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.

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

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.

Ruth Maramis

Hello everyone, sorry it's been ages since I signed in to Stage 32 but for some reason I didn't get notifications that people have answered my questions so pardon the lack of response on my part. Well...

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Vitaly Kozlov

The truth is, Ruth even for your first feature you have to put your own skin in the game too and come up with the funds too. Good luck.

How To?

How does one run an effective crowdfund campaign? What are the musts and must nots?

Michael Moser

Having done a bit of crowdfunding myself, I think it comes down to two things. The first is presentation. You have to be able to present yourself in a way that gathers trust from people, and in return...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Richard Thrift 1 hour 20 minutes? Not really METRO NYC. But any suggestions you need just post a thread. Also I suggest you get an @imdbpro page account. Best $21.75 a month you will spend.

Richard Barton-Thrift

IMDb Pro page is not on my top priority list, having fun and making films is.

Andrew Pallett

Hey Richard, there's a LOAD of great resources online that you can read through to find out more about crowdfunding. Filmmakers that I've known to run campaigns favour IndieGoGo and they have a lot of...

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Bradley Bergling

One of the best ways for crowdfunding -- look at what has worked from other campaigns. Not just their kickstarter pages, but where else they have a media presence. As crowdfunding continues to age, pe...

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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?

Mark Ratering

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

J G Blodgett

From what I have been hearing about over and over these days, niche marketing is the way to go. Find the niche of your film, attach a product to it, and have those selling that/those product(s) invest...

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Anurag Worlikar

Thanks, Joshua Beasley that helped.

Francis Mandewah

Hello to everyone! I am author of a haunting, remarkable, and an inspiring spirit-lifting humanitarian memoir titled FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance. My true story takes...

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Andrew Pallett

I agree with Josh here, unless the short is intended to sell a larger feature it's going to be hard to attract any money. At all. You can usually find interested people that would be happy enough to w...

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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?

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.)

Gustavo Letelier

Contact The Film Collaborative, they have also a distribution arm that will consider your finished film. Best luck

Jon Bonnell

Find a fiscal agent. That's a non-profit that will act as your sponsor. Then he can donate the money to them. You will end up falling under their charter and you should be making the film for them to exploit, not yourself, but that's how you get around this.

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?

Gabriel Lee

Hey Connor, we actually have access to a UN grant for a short time more that you may be interested. Not sure if you are still looking for funding as this post is 3 months old. Also, I will be in Vegas tomorrow if you wanted to meet up. IM if interested. Thanks

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

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

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

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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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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Pleasing the Investors

Hello to all. I am to meet with some investors very soon. The scenario sounds promising and I want to go the best route to please and help the investors get a payoff for their time and moneys. Now, some say that the old school route of shooting a film and submitting to film festivals is dead, and tha...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Steven Harris Anzelowitz Suggestion on 2 books to buy 1)'BANKROLL' by Tom Malloy--How to finance your independent film, 2)'FROM REEL TO DEAL' By Dov S-S Simmons.

Paulette Pearson

Have you already looked into registering with SEC under Regulation D?

J G Blodgett

Paulette, I have not but I will right now. Steven, thank you for the reading suggestions!!

Paulette Pearson

Let me know if you need assistance with this. It's not as mysterious as it looks, but every state is different I suppose.

Paulette Pearson

Check this website out. https://www.sec.gov/info/smallbus/secg/formdguide.htm. Soliciting investors is a regulated business. To be exempt from these regulations you apply for an exemption. There is an...

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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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Kiara Cortes

Hi Erik, yeah the Lawyer was our first choice only because we wanted to be super safe and we need a contract made between the two of us. We are good friends before this project and we want to still be...

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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.

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.

Paulette Pearson

Hi Kiara, You can contact the US Copyright Office directly yourself. You don't need an attorney for this step. Just follow their instructions.

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