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.

Lauran Childs
Horror - how to define the target audience?

Hi, it’s possible that someone is interested to finance my horror movie She Lives Again. Any suggestions as to how to define the target audience? As far as I can see anyone over the age of 18 looks like my target audience.

Thanks!

Gustavo Freitas

Variety has an article on that. I would say 18 to 29 yo. Hope this piece helps you: https://variety.com/2018/film/box-office/horror-movies-study-1202994407/...

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John L & Jamie S

Audiences fall into four quadrants. Female or Male and over 25 or under 25. That’s pretty much the only demographic you need to know.

Lauran Childs

Thank you so much for your comments guys, sorry I only just saw them!

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Amanda Toney
List of Filmmaking Grants

Check out deadlines for upcoming filmmaking grants: https://nofilmschool.com/massive-list-summer-2019-grants Written by the awesome Oakley Moore, who also covered crowdsourcing & crowdfuding tips for us: https://nofilmschool.com/2017/11/three-must-take-steps-launching-your-ne......

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A Massive List of Summer 2019 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About
A Massive List of Summer 2019 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About
Seriously, this summer is the biggest granting season we've seen yet. Whether it's a new climate for granting organizations or a temporary influx of cash, this summer has more grants for more money th…
Jack Binder

Thanks for posting Amanda! :)

Amanda Toney

My pleasure!

Hayward Crawford

Thank you Amanda!

Iraia Nulo
Run a campaign.

Hello! I want to run a crowdfunding campaign to pay the expenses for my new short film (props, locations, traveling expenses...), it won't be a great quantity of money, I thought about 450 pounds. The thing is that I do not really know where to run the campaign, I started on Indiegogo and also read...

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Karen Stark

Most sites charge fees. It is a legitimate way to raise money. If the fees come out of the overall fund then you need to account for that when you set your funding goal. I've not used any so I can't s...

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Iraia Nulo

Karen Stark Thank you, Karen! I will try my best :)

Jessica Hebda Lawson

Most sites charge fees because they do have costs associated with the processing of the money to get it back to you and also the costs of running their sites. Some sites you can actually have the site...

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Ethan Frome
Launching a Fundraiser

-Posting again for a second opinion- I'm looking to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a Web-series. Any advice on where to start? How much work it will take? (don't be general and say "a lot of work" be specific please) What the day to day efforts of pushing the campaign require? Tools I'll need to...

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Harvey Bell

OCONUS; retiring; maybe give away fiction? Production / Philippine/ Thailand/maybe JP

Hayward Crawford

Great advice from everyone, good perspective

Harvey Bell

Best Advice: Microsoft Excel. Get you a copy and buy you a program for the whole project for financial analysis. Pre, All Activities of Production, and post Production. Only you then can

make your own...

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Harvey Bell

GOOD LUCK

Jessica Hebda Lawson

check out Seed and Spark if you haven't already. They are a crowdfunding tool specifically for film. They also have videos you can watch for free with tips about crowdfunding. Even if you do not use them as your platform the tips can be helpful

Butterfly Cherry
Lookbook for investors

Currently putting together a lookbook for the feature I am producing, Heart of the Gun, which is part of the 12 Westerns in 12 Months. It has me wondering what everyone here likes to include/ exclude beyond the norm, and why? What have you found that boosted your lookbook responses? Thanks!!

p.s......

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12 Westerns in 12 Months
12 Westerns in 12 Months
12 Westerns in 12 Months. 2,254 likes · 281 talking about this. Running Wild Films is currently developing 12 Western Feature Films in 12 Months.
Deals with investors.

I'm new to the business side of filmmaking and am currently producing a feature-length ultra-low budget film. I have upcoming meetings with potential investors and wanted to know what are fair, common deals to offer in terms of investment returns and shared profits? Thank you.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Seriously, you need the advice of a producer/LP, based on your actual project, not the opinions expressed on a message board expressed with no knowledge of your proprietary information. This is not fr...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Deals vary greatly, Danny, depending on things like how much of the budget you yourself are providing, your track record, quality of the script, etc. Start by asking yourself "Why should an investor trust me?" Work backwards from there.

Kay Luke

Get some help or get some Vaseline.

Dan MaxXx

Tell Investors a minimum of two-years for ROI... maybe, maybe not.

Harry Dzumhur
Pitch session and financing

What are your experiences with the pitch sessions on Stage 32 and financing your projects? And what are your thoughts about going through the financial route via Slated? https://welcome.slated.com.

