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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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?

What's your idea of low budget?

I'm a producer in the third area and am developing a ten episode web series. The episodes range from 10-20 minutes. Right now the first 7 episodes are written, totally 85 pages. It's a dramedy, but there's some action and some visual effects. When I tell people my budget they all get overwhelmed at h...

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Stacey Genève Travis

Hello Sandrene, I hope all is well. Low Budget is between $625,000 and $2,500,000 Modified Low Budget is between $200,000 and $625,000 Ultra Low Budget is under $200,000 According to an article from B...

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D Marcus

My idea of a "low budget project" is something under $25,000.

Erik A. Jacobson

Correction: SAG ULB is anything under 250K, with a daily rate of $125. Sandrene: A film, TV, or web series budget is determined by a fairly simple equation or formula. If producers adhere to this formu ...

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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?

Glenn Callahan

I work with a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization that may be willing to help if the projectfits into the mission statement of the foundation. www.faithandfamily.org

Vitaly Kozlov

Hey Glenn I went to that website. It's great that you all doing it for families. God bless. I am presently exploring a filmmaking possibility with a similar organization who is already working on crea...

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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.)

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.

Stavros Georgiadis

OK, so I am a bit confused. If you write the book its already a copyrighted work. To write the screen play based on the book you need to get the rights from the author. Is this what your trying to say...

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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.

30 day crowdfunding

Has anyone done a campaign for only 30 days? I keep hearing that is what you should do, which i kind of understand. If you have done a campaign for only one month, please share your experience, would loved to hear it. I'm about to go through that process.

How To?

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

Richard Barton-Thrift

It is not too far. If driving (went to Brooklyn recently) and depending on traffic it is about 1hr 20mins - 1hr 30mins.

Claudia Marinelli

Crowdfunding for filmmakers by John Trigonis is an excellent book. Just remember to build up your crowd before starting the campaign, think ahead, and start talking about your movie with as many peopl...

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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.

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?