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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Landis Stokes
CF Teambuilding

2022 is here and it’s time to start fresh.

Filmmaking is a team sport that doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

What are your producing goals?

What are your networking goals?

What are you doing to meet those goals and make them sustainable?

I am looking to connect with filmmakers and film lovers as I continue m...

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Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Hi Landis Stokes! I love how you laid out clear goals!! I see that your Amazon film “AMERICAN HIKIKOMORI” has a 4 star rating. Would love to hear how you were able to raise the money to finish your pr...

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Landis Stokes

Karen "Kay" Ross The project is a short film entitled, "Morning Steep". Morning Steep is a story about a mother introducing her young son to the realities of their cultural heritage as African America...

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Landis Stokes

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield Thanks for looking up our film, American Hikikomori! If you watched it on Amazon Prime, please leave a review!! It helps A LOT.

Three quarters of the film was self-financed a...

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Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Landis Stokes I love what you just said, “Budget your project from development to distribution” , “Vet everyone” etc!!! May I have your permission to re-post this in the Financing/Crowdfunding Lounge...

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Landis Stokes

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield Go for it! I hope it helps.

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Kelly Nelson
The Floating Church

(True Story) A boy runs away from home at age 16 to join a Scottish regiment fighting in India. He wanted adventure but never dreamed it would be like this: India. China. Honolulu. Sandwich Islands. Cape Horne. Cape of Good Hope. Rio de Janiero. San Francisco. New York City. We own the boy's diaries...

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Gary Scarano

Your URL does not work???

Erik A. Jacobson

What's your track record with OPM (other people's money)? Don't expect investors to trust you if you haven't earned that trust.

Gary Scarano

I've successfully raised over $300m

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Jeanette B. Milio
Enjoy being a part of Stage32 Educator family

Teaching the Stage32/Netflix seminar "How to Write To Budget" on Monday. Feel free to join us.

Maurice Vaughan

I signed up, Jeanette B. Milio!

Jeanette B. Milio

Great - See you Monday morning Maurice :)

Louie la Vella

Awesome!!

Jeanette B. Milio

Hope to see you too Louie

Maurice Vaughan

See you then, Jeanette B. Milio.

Samuel W. Reed
Anyone have experience with Section 181

For those of you who don't know, Section 181 is a more recent tax code that was recently extended through 2025 that allows investors to deduct the entire cost of a film in the year it was produced, instead of deducting those expenses once the film is finished, specifically in the year the film is re...

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Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Great information Samuel W. Reed! Thanks for sharing and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of feedback.

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield
New! Online Investor Sourcing Site

Hi Filmmakers and Fund-raisers!

I just became aware of a website that enables you to be very specific in your quest for legitimate Investors.

It is not endorsed by Stage 32 so please take this link as “information only”! If anyone has used it, please COMMENT BELOW!

www.lusha.com...

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Lusha | B2B Database, Company Contacts & Business Leads
Lusha | B2B Database, Company Contacts & Business Leads
Lusha provides high quality, unique premium data where you need it most: On social networks & the web, in Salesforce or directly to your product.
Angel Williams

Thanks, Colette "ByFilms" Byfield for sharing this information. I will definitely be checking this out.

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Hi Angel Williams, glad to see you posting in the different lounges! You may also want to network with the Rockies Venture Club located in Denver. You will meet some dedicated VC investors!...

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Angel Williams

Thanks, Colette "ByFilms" Byfield, I will check that out. Most of my projects are being filmed outside of Colorado. I have one thought that I would love to film in Colorado....

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John Ellis

Not designed to find investors!

This is for finding prospective customers, cold-call sales leads. Looks like they just troll the web to find people's email and phone, then sell it to their users.

You ca...

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Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

The site does clearly state that it’s B2B however sales persons are connected to all kinds of companies and other leads. Finding investors is not a “one-off” where someone can do a one-click search an...

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Hayden Shinger
Looking for Funding

Hi,  I'm part of an all female and diverse actor/director/writer team that has written an original thriller about a sadistic woman who manipulates those around her into doing morally unconscionable things and her daughter's struggle to break free from her mother's evil influence. The project is a su...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Hayden Shinger! Normally posts asking for funding are rerouted to the Your Stage Lounge (for links and promotions), but I feel like the responses are going to be a great learning opportunity for...

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Jack Binder

Best of luck with your funding and shoot!

Hayden Shinger

Karen "Kay" Ross Thanks so much Karen, appreciate it!

Harrison Glaser
TV Financing Webinar Coming Up! Who's Interested?

