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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Amanda Toney
Trying to find an investor for your feature film?

Well, you're in luck. One of our Stage 32 favorite Educators, Sara Elizabeth Timmins is teaching an interactive 4-part class to help you find your investors. Sara Elizabeth has raised millions on her own and most recently was featured on Deadline for her new movie coming out: https://variety.com/202...

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Mark Rosman

Looking forward to Sara's class!

Kelli A. White

Looking forward to it!

Emma Louise Smith

Super!!

Noel Thompson

What a great first class! It was so nice to meet some of you and hearing about your projects. I'm looking forward to the next class. Do we have an assignment to fill out?

James Karl Fischer

Excellent! Apologies for the late introduction; I’m looking forward to the next class and hope I can catch up. Sarah Elizabeth is such a wonderful teacher, I’ll do my best.

Gail Morin
Nice to meet you

Hello, everyone! It is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Gail, and I am an accomplished author who has dedicated my talents to crafting captivating children's books. In addition to my literary pursuits, I have also delved into the realm of scr...

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Patrick McIntire
Film Budgets, Schedules & Film Financing Business Plans Prepared For Any Size Project

For those of you seeking film financing, you should know every REAL investor's first requirement will be that you have a professionally done Film Financing Business Plan and Detailed Film Budget done by a film industry professional in the business and not some service that has no film production, di...

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Matthew Faye Terry
Grants for Short Films

I find it increasingly frustrating that so many short film grants cater to the underrepresented, unspoken, and are equity driven. I'm a white male in my 60s who doesn't qualify for a vast majority of short film grants simply based on my immutable characteristics. It would be refreshing if these gran...

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Amanda Toney
‘The Mandalorian’ Movie Nabs $21M In Tax Credits to Shoot In California As Disney Claims Most Incentives

Think of all the indies that could have used that money....

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'The Mandalorian' Movie Nabs $21M In Tax Credits to Shoot In California As Disney Claims Most Incentives
'The Mandalorian' Movie Nabs $21M In Tax Credits to Shoot In California As Disney Claims Most Incentives
Movies selected to participate in the state's Film and TV tax incentive program have set record highs in qualified spending in three consecutive feature film credit allotments.
Sam Sokolow

Indies are getting $13M of this round of incentives and if the overall goal is rebuild the workforce and keep productions of all sizes in the state they have to support some big ticket productions. It...

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Mike Boas

Has anyone here applied for, or considered applying for, a tax credit on their film? The question of “is it fair” implies that indies are getting overlooked.

I’m in New York, which has an attractive cr...

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Emma Louise Smith

It's such a universal theme, sadly. I've just been having the same conversations in the UK (within the framework of a pilot programme aimed at levelling the field) and with the commissioner in France....

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Christopher Maes

CA and NY are not very film-friendly states to shoot in, IMO. They charge you for everything, permits and location fees will cost 2x what you would spend in NM, PA, MD, GA, etc. A film-friendly state tries to help filmmakers. I have not seen that love in CA.

Mike Boas

I will clarify that I live in upstate New York, not NYC. Shooting in the city is expensive of course, but the tax incentive is often used by productions shooting in certain areas of Rochester or Buffalo looking to emulate NYC.

Matthew Faye Terry
Marketing Companies for Crowdfunding

Greetings

Can anyone recommend a marketing company that I can hire to tap into social platforms on my behalf for crowdfunding?

Jack Binder
AMA Wednesday 2-28 - 2-29 Shane Stanley - Producing & Directing

Check out this informative Ask Me Anything with Shane Stanley!

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/producing/Ask-Me-Anything-AMA-Wednesday-2-28-to-Thursday-2-29-Being-A-Producer-and-Director-On-Your-Own-Indie-Projects

Joyce Lee
Product Placement

Has anyone here had a successful Product Placement campaign?

Can you give me any tip or ideas on how you did it and what you did?