Lauran Childs

He he, impressive silence. I didn’t think these arrangements looked attractive either.

Harry Dzumhur

Hi Lauran, Yes the silence was deafening until now. .Can you elaborate more about this? Any positive or negative experiences?

Hayward Crawford

Hey Harry, haven’t done a stage 32 pitching session quite yet but thinking about it to prepare for a crowdfund coming up, what has been your experience with them so far?

Ann-Marie Goldthorp

Hello, Mr. Dzumhur. 1)The problem with Slated is that they want you to have shelled out $5-10k for E and O insurance, before you apply. 2) I am envisaging applying, serially to around a hundred or mor...

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Ketan Majmudar
First crowdfunding and learning

I launched a crowdfunding campaign just under 2 months back, and I realise now how much preparation you need to really hit the ground running. I have, like many others, found the audience building and work quite overwhelming, instead of having that work done in advance. As I'm also writing/directing...

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The Writ - Short Film
The Writ - Short Film
A strange alternative modern Faustian tale of a struggling writer. Success, Dreams, Love & Loss. | Check out 'The Writ - Short Film' on Indiegogo.
Paulo Leite

I did a crowdfunding campaign for my film and it was successful. However... it took A LOT of work to get there. Preparation is key.

Ketan Majmudar

Paulo Leite , I totally agree and well done, it is all-consuming. We ended our campaign at 108%. This now also means we are "infunding" on indiegogo and can continue to receive funds....

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Richard "RB" Botto

I see John T. popped into this thread, so let me take a second to highly recommend his book, Crowdfunding for Filmmakers. It's outstanding. Also, for those looking to build their audience, brand and s...

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Hayward Crawford

Congrats Ketan on the successful campaign and the tough journey, gives me hope as I prepare for my first crowdfund campaign as well. Here’s another resource that I’m about to consume you may want to a...

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Ketan Majmudar

Well, principal photography wrapped last week and it was mad, intense and great. It came with so many stresses, fires to put out and crazy schedules. I think we captured a nice/interesting film. We ma...

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Possible Crowdfunding Campaign

I am not sure if I should find a way to raise money for one of my ideas or what to say about this. I need some opinions about how Crowdfunding works because I have never did it before. I am interested in what someone has to say about this.

Dan MaxXx

just use your credit card

Scott Sawitz

How many friends do you have between Facebook. Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn, et al? Because that's 90 percent of where your funding will come from if you aren't a name of significance.

Amanda Toney

Here's an awesome podcast you can listen to where Richard "RB" Botto talks about crowdsourcing AND crowdfunding - it's a great place to start: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Creatives-Prepare-to-Get-Mot...

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Anthony Salvatore Garrone

Thank you everyone for your comments and support

Anne H Furlong

There are about 4 sites that cater to creative projects. They are fundly, indiegogo, kickstarter, and wemakeit. You can put a campaign on any of them or all of them. Some insist that you only get the...

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Robert Alexander
How does one create solid offerings for a Patreon Site?

I’m brand new to Patreon and I would love to get support around creating offerings for a Patreon page. I create personalized music and private sessions for clients and also provide creative content for budinesses! I’m more than happy to trade for services. Thanks in advance!

Balikoowa Joshua

Hey guys ,I want to start a campaign on Patron to raise production funds for my featured project.It a featured script with a christian living message.I need a PA to help me set up the campaign since I...

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Hayward Crawford

Hey Robert, are you familiar with The Crowdfunding Bible ? DM me privately your email address and I’ll forward you the PDF

John T. Trigonis

Give this piece a read (It's also part of my book CROWDFUNDING FOR FILMMAKERS), ad that should help you come up with some interesting incentives for your Patreon page: https://www.filmmakingstuff.com/...

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Aditya Basu
Are there guys here who are doing international collaborations for projects?

Hi I am a producer/director/filmmaker from India have mainly worked in the non-fiction films arena and also e-publishing for two decades and gradually moving into fiction developing concept for few web-series and talking to people... wondering if international collaborations happening here for proje...

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Alan Nettles

Greetings! My name is Alan Nettles. I'd love to connect with you.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Currently lead producer on a New Zealand / Canada feature film coproduction. Would be interested in working with India.

Aditya Basu

Thanks guys lets connect...Cheers!

Hayward Crawford

Hey Aditya, so could you tell us a little about your current project?

Steve Jay
Looking for parners

I'm looking for partners for several pre-production and post-production projects. Contact me for details and collaboration.

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