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.

Raising Funds for New Script

I've got a completed script for a single location, micro-budget horror feature, that could easily be made for pennies but these days even pennies are hard to come by. Any ideas on investors I should reach out to that would be a good place to start? Or maybe some helpful methods I might not have considered? Anything helps!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

"BANKROLL"- How to finance your Independent Film" By Tom Malloy

Melissa Tracht

Bankroll is great. Have you considered finding the investors/producers involved in similar projects (genre, budget, etc). Check producers credits.

Vitaly Kozlov

For the filmmakers with no viable IMDB credits and track record in the industry - friends and family is the only real option. Then "Bankroll" and the others similar books would make more sense. Otherwise it's uphill battle and 10 years plus in the development.

D Marcus

It's been six months since you posted this, Nathaniel. What's the status of this project?

Claudia Marinelli

Try IndieGoGo, and launch a campaign

Getting feedback for ideas about perks in a crowdfunding campaign

Hi Everyone, as I'm getting ready to produce and direct my first short, I'm also getting ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign and finance myself. The story is about dealing with loss from an elderly point of view. It's a comedy though. And... I like to cook. So, I thought to give out, as rewards...

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Liliana Angeleri

Ti auguro di riuscire nei tuoi intenti e di realizzare i tuoi sogni.

Claudia Marinelli

Grazie Liliana, sei molto gentile, ma cosa ne pensi dell'idea?

The eternal chicken-and-egg question

Hello everyone! I finished my drama feature script earlier this year and my goal is to produce the film myself (as opposed to selling the script). Of course there's that eternal chicken-and-egg question, as to whether to try to get financing first to attract actors and a director, or whether to try...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Ruth, if you want to learn how to produce pick a producing course from the people who've done it already. That is the most efficient and the fastest way to learn it.

Edward Lowther

Hello Ruth I can get you $500,000 or more for your movie project. But your film production company or any kind of business you have must generate an income of at least $10,000 per month.

Vitaly Kozlov

Insane offer.

Vitaly Kozlov

Hey Edward, you like a true communist offering to everyone on this site (only on that site?) the same deal. Be a little bit more creative. Offer stock and bonds portfolios, munis would go like hot cakes.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

A suggestion as a fellow screenwriter. The book "BANKROLL"--How to finance your independent film by Tom Malloy.

Advice on Securing Funds

Hey guys. I'm about 15 days into a crowdfunding campaign (IndieGoGo) to produce a pilot for a web series. I'm very passionate about this project. My cast, crew, and I believe the series can do a lot of good while being extremely entertaining. We're currently working on a teaser trailer and short pit...

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Paranormal Encounters

I currently have a YouTube show I am looking to redo and need advice on what places are and are the best to start looking for funding?

Indie movie success

After failing for the last two years to sell my big-budget screenplay, I have decided to try my hand at indie movie making. I have learned a lot from the various webinars here on Stage 32, read books written by other indie filmmakers, and done some internet research, so I think I'm pretty well-prepa...

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Ed Fletcher

I'm hoping you get some good answers. This forum is kinda crickets. I've recently redirected my energy from doing based on true story feature film to doing a documentary on the same subject.

Vitaly Kozlov

You have to know how to put together a professional package together before you approach investors. Or get a gun for hire - Producer and he will do the job. But you have to pay him upfront for his wor...

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Edward Lowther

Hello Toby! I can get you $500,000 or more for your movie project. But your film production company or any kind of business you have must generate an income of at least $10,000 per month.








Vitaly Kozlov

BS. I can get you a moon and a sun if you guarantee me a spaceship with the fuel.

Finished, but then what?

What would you guys suggest for an indie film that is completely finished, set for just a few theaters (very few) at this point, but needs funds for prints and advertising?

Dominic Wieneke

Just curious, but why would need funds for prints? Most theaters are totally digital now. I played quite a few theaters with my feature via dvd. You can advertise on FB and other social media. You can...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Nowdays distributors want the filmmakers of indies films to pay for advertising. Reality. FB and other social media advertisings do not work anymore. Friends and family is your option!

Edward Lowther

Allan! I can get you $500,000 or more for your movie project. But your film production company or any kind of business you have must generate an income of at least $10,000 per month.

