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.

Chastity Singletary
New here

Hello everyone I am new to the site. Published 3 books and currently just completed my first script based off my second book "Where Art Thou Strength". I went to my first pitch and everyone loved the synopsis, even had a well-known Line Producer want to work with me. Only issue is finding funding fo...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Hang in there, Chastity. Covid is only a temporary obstacle. Keep believing in yourself and your projects.

Chastity Singletary

Thanks guys for the kind words

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Chastity Singletary! Thanks for reaching out! I would concur - don't give up! It's a marathon, so maybe it's just time to slow down and find another "next step".

Are you considering pitching your...

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Chastity Singletary

thank you so much Kay your awesome. I have 3 pitch meetings coming up soon i have paid for and will keep you posted.

Karen "Kay" Ross

YAY! Have fun, Chastity Singletary! Actually, if you're looking for peer feedback on your pitch, you could also do a free month of the Writer's Room where we host a weekly Pitch Practice Session (Thur...

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Brian Butler
Foreign Sales Agents

I am ready to finance my own production by pre-selling foreign markets. I have my one-page synopsis, but now I need a list of Foreign Sales Agents. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Erik A. Jacobson

Remember, pre-sales are based on your track record.

Matt Ip Shaw
Business Plan

Hello lovely people! A few friends and i have started to create an animated series and soon after that, a few shorts. We suddenly saw ourselves looking for more people and more equipment to help take on the workload. There seemed to be a natural inclination towards expanding and possibly starting a...

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Ben Gilani

Matt, it seems you have so much work to do. To breakdown the business plan, you need to ask yourselves 3 questions. Where are we? Where do we want to go? and most importantly, 3- How to get there? The...

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Matt Ip Shaw

Ben Gilani This is amazing. I would love to talk more about this with you. I've seen and typed a few business plans for some start-ups but so far I have had no references for film based plans....

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C. D-Broughton

Sorry, dude, but you can't make a business plan out of something that's doomed as a business.

However, you may be able to get investors for your company... but that's a different thing entirely and you'll have to weigh up the pros and cons of that yourself.

C. D-Broughton

My apologies, I read it wrong - I thought that you were after info on making a business plan to raise money to make short films... which are notoriously non-profitable.

Matt Ip Shaw

haha I should have clarified. I think I got it somewhat figure out now :) Thanks for all your help and input!

Ben Gilani
Scripts - Selling vs. Optioning

Hello, my dear fellow-artists. I would like to know the difference/relevance of optioning a script and selling one. I have of course googled and read lots of articles and contents. But am still confused. I would like to know it with an example. Would someone please explain the entire process to me w...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Ben Gilani Sell: Here's $100, thanks for the script, go away and don't come back, I really, really mean that. (says the producer). Option: Thanks for the $100 you gave me 6 months ago. You haven't gon...

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Ben Gilani

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, this is the most artistic way of explaining the concept to me. Thank you very much. Beautifully described.

C. D-Broughton

It normally works like this:

No-one's going to give you $1,000,000 for your screenplay if it's not going to get made! So what will happen is, you'll get a percentage (5-10%) of the total sum in advance...

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Ben Gilani

C. D-Broughton, thank you so much for explaining. Stay safe.

Dan MaxXx

here’s Scriptfella’s take on screenwriting contract deals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQo4UUNJI-M

Henry Richard
Screenplay Job

I have a great screenplay i just finished scripting..I sold two put two weeks back..Finding it difficult to get a producer for this one.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Henry Richard! Have you assembled a pitch for the screenplay as well? You can post the logline for you screenplay on your profile so visiting members can follow up with you more easily: https://w...

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Finance Needed

We are looking to rise £1.5m for our British tv comedy series and have looked at usual routes (crowdfunding), however, have had little success. We have also hired an in-house grants specialist to help assist us with applying and obtaining grants. I would greatly appreciate some guidance and or sugge...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Have you received feedback from an executive about your pilot? Since you can choose your executive on Stage 32, I would highly suggest trying out Ewan Dunbar, who is experienced with international pro...

