin - there's a great "On Stage With RB" webcast with the head of film for Indiegogo here that you'll find helpful: https://www.stage32.com/media/1440598101885723778...

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Michelle Tonkin

Thx guys for your tips:)

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