Vitaly Kozlov

Edwards, that is not how it works it the movie business. Did you ever finance any movies. I couldn't even find your name on IMDB. NOBODY can't guarantee you income in the film business. There are sale...

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Australian film funding advice

Hi everyone, I am still in the process of developing a strong script for a feature film but in the mean time I am also preparing myself for the huge workload and stress of finding funding to make the film. So in light of that I am asking for some feedback from Investors and also trying to network wi...

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Regina Lee

Investors who are concerned about ROI typically consider the track record and marketability of the key cast and the director, as well as the movie's genre marketability.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Absolute Rule - I'll only look at a project if there is a completed script. Trailers are good as is a look book, but the script totally outweighs them.

Vitaly Kozlov

Investors are looking for a full package. Script, Full Budget and not just top sheet, business plan, financial plan, sales projection from viable SA, LOI from SA, teaser trailer would help too.

Financing

I have been working on a indie film project for awhile now. script and outline is done. I started a indie go go account pitch video will be up tomorrow night. I also have been designing and selling t-shirts at shop.spreadshirt.com/nightone2017. First time director and writer all advice helps. if you...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Have you spent any time crowdsourcing an audience for your crowdfunding campaign, Austin? In other words, do you have a group of supporters ready to donate and spread the word once your campaign goes live?

Austin Jackson

Most definitely. Especially on instagram and facebook. I have also been talking with a few actors from trulyindiestudios

Richard "RB" Botto

Excellent, Austin. You're ahead of the game.

Edward Lowther

Austin! I can get you $500,000 or more for your movie project. But your film production company or any kind of business you have must generate an income of at least $10,000 per month.

Too Young To Die

So frustrating when the head of acquisitions of a distributing company contacts you in regards to seeing your movie for distribution when we haven't got the funds yet to make it!! Not the first time. 4th time now. gutted. We need to get the funds - the movie is clearly gaining interest.

Wayne Thompson

And you from Phoenix, Arizona too. My favourite place. We got family out there in Glendale. Actually got the chance to work at Chambers of Fear few year back. Thanks again Sandra.

Sandra R Gregory

Next time you're out this way give me a ping.

Wayne Thompson

Most definitely.

Alan M. Cossettini

Wayne I'm in the same situation with Sharracuda www.sharracuda.com a film I'm trying to bring to life. I have a couple of good deals with distributors, but not the money to start production. Yes, very...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Without first (equity) money in you will keep spinning your wheels.

Pro crowdfunding help

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with using one of the various companies that take a fee for helping your crowdfund campaign. I've done two smaller campaigns that largely tapped my local market. I'd like to use local or internationals assistance to reach real fans not just my friends and exist...

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Tony Ginn

Tomasz recommended using indiegogo /generosity! As far as Social media goes, I have been successful in a Global presence from a Music Video that in my opinion, lends itself for a possible Producer con...

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Ed Fletcher

I think I've done the groundwork. But as I stand 40 days from planned crowdfund, I wish I'd began trying to connect with target audiences earlier. We're also going a live fundraiser Feb. 21 before the...

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Ed Fletcher

I did want to share this social media tool I'm using to help launch the campaign. http://thndr.me/Iru4ly

Jacob DeSio

from my experience with crowdfunding I wouldn't necessarily go with a crowdfunding firm but definitely get at least one other person to help you - it is a lot of work to keep pushing a crowdfunding campaign, its really too much for one person if you want it to be really successful.

Edward Lowther

April! I can get you $500,000 or more for your movie project. But your film production company or any kind of business you have must generate an income of at least $10,000 per month.

Gearing up to finance a Monster Movie with heart

About to start trying to find financing for my monster movie. Have a business plan and other financing docs, just wanted to see if there was anyone who would be open to giving me some advice and/or partnering on the film. Thanks

Dan MaxXx

Partner with a EFXs post facility.

Jeremiah Sayys

I'm working with David Woodruff for the EFX. He's the son of the famous special effects artist, Tom Woodruff.

Regina Lee

A monster movie suggests big budget. If that's the case (it may not be), you may have to go the traditional studio route. Break a leg!!

Alan M. Cossettini

Hey Jeremia, how is it going with your monster movie? Just curious.

Vitaly Kozlov

What is the budget of your project? Budget was done by LP? Do you put your own skin in the game in terms of money?