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C. D-Broughton

The BFI used to take a % in exchange for their financial input, so I'm not sure it's really a grant... but that would normally be the best place to start.

Other than that, look into the SEIS & EIS sche...

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Tennyson Stead
Shahar Namer/The ICO Rocket

Dear Stage 32 Members,

Over the last two weeks, I've had a couple of Skype meetings with a fellow by the name of Shahar Namer, who I met here on the site and who is looking to sell me the service of launching my company and my film projects as a cryptocurrency. What appeals to me about this idea is t...

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Tennyson Stead

Thank you for the information, Shadow Dragu-Mihai.

David Antoniuk

Great thread Tennyson, thank you for starting it.

George Walker

yes thanks tennyson. i hate people from outside the industry trying to get in and change the way we do things. i managed to find shahar's contact details and I suggest we all call him to tell him what...

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Tennyson Stead

David Antoniuk, you're very welcome. George Walker, unprofessionalism never solves problems - and there's always the possibility that it might create more....

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Tennyson Stead

Hey, gang. After reading this thread, a contact of Shahar’s found me on Facebook and shared some history. If anyone needs details, I can offer them in private... but I’m advising everyone to stay away. For sure.

Giridharan Ma
Seeking Producers for South Indian Film

I am an aspiring Director and have a good women centric survival thriller script like ‘Vacancy’ movie. Looking for Producers to get this started. I am from Southern part of India. Have done couple of short films in USA. My script can be shot either in India or anywhere in the world. It just need two...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Giridharan Ma! If you're hiring for the position, you'll find a better response with a job posting: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Backlash Receiving Grants?

Stumbled upon this fantastic article about a critically acclaimed film that was mentioned in Presidential debates due to the fact that it received a federal grant and was about black, gay men.

Have you ever received backlash about the content of your film when seeking grants? If so, what was the co...

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Marlon Riggs Shakes the Establishment: How a Personal Film on Black Gay Sexuality Stirred Up National Debate
Marlon Riggs Shakes the Establishment: How a Personal Film on Black Gay Sexuality Stirred Up National Debate
Riggs, whose experimental film about Black sexuality became a talking point in the presidential race, produced a body of work ripe for rediscovery. When Marlon Riggs' best-known work, " Tongues Untied…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Hmmm. #1, I have neither sought nor received grants for any of my projects. #2, If I did, I certainly wouldn't care about backlash - unless I am writing a piece of approved propaganda for some funder. Which I don't - one of the reasons I don't seek grants.

Luqman Mohammed
Sponsors from producers

hello,please how can i get producers to fund,sponsor and help me with my movie project?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Welcome, Luqman Mohammed! A very simple question with a lengthy and complicated answer. Could you start with a little information about your project? Don't forget you can list your film's logline on y...

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Jake Richardson
During these covid times ... what works now?

While i'm on hold for my current feature due to our pal covid 19, I wrote the long gestating script i intend to direct as a followup feature. I think it has a built in audience/ fundraising base via crowd funding of one sort or another.

I know there's something of a development boom going on with e...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey Jake, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Filmmaking / Directing to Financing / Crowdfunding, as it fits much better there. Let me know if you have any questions, and all the best to you!

Jeffrey Walesa
No Boundaries Documentary Pilot

My partners and I created a GoFundMe campaign to raise contributions for expenses to film our pilot but have had difficulty in gaining traction for donations and responses and looking for some advice on turning this into a successful campaign.

A bit about our project:

SUMMARY: No Boundaries is a bran...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Short answer, crowdfunding campaigns require a lot of work, a lot of advertising and a lot of prep. Ideally, or maybe required, is a large list of supporters you can access, which you have cultivated...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

You may also want to consider supplemental funding that will increase buzz (and trustworthiness) - does your film qualify for any grants? Both subject matter and people attached could qualify you. Cou...

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