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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Ashley Tyler
Getting Funding for a short film

Hello Everybody,

I wanted some advice about funding short film and hopefully in the future a feature-length and series (Web or TV)

How would one go about getting the funds for their first professional shoot other than crowd-funding and how does one actually have a successful crowdfunding campaign?

An...

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Deborah Hodgson

I don't agree with Dan Maxx, no offense Dan. Working in festivals and concerts and theatre, folks deal with no funding all the time. And do it again and again, even if they loose big on a few. An old...

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Deborah Hodgson

Oh and always be open to inkind funding and sponsorships that allow you more cash. Office space, use of a warehouse for shoots, transport, onset roadies, sound techs, props, sets, costumes, locations,...

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Sam Borowski

Ashley, the BEST THING you can do is to prequalify people by going to IMDb and doing your research. How many films have they produced? Have they grounded money in the past and produced films? If they...

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Deborah Hodgson

There are hundreds of organizations who want to give you money. Video about it here https://youtu.be/mGfxyXI6Ub0

Michael Mandaville

I would come up with all your resources like location, cast and crew, unique elements and then write a short around it to make for little money first.

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Nick Eff
Money

Hello.

Other than crowdfunding, what are some alternative ways to raise money for a film?

Deborah Hodgson

Fiscal sponsorship. Find a nonprofit that is into your topic or genre and ask if you can use their nonprofit status for donations and crowd funding. You can also use it for other stuff.

Nick Eff

Thank you Deborah.

Tasha Lewis

To add to the Fiscal Sponsorship, visit Grantspace.org .

Nick Eff

Thank you Tasha.

Deborah Hodgson

A video that tells you how to do it https://youtu.be/mGfxyXI6Ub0

Tony Ray
A Question for Andy Dusfrene

I'm not sure if this is the right lounge for this kind of question, but here it goes: I'm making my first short film this year, and I have zero filming equipment for it (which I don't have a problem with). I'll also need to get some things for costume and props, plus a few little extras. All told, I...

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M L.

I do remember buying an HVX-200 camera years ago and getting a tax exempt form as a small business so that I was able to avoid paying taxes on the camera itself. But you need to be an actual business...

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Jimmy Olsson
Funders and co producers

Im making a feature based on my multi award winning short called 2nd class. Its about a young black teacher who gets attacked by a neo nazi and when she comes back to her students she discovers one of her students is the son of that nazi. Im looking for financers and/or producers who are interested

Tasha Lewis

Welcome! Visit Stage 32 Resources and Crowdfunding and Finance Lounge.

Jimmy Olsson

thank you =)

Tasha Lewis
Mentor

I'm looking for counsel or mentoring in this area to help me stay focused. I want to prepare my pitch and presentation for my projects on my profile page. So when I present to executives, I'm prepared and address the needs learned in my class "What Producers want." Thank you in advance.

Deborah Hodgson

Get friends in the industry to read it first and pick it to pieces. I mean really shoot it down. then use that for your fixes.

Tasha Lewis

Thank you for the sound advice. When I published and edited a online newsletter that was collaborated globally by myself and clients, travel writers and columnist, each person edited it until it was perfected. Feel free to visit my project page and rate my current projects.

Deborah Hodgson

You are most welcome, I will:)

Lauren McKean
Ranked Importance

What are the top three things a crowdfunding campaign should address? Would love to hear feedback both from campaign creators and backers.

Tasha Lewis

See Stage 32 resources. Libraries have crowdfunding books. You can also search "Crowdfunding Checkllist on the internet or Checklist.com..

Deborah Hodgson

Look through the eyes of your market, what top three things do they want?

John Ellis

Hey, Lauren McKean and Christopher Phillips, our IG is live! Would love to know what everybody thinks!...

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Tasha Lewis
John Ellis
Crowdfunding managers - worth it?

Since we're thinking of crowdfunding Season 1 of No Tomorrow, I've been researching companies/individuals who tout themselves as successful crowdfunding experts. Anyone here know of any that are truly legit - with a verifiable successful track record? And how much does it cost? Note - I'm not all th...

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Lorenzo L. Johnson, Jr

John Ellis how is that coming along for you so far? Has more been coming in that is going out?

