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.

Self Finance or Wait for Pickup?

One of the TV pilots that I wrote is being promoted all over, however, I am now in the position where I can finance the pilot shoot and several more episodes myself. My question: is shooting the pilot and going to a "pilot fest" more valuable than trying to sell a screenplay to a network or streamin...

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The Road: VR short film

Hey guys! I'm producing a VR short film about human trafficking and I'm looking for sponsors. Any ideas who I could reach out to? Or how to make our campaign more appealing to potential backers? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1776348949/the-road-a-vr-short-film......

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Christopher Henry

Hey Petra! Have you contacted any of the national organizations fighting human trafficking (Polaris, OCTIP, etc.) ? They usually have lists of people looking to promote awareness and get active in the...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Petra... you might try googling organizations that are active in fighting human trafficking and present your project to them. Better yet, bring a girl along with you victimized by this in the past or...

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Jenna The Great

Well, here's a funny, completely original story about the worlds cockiest student meeting the worlds infamous philosopher, Aristotle... Could 'you' resist getting a genius to do 'your homework? I've put a LOT of effort into putting this together and yet I'm hurting for help. Any ideas?https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jenna-the-great-education#/

Thomas Fucci

First you'll need the logline, a one page synopsis, a completed screenplay and a simple, direct query letter. If you have those elements you have a start. If you have someone who can get the logline i...

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Thomas Fucci

And do not be surprised by various types of rejection. From no unsolicited scripts to do you have an name actor or a name director attached? Do you have partial financing? etc.

Best Companies To Go To For Funding For Short Film?

Hi, I had another post out re. the short film I'm going to make - Vonelle - and one reply suggested talking to Chipotle for food donations for cast and crew.

As soon as I've found my main character, Vonelle - a black transsexual, 40s - 50s - I'll make a one sheet and canvas the businesses in my area...

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Lauran Childs

Thanks Erik. Well, we'll see. Transsgender movies seem to be getting a lot of attention. Chipotle said no. I'm going to try local businesses too.

D Marcus

I think that's the best way, Lauran. Find local companies and local people willing to support YOU. I understand that Transgender movies are getting a lot of attention and you may have good luck in fes...

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Getting funding and to the networks

I ran across this article and thought it would be of interest.https://invictusprodbsi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/straight-answers-for-independents-from-investors-and-industry-executives/

Funding Feature Films and Submitting your TV Series to Networks:
Funding Feature Films and Submitting your TV Series to Networks:
Funding Feature Films and Submitting your TV Series to Networks: Investors, network and industry executives answering questions and telling the truth about what it takes for independents to get fundin…
James Drago

Good interview. Thanks for posting.

Izzibella Beau

Thanks for posting... makes you wonder how anyone gets ahead in this business.

Dan MaxXx

Ha! I don't need to like someone to work with them. Keep it professional. Show me da money! I got a script, a reel, produced movies, references, and imdb star meter higher than Dolph Lundgren

How to find people to invest for a short film?

So we are a bunch of film school pass-outs, planning to make our second short film for a festival. This time we are looking for people who can invest in the production of the film. I need advice on where and how I can find such producers and how can I connect with them?

Joshua Beasley

From my experience, short films are a passion project a lot of the time. Selling a producer like myself would take the right conversation. Short films most of the time do not make money. So IF you hav...

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Mark Ratering

That Uncle that is in the hospital, shortness of breath...ask him. AND DON'T CALL HIM A PRODUCER. BAD BAD BAD.

Funding for Publishing?

Hello everyone, my friend and I have come into a bit of a financial road block. I met recently with a lawyer who was able to give us a price for copyrighting both the novel (my friend wrote) and the screenplay (I wrote). We wanted to be able to cover all ends since this is our first time getting any...

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Kyle Climans

Very good idea to draw up a contract. That's what my brother and I did before we started work on a script together, and I drew one up with a friend of mine before I brought him onto my web series as a co-writer. Best to have an agreement on paper with your signatures on it.

Stavros Georgiadis

OK, so I am a bit confused. If you write the book its already a copyrighted work. To write the screen play based on the book you need to get the rights from the author. Is this what your trying to say...

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Kiara Cortes

Hi Stavros, thank you for your information. I thought that it would be copyrighted once the book was complete, but a Publisher and a couple other people told us to get it copyrighted before sending it...

