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.

Pavel Mosencov

Hello. Nobody knows here any correct approach, unfortunately.

David Trotti

I've been involved in financing three independent films in the ultra low budget arena, all with investor money. One is called Exorcist House of Evil. $50,000 budget. Sold Domestically and Internationa...

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David E. Gates

Nice comment David. Pavel is right though, there are many conflicting "correct" approaches. Some suggest throwing heaps of money at what they admit are failed ways to connect with the "money men" whic...

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David Trotti

David, I agree. Ultimately it's just about doing it at a certain point no matter what your resources, because it's the only way to learn and get better at the craft. I know plenty of people who went t...

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Landis Stokes

Thank you Pavel, David, and... David for taking the time to respond. I am very grateful! I've been on professional sets for years and know the production side very well. After producing some indie wor...

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Nobody knows here any correct approach

Hello. Nobody knows here any correct approach, unfortunately.All that I saw here in the section "Financing and CrowdFunding" is empty chatter. It surprises me that among 500,000 users of this site there is not one person who would receive funding.

Pavel Mosencov

I do not ask Dan for money, even if I die. You yourself are sticky and do not have to write nasty things, they'll come back to you

Pavel Mosencov

Moderator !!! Block this boor Dan! He only writes bad things hereModerator !!! Block this boor Dan! He only writes bad things here

David E. Gates

For a start, Pavel didn't ask for money (not in this post anyway!). He merely made an observation which Dan has jumped upon with nothing but negativity and abuse. For someone who's own "bio" is full o...

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Dan MaxXx

Yawn. Who is CJ? Pavel, you haven't mentioned anything about your track record or the amount of money you are seeking? What is the amount and how much skin do you have in? Share the dream. If it is ju...

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Mark W Budke Jr.

This is a mixture of Art and Karma, through that filter Art will succeed.

Film producers and investors on the same platform

Is there a platform that allows you to finance films and on which there are both investors and filmmakers?

Pavel Mosencov

And what do they use ??

D Marcus

Personal contacts mostly.

Michael Giordano

Word of mouth. It's always someone that knows someone...

It's who you know.

Pavel Mosencov

I agree. Then why this site in principle?

Michael Giordano

Well this site certainly makes it easier for MOST but not all. The veteran's (people that have been doing it for a long time) are not going to migrate to a more modern platform. They are going to cont...

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Why is it so hard finding investors

I've been working very hard with my partner we had one investor for a project that we were on the homestretch of getting funded yet the investor requires an escrow of 10% I wish it was a bit easier to get the projects funded

David Black

Mainly due to so few films actually making money

Lowrie Fawley

Agree with Jon on this one. 10% is not much to be asking of you - looking for investors now on a project myself with an award winning horror screenplay, a business plan, film incentives, LOI from a "n...

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Jonathan Roberts

Thanks all any EP's out there or investors send them my way

Tennyson Stead

I've written a TON of articles on the work of film finance. Here's a list, if it helps: https://www.facebook.com/notes/8-sided-films/chapter-2-of-the-developmen......

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Michael Giordano

I came across some material from John Cones. His specialty was getting funding for films. Hope this helps and guides you: http://www.filmfinanceattorney.com

Hello everybody! Finance and distribution?

Hi, everybody. I want to finance and distribute an animated short film on Netflix, but I have to go through every single step just to do so. I know a lot about writing and revising the script. Finance and distribution are a different beast altogether. Where do I go for the finance step? Can you give me any pointers?

Stanley N. Lozowski

We created animated film in 2D and later 3D. Financing is almost impossible unless you have a signed agreement to sell your short film with a large advance payment. Without that, start saving and secu...

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D Marcus

Jordan, have you seen any animated short films on Netflix? Not made by one of the major companies...

Gregory Green

And the operative word here is "short."

Business of Film with Lisa Wolofsky - International Film Group

From Craft Truck <>> "Business of Film, episode 28. This week we are joined by Lisa Wolofsky, Manager, International Film Group for the National Bank of Canada. In this episode, Lisa shares with us the nuts and bolts of film financing and working with banks. Don’t be fooled by the name of the bank,...

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BoF #28 - Bank Financing with Lisa Wolofsky, National Bank of Canda - Craft Truck
BoF #28 - Bank Financing with Lisa Wolofsky, National Bank of Canda - Craft Truck
International and gap financing with Lisa Wolofsky, Manager of International Film Group for the National Bank of Canada.
Pavel Mosencov

And our film it will finance?https://www.slated.com/films/204857/team/

I'm confused

Has anybody had any dealings with Bryan Stuab here on S32? He's listed as a "Financier" from Canton Michigan. I contacted him, sent some materials about our show Starfall because he said he was interested. Then he wanted a phone meeting, which I tried to set up. Since then, he's dropped off the mat....

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Aldous Byron Clarkson

I'm afraid I chased Mr 'Bryan Stuab' away after asking him (and his 'partners' - one which still is on Stage32) their ID's. I found Mr Stuab's Stage32 profile picture on a Polish dating site. Perhaps...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

This "Bryan Stuab" has been suspended from S32. ;)

John Ellis

Just as I thought, Aldous. Good one for doing proper due diligence. Or maybe there's some Polish women out there looking to fund movies? :)

Aldous Byron Clarkson

The man who actually created this fictitious Bryan Stuab character is still active on S32. There must be a few people here who, like myself, wouldn't mind having their movie fully funded: it is very t ...

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David E. Gates

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Crowdfunding

Has anyone tried crowdfunding recently? Which platform did you use? Was it successful?

Vitaly Kozlov

10 mill USD (roughly 500 Mill Rubles) is a decent budget considering Melnitsa making film between 3-7 for each film. I bet it's 50/50 when it comes to final stages of financing. Putin gave 500 mill USD. Where is the rest of the money?

Pavel Mosencov

Here it is and ask him. Are there other users here ??

Vitaly Kozlov

For sure I will ask. Do you want me to mention your name? Powerful connection and source of finance and distribution.

Pavel Mosencov

You can also mention the name. But I do not see the matter in the name at all. We already have letters of interest from 5 actors, there is a good script and an undisclosed financial plan.

Vitaly Kozlov

^^^^Fantastic. What is the budget? Any money already on board?

Are there any Investors?

From all discussions it follows that no one can find investors. So how do you make films for tens of millions of dollars? Or is it money laundering ??

David Trotti

Studios and established production companies have relationships that allow for the full control of projects from inception to distribution that keeps the money flowing into them, and minimizes revenue...

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Pavel Mosencov

Thank you, David, for your kind response! I agree with what you wrote. That is, our path is to look for investors who need tax incentives for 1 million bucks?

Search for investors

And on this site there are real film investors?

James Drago

Search for them in the search section and network.

Pavel Mosencov

That is anywhere ?? Here, all such replies are written * ??

Horror Short - The Doll Collector

After 29 years of writing (only the last 10 was spent in screenwriting) I have decided to step into the mad world of production, the biggest areas I need to learn about are funding, distribution and marketing. I have a script that has been polished and polished and polished and now it's time to begi...

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J G Blodgett

Self funding sounds like it will not be your route. Although, if you can get some people involved with your film: co-writers and directors, actors with well-off siblings or parents, etc. then you can...

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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, 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.

Alan B. Cox

Does he own a business? Could you advertise something for him? Not a donation but a business expense. You don't need a lawyer, you need an accountant.

Joseph Chastain

www.nyfa.org Once you are tax deductible the person is no longer an investor, but a donor.

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