John Ellis

Lorenzo L. Johnson, Jr Too soon to tell - still creating and approving post topics, timelines, etc. I'll know more in 7-10 days.

Vincent Turner

If it's the nut campaign. You guys have it set up good. But you always can use free publicity. So get other people involved with your crowdfunding campagin. My brother told Jamie Foxx to tell his friends to post about "Just Mercy". It works. People saw it.

Tasha Lewis

The libraries have publications with fact checked organizations. I included a section in my book entitled "Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs which added several of them.

Deborah Hodgson

No, for the simple reason their job is to say whatever to make them look good. They can never describe it like you can. Gather a team of like minds who want to do it for the art and the money. Their enthusiasm in sharing it will sell it.

Joe Zaffuto
Help!!! I currently have a Patreaon Account and I'm having trouble raising money...

I currently have a number of ways on raising funds for my gaming entertainment company. My background is 3D post production for video games and television/film. I started this venture a while ago to provide gaming centric podcasts on YouTube but it has now expanding to e-sports, game streaming, and...

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Tasha Lewis

Stage 32 resources, filmdaily.tv and pitchinvestorslive.com

Deborah Hodgson

I've tried Patreon, it sucks. A little research found others with the same experience. There is too much competition due to Patreon's over popularity. Like trying to get your youtube channel noticed....

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Theophilus Lamar
Start Up Cost/Budget for Audio Drama Production Company

Anyone have realistic numbers or a sample budget for start-up cost relating to starting an audio drama production company. Math and numbers have never been a great skill of mine. I created one back in school but can't remember my password so I have to start from scratch again. Specifically, I'm look...

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Tasha Lewis

Stage 32 Resources.

Deborah Hodgson

Contact a few audio recording studios for advice. They can give you quotes and tips to get you started.

Ethan Frome
Campaign Marketing

How does Publicity/Marketing come into play with a fundraiser? It's often said to "market your campaign" to maximize reach. But how do you approach marketing a fundraiser? For context it's for a webseries. Target goal is $30K.

Tasha Lewis

Stage 32, Grantspace.org, and I use my ebook/book Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs everyday.

Deborah Hodgson

What is your project about, who are the topic or genre fans? Identify their discussion groups and organizations and get friendly.

Amanda Jiang
Looking for a company to finance and produce a crime show

Hello everyone,

Duty's Veil is a crime-thriller type production that’s based in Cardiff, UK. It has a fully shot and edited pilot episode as well as an outline for six future episodes to make a short first season. "Duty's Veil" has won numerous awards in international film festivals like “Indie Shor...

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Charles Portillo

I think it's great when people go out and do what they love. Although I'm not part of this production I want to thank all who have supportive things to say. This is Stage 32 a community of filmmakers. Let's keep supporting each other!

Amanda Jiang

Too bad it’s not to your taste Bo.

Amanda Jiang

Charles, I totally agree! I’ve only recently joined Stage 32 but it seems like a great community :)

Maria Johnsen

Hi Amanda, try Mandy.com ( UK ) and Bectu if you haven't already. you may get response from some producers. Just hang in there. I am sure you got this:-)

Deborah Hodgson

Ask a film school to do it. There are some good ones in the UK.

Jimmy Olsson
Need to get in touch with financers

Hey there. Im a filmmaker from sweden and Im about to shoot my first feature. its based on an award winning short called 2nd class which I made two years ago and now I have a feature script and im looking for financers and co producers. my email is jimmy@regissor.com if someone know anything =)...

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Catarina Sousa César

Hi Jimmy, is the project swedish? (Swedish actors, film there... and are you based in Sweden right now?) If so, I can put you in contact with a very nice lady, who is there (Karlstad, I think), she is...

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Jimmy Olsson

Hi there Catarina. Yes the project is swedish but its also a project that "easily" can be made to an american film as an adaptation but its swedish first hand. We are in the process of financing in sweden now but I want to keep all options open. I would love some help from you =) Thank you

Tasha Lewis

Here are some resources. (Stage 32, Filmdaily.tv, pitchinvestorslive.com, documentary.org and itvs.org)

Deborah Hodgson

Sweden has great community services. Have you asked around grantmakers there?

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