Hey everyone! Jeanette Milio, who has been financing and producing TV for over 25 years (including developing THE DOG WHISPERER and many others) is going to lead a really incredible webinar on how you can finance your own independent television series. There are more opportunities than you might exp...

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Harrison Glaser

Yes! She's going to go way into "free money" and also go deep into distribution deals, contracts, etc.

Mr. & Mrs. Doe

Checking this one out!

Anita Clay

This was great! I learned so much in a short amount of time!

Ahmed Hassouna

It was great. She gets into the nuts and bolts of financing. Highly recommended.

Jeanette B. Milio

Yes - we covered all the various finance sources available today, from incentives to loans and investments :)

Darwin Tademy
Finance & Distribution

Hey Guys, my name is Darwin and I’m currently one of the EP’s for Goonies 2 and the Blight Series. I broker funding and distribution deals for $3K - $10K depending on the amount of work. I also require backend participation points. Reach out if you need my assistance. https://www.zuri-hollywood.com/...

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Film Financing & Distribution | ZURI Hollywood
Film Financing & Distribution | ZURI Hollywood
Need Funding & Distribution? FILM DISTRIBUTION & FUNDING BROKER King Tademy - Executive Producer TAKE YOUR PROJECTS TOFunding & Distribution THE NEXT LEVEL For Your Film Project Funding from $1 Millio…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

If you can deliver, you may be interested in joining the IIPG - independentproducersguild.org

Louie la Vella

Let's connect, I have a few projects that are about to hit the financing road. Have a few strong exec prod contacts but always looking to expand that reach!

Looking for a script

Hello Everybody! I am back in action after a long adventure with health issues! I am looking for a script for my next project! Nice to be back!

Kiril Maksimoski

Post at job adds....what? where? how? ...and of course, how much?

Kerson Raymond

What genre are you looking for? I have a few….

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

@Kiril, good idea. Here is the link to add the Job. https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add

Maurice Vaughan

Welcome back, Dimitris Andjus.

Jon Shallit

No email or contact provided although requested...this happens a lot on here...

Producer

Has anyone ever contacted a company for product placement?  How did you go about it? What techniques did you use in your negotiation pitch?

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Hi Sorina Sambula! I found a pretty good article on product placement. You should also try reaching out to some of the people mentioned in the article. A lot of people are happy to share information w...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

I have done a lot of product placement. It depends on what you are looking for. Money is almost never going to be a possibility in indie production, but there are a lot of potential contributions whic...

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Jack Binder

There are many firms that represent brands looking to provide their products in film and tv productions. Contact these product placement brand agent companies and they will read your script and sugges...

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Louie la Vella

Hey Sorina! What type of content are you producing? Is it scripted or non-scripted? Sometimes that helps in where to look for sponsorship/product integration.

Dawn Church
CONTRACTS?!?!? Anyone have a simple agreement to share?

Hi Peers, Simple contracts??

I didn't want to invent the wheel here. Certainly someone has a simple contract they use in film development stages as you all raise funding?

I'm a producer and have several official long agreements for features, however, often I come across a small project and think I ca...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Dawn Church Securing funding is one of those areas where templates are not necessarily helpful. Specifically because in most states, including California, agreements for finders fees - common in film...

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Dane Johnson

You’re right to always get it in writing! You’re also correct that most of the contracts you find on the web are archaic. Contract drafting is not easy, which is why legalese and outdated phrases are...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Dane Johnson! It's like you knew someone recommended you and BING you just jumped on the thread LOL! Also, fantastic information. Thank you all so much for helping out! Love when this community c...

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Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

Thanks @DaneJohnson! I had never heard of a deal memo which goes to show the benefits of having legal representation vet EVERYTHING!

Jack Binder

Beware templates. Always consult an attorney. Freebie could end up costing you everything. imho.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Investigating BBC's Funding Model

I'll post my thoughts below, but after reading the article, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

https://deadline.com/2022/01/uk-gover...

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UK Government Freezes BBC Licence Fee For Two Years And Confirms Major Review Of Corporation's Funding Model
UK Government Freezes BBC Licence Fee For Two Years And Confirms Major Review Of Corporation's Funding Model
The BBC licence fee will be frozen for the next two years by the UK government before returning to an inflationary rise, which will likely cripple the corporation's programming budgets. Culture Secret…
Karen "Kay" Ross

I hear it's a bit of mess right now...

Colette "ByFilms" Byfield

This decision appears to stem from some pre-existing situation. I’d be interested to know what prompted it. After reading the comments at the article’s end, it seems the public does not accept this “freeze” as a legitimate or necessary action.

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