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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John Harden
Lookbooks and pitch decks

Hi everyone, much talk recently about making your project stand out to the gatekeepers by creating a lookbook or pitch deck. I'm a screenwriter and director, but in my other life I'm also a copywriter and graphic designer with an 18 yr. agency background. Most recently I designed this 24-page lookbo...

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Ian Buchanan

Hey John, I could be interested in a pitch deck- I’ll give you a shout in the morning (it’s late evening here)

John Harden

Hi Ian! Drop a line anytime. I'd be happy to send you some samples of my work.

Nick Hail
Need Funding ASAP for a Micro Budget Zombie Film with 2 Time Academy Award Winning Composer Attached

Hi there,  I have been asked by Unified Filmmaker's to make a short for the FilmFest München with the theme being Covid19. I have written a zombie script and have a full cast, along with a two time Academy Award winning composer attached to the project who has also shown interest in coming on board...

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Christine Hartland
Short film funds

Check this site from Film Daily http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/short-film

Short Film Grants 2021
Short Film Grants 2021
The Jerome Foundation's Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production.
Oliver Orme-Lynch
Funding for 6 part TV series based in UK

Hi all, I have a TV series written, a 6 parter based in the UK and produce-able for well under GBP1 mill. (More like £500-750k). The question is, where do I even start looking for financing or a production company/producer to help me get this made? I have approached broadcasters and have tried a few...

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Regina Lee

I think that shooting a series first, with no distribution at all in any territories, and then pitching to broadcasters afterward is also quite unheard of in Canada and Australia, even the Asian count...

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Regina Lee

I would be happy to be educated in this space if you care to offer some UK examples for us!!

Oliver Orme-Lynch

@Regina no you're probably right it is gonna be about finding a producer/company willing to go in with me on this. Onwards and upwards!

Oliver Orme-Lynch

@Louisa, well I'm gonna hit up the next few raindance boozing and schmoozing events and try and get involved in other peoples projects anyways, mainly cos I need to get my eye in anyways. Been a while! It is all about who you know after all so gotta start somewhere...

Louisa Rowley

OK cool, I occasionally go to those things so maybe I'll see you at one of them.

Dimi Nakov
Two part article of Stephen Follows​ series into how movies make money in Hollywood with movies budgeted between $10m and $100m and $100m plus

Interesting read From StephenFollows.com​ <>> Two part article of Stephen Follows​ series into how movies make money in Hollywood with movies budgeted between $10m and $100m and $100m plus. PART 1 =>> https://stephenfollows.com/how-movies-make-money-hollywood-blockbusters/ PART 2 =>> https://stephen...

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How movies make money: $100m+ Hollywood blockbusters
How movies make money: $100m+ Hollywood blockbusters
This is an article I have wanted to research and write for a long, long time. I finally had a moment to sit down and crunch the numbers - I hope it helps in the understanding of Hollywood economics. I…
Richard "RB" Botto

Agree fully with Amanda's comments above. Stephen is not only a friend, but someone I deeply admire as a teacher. Incredible mind and vision. Great share, Dimi!

Dimi Nakov

More than welcome..I follow his posts and learn a lot from him..Also i like the way he structures his articles so they are informative with the graphs but also not overwhelming with the text so its be...

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Kristina Garant

thanks for the share. very informative

Rodney Wild

Thanx for Providing this Dimi, it was an interesting read.

Dimi Nakov

More than welcome..D

Any crowdfunding experts?

I just put up my film project on kickstarter a week ago. It's for a microbudget dark comedy feature. It's a weird niche film geared towards former Mormons and lovers of midnight type movies. I'm looking for $12,500. It raised about 10% of that, and it has 3 weeks to go. Any tips on struggling campai...

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Brent Bokovoy

Hey Joe, thanks a lot for all those tips! Those are all really good, I'm going to start implementing them right away. I just watched your short film, really cool and congrats on making it! Really well...

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Brent Bokovoy

Well the near impossible happened. Someone completely random to me found my kickstarter and put in 8k last night, the day before it ends. I had pretty much given up on it...but it's going to make it! Thanks for all the tips!!!

Joe Lam

Great job! Yeah some people just want to see your commitment before they support you. Well done.

Richard "RB" Botto

Phenomenal news, Brent! Congratulations!

Tasha Lewis

Congratulations! Contact me and I can share some resources.