*pic is for attention and kitty lovers

Jack Binder

Product Placement is elusive and often mis-credited with providing funding. There are exceptions however generally one would receive complimentary product (cigarettes, sodas, potato chips, etc.) Conta...

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Joyce Lee

Jack, is it because Producers are asking for product placement money up front before production as funding for the movie? My husband's idea was to basically make product placement like advertising, wh...

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Emma Louise Smith

Hi Joyce, product placement is a tricky one and can be overstated in conversation in my opinion. What is more likely is propping (where a company or brand may offer you an item or wardrobe or venue)....

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Jack Binder

Hi Joyce, as mentioned here, they just don't actually pay money in general, in my experience. Certainly after the fact. Perhaps in unique cases where the market value is presented as a good investment. Mostly it's a fallacy concept unless you're Godzilla and Pepsi.

Stephen Folker

I've done product placement a few times on small projects. But I was limited to either free stuff, or 'sure you can use our brand in your film'. No money.

Donna Segura
Hive Mind re Film Funding resources

Hello everyone. If someone, in this case myself were to ask you "Who would you refer or suggest to assist in securing funding for your film" What would your suggestions or recommendations be?

For context: As an entertainment publicist, I have three clients with amazing film projects, each in either D...

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Tugume Benon (Benie)

Let me email you over something quite but related. Thanks

Emma Louise Smith

Hi Donna, what type of financing are they looking for? Getting financing for development is a tough call - I wouldn't take on anything in this stage unless I can verify several things (producers or wr...

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Jack Binder

I would suggest they partner with an established producer with the resources and experience financing films (or television productions).

Dan Hannan
Screenwriter

With a complete script I'm starting to pursue sponsors and have a solid pitch. With no production company behind the project yet, I'm not so sure that when money is committed how it's collected, where does it sit...an escrow account? Or do I ask for a promissory note until full financing is secured...

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Tugume Benon (Benie)

With a complete authentic riveting pulse pounding Drama series called THE INCISIVE: A Coincidence. S1, 10 Episodes ready to go, i'm in the same situation as you. I'm interested in hearing from that have navigated this phase successfully before. Thanks

Emma Louise Smith

First question... how have you protected your script? What is the ownership structure for the asset you're asking people to invest in. Start here I think Dan. Either you are selling your script to a p...

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Dan Hannan

Emma, I have the script registered with WGA. Not looking to produce myself but sell it to a production company and work with them to bring sponsors to the table from my connections in developing the s...

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Jean-Pierre Afanlome

Hello there! I agree with Emma...

Jack Binder

Definitely copyright with the US Library of Congress. To answer your question, a Letter of Intent (LOI) would be helpful from interested parties. This helps other potential investors to know they are...

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What about grants?

Has anyone here had success raising money via grants? I'm curious if that's a viable or common method. If you have received grant money, how did it factor into you getting your production fully funded?

Emma Louise Smith

Hi Tucker, for sure grants are an important consideration. They form part of the 'soft money' category within your finance plan. There are great resources available to search online for grants offerin...

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Jack Binder
Keep Your Eyes on the Market for Film Finance

A big part of achieving your film finance objectives is keeping an eye on the current market. Knowing what distributors, financiers, producers, streamers, etc are buying, selling, and producing gives you insights on how your project might fit into the film and tv production and distribution landscap...

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Berlin Hot List: Films With Margot Robbie, Cillian Murphy, Dave Bautista, Tilda Swinton Hit the Market
Berlin Hot List: Films With Margot Robbie, Cillian Murphy, Dave Bautista, Tilda Swinton Hit the Market
A David Mackenzie crime thriller starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a reteaming of Bob Odenkirk with 'Nobody' and 'John Wick' screenwriter Derek Kolstad are among the buzziest new projects at Berlin's…
Gary DeMoss

Great advice. Hope we're done with our project before Berlin 2025.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks so much for sharing! This is great!

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