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Kiara Cortes

Kyle, thank you. Yes, her and I definitely want to have an agreement on paper. I've gone into another project with an acquittance once and it ended badly when we didn't have the agreement written down.

Stavros Georgiadis

Right, I think. So your friend has PROVIDED the rights of the book to you, to THEN write the screenplay? You have THEN written the screen play? Correct? If not, then get this step for a transfer of co ...

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What's your idea of low budget?

I'm a producer in the third area and am developing a ten episode web series. The episodes range from 10-20 minutes. Right now the first 7 episodes are written, totally 85 pages. It's a dramedy, but there's some action and some visual effects. When I tell people my budget they all get overwhelmed at h...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Correction: SAG ULB is anything under 250K, with a daily rate of $125. Sandrene: A film, TV, or web series budget is determined by a fairly simple equation or formula. If producers adhere to this formu ...

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Royce Allen Dudley

An equally useful question as the one posed here might be "what is your definition of "independent" filmmaker or film ? When I was doing what many or most people on S32 are doing now, it was unashamedl...

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Dan MaxXx

the different episode run times is problematic in every way. Stick to a common page count, re-use same locations, actors, crew, block a consistent shooting and post schedule.

Sandrene Mathews

Thanks for the responses. I'm very familiar with union rules and know how to make a budget, I'm more interested in what people's perception is. Dan, the benefit of making web content is you're not lim...

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Stanley N. Lozowski

Welcome to the wonderful world of new media. I mentor, produce and assist with funding for many zero/no/lo/micro/ budgeted feature and everything in between up to two $100 million+ projects. I work wi...

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Getting money for your film

Hello fellow screenwriters,I haven't had a chance to use these services for getting money for a screenplay - check it out and see if this can help you. If so let me know, if this works out for you, please leave me a testimonial.Thanks     http://filmfundingla.com/film-funding-videos/ https://ideaple...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Filmfundingla.com is not a film investor. They offer to help build your credit and apply for loans at 6% for which you are personally liable, all for a fee of $50,000. They don't really care if you're making a film or buying a dishwasher. Their whole purpose is arranging loans.

A service for a service

if i pay people with a service as opposed to dollars do have to file anything? or file for another status outside if a sole proprietership? also where would i file a lawsuit waiver?

Erik A. Jacobson

You're a little short on specifics, Matt. I'm guessing you're referring to cast and/or crew and either SAG or the IRS. You also seem to be assuming that everyone would want or need your particular service.

JD Hartman

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc420.html Are you saying that I'll help on your short if you'll help on mine? Lawsuit waiver? Against what type of legal action? Any document is worth the money you have ...

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Matt Trudell

I'm wondering if I can pay in through blockchain Erik A. Jacobson , do I have to report it to the irs? it's future capital. like just swag really? can I pay actors in swag if they accept the part?

Matt Trudell

JD Hartman no not at all. Im wondering if there would be any legal entanglement if I paid with altcoin at they are pretty high growth holdings over time, like bonds.

Matt Trudell

a 1099 is about all i would have to do then...thanks

Tax deductible donation

I'm producing a short film, and I have an interested investor, but he would only like to invest if he could claim the donation as tax deductible. I can't seem to find any info about how he can do this if we don't have a 501(c)(3) set up since it's a short film. Anyone have any ideas?

Glenn Callahan

I work with a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization that may be willing to help if the projectfits into the mission statement of the foundation. www.faithandfamily.org

Vitaly Kozlov

Hey Glenn I went to that website. It's great that you all doing it for families. God bless. I am presently exploring a filmmaking possibility with a similar organization who is already working on crea...

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Doug Nelson

D. Nose around in the school's administration. If you pitch it as a teaching proposition, it generally falls under their wide mission statement umbrella.

D Marcus

Doug, so in order to gat a tax deduction using students from a Com Collage, University or High School I would have to pitch me being a teacher and make the short film as part of the school curriculum?...

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Doug Nelson

D, I don't think that you would need a teaching certificate but the school may need a certified teacher on board your project. Also, most communities have Public Access Television stations that fall under the 501c3 umbrella (often in conjunction with a school.)

30 day crowdfunding

Has anyone done a campaign for only 30 days? I keep hearing that is what you should do, which i kind of understand. If you have done a campaign for only one month, please share your experience, would loved to hear it. I'm about to go through that process.