Matt Ip Shaw
Business Plan

Hello lovely people! A few friends and i have started to create an animated series and soon after that, a few shorts. We suddenly saw ourselves looking for more people and more equipment to help take on the workload. There seemed to be a natural inclination towards expanding and possibly starting a...

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C. D-Broughton

My apologies, I read it wrong - I thought that you were after info on making a business plan to raise money to make short films... which are notoriously non-profitable.

Matt Ip Shaw

haha I should have clarified. I think I got it somewhat figure out now :) Thanks for all your help and input!

Tasha Lewis

Here are some resources. (Stage 32, Sba.gov and Score.org)

Matt Ip Shaw

Awesome Tasha! Thanks! :)

Tasha Lewis

Your Welcome Matt.

Alexandra Jimenez
Crowdfunding... How do you do it?

Hey everybody, has anyone used Patreon to crowdfund for a feature project? I'm still taking my first steps using it looking for patrons for our first animated feature and I have no idea where to start. Any other ideas for crowdfunding are welcome!

Catarina S. César

Good question! I also want to know! :)

Thedore Johnson

shame here

John Ellis

Our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto has written a book on that exact subject.

Karen "Kay" Ross

John, my good man, you've beaten me to the punch! Here's the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crowdsourcing-Filmmakers-American-Market-Presents......

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Alexandra Jimenez

thanks for the recommendations!

Phillip Michael Urlevich
Maybe you can help

Hi I am gearing up to launch my Seed and Spark page. Does anyone have any helpful hints to make it succesful? Or maybe know where the money is? Seriously any help would be appreciated!

Melissa Butler

If you haven’t sourced your crowd before kicking off your campaign it will be an uphill battle but it can be done it you follow their suggestions and are persistent. Good Luck

Kay Tuxford

I use Canva.com to generate free graphics for the thanks yous and shout outs when people donate. That extra touch really helps my campaigns be visual and less repetitive.

Jeff Ayars

Check out Greeninbox, was super helpful during my seed & spark fundraiser

Lauran Childs

Good luck!

Thedore Johnson

Sorry I don't but hearing from the group is education at best plus a right direction for 2021

Boo's PaperWorld(c)

We finished a 4 minute 3D proof of concept along with the the written stories for the first 5 episodes and signed the writer, screenwriter, (both with major credits), and an the animation studio that has 2 Emmys. We budgeted for introduction of the new rebuild on the characters and a sizzle reel......

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Has the infected investment partner said they are pulling out all together? Maybe this is a just a case of wait for your champion to come back. Trust me, replacing a worker is easier than replacing an ally. If they believe in you and the project, then wait for your champion!

Steven Vandrilla

Thanks for the advise.... we have a meeting Monday with our banker to look at all avenues. I will let you know how it is proceeding. The good news, for the time being is... our Executive Producer beli...

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Kevin North Ruiz
The million dollar question

Hi all, I just joined stage32 today. I have just finished getting distribution for my first feature, and have 15+ shorts to my name. So, my question that you've all heard a million times, where would I go for a 20/30K investor for a comedy I'd love to shoot this summer. I can have the numbers broken...

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Tasha Lewis

Welcome! Stage 32 resources (blog and lounge.

Kevin North Ruiz

Thank you

John Ellis

The distributor should be able to put together some projections - based on those numbers, you should be able to get debt financing of 30-50% of the projections.

Erik A. Jacobson

When you start getting income results on your first feature, use that to project the anticipated return on your comedy feature to investors. Your distributor will most likely send streaming results on a quarterly basis.

Dan MaxXx

credit cards, sell something of value. For my first feature, I sold my car and used savings to get started, build momentum, and build trust from strangers that me and my partners were serious about ma...

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Cee Whirx
In need of assistance

Hey Everybody, Cee here. I'm currently writing a script for an all-new animated feature film-in development, but I have no funding to provide for production. Do any of you have advice on how to put together a budget?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Assuming you are not just selling the script outright and want to have it produced - If you have no prior experience, you will need to have an experienced Line Producer on board to do a proper break d...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

I would agree with Shadow Dragu-Mihai. If you need to start with ballpark budgets, then I would suggest going to IMDb Pro and confirming the cost of any comps - if your feature is like Klaus, for exam...

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Cee Whirx

Thanks for your advice, Karen and Shadow. I'm working with an animation studio in India called Vawworld Studios, so I guess my project's kind of a blend of Klaus and ballpark budgets.

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