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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Leopoldo Bolaños Cacho
Looking for a crowdfunding expert

We are looking for a fundraiser expert with proven record to manage a campaign to get our film funded by sci fans. We can either offer him /her an upfront fee and a percentage of the final funds obtained, or no upfront but a larger percentage when the campaign is over. Our project is a kick ass high...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Leopoldo. This would be better placed on the "Jobs" board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. The...

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Tasha Lewis

RB has a book on it. See Stage 32 lounge and Candid.org along with online libraries.

Jane Sanger

Did you launch your crowdfund? Though I couldn’t be called an expert I have a proven track record and could help info@luminofilms.co.uk. Let’s talk.

Tasha Lewis

Leopoldo Bolaños Cacho if you have obtained enough support great; however, if you are still looking for assistance in the new year, contact me.

Tru Entertainment
Sponsorship, marketing and branding.

we have the idea to fund our project with sponsors, marketing and branding partners....

how come this would not work?

Tru Entertainment

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Terry Spears

Tru - what you might want to address is the difference between "product placement" and "product integration". Using Shadow Dragu-Mihai's example from above - Product placement is showing Brad Pitt on...

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Courtney Barrett Bryan

Answering the question. It does work. We all have seen so many films with sponsors, and branding. The answer is all about your distribution and marketing plans. Who and how will your film reach the ma...

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Tru Entertainment

thanks Courtney we have plans on utilizing all marketing avenues focusing locally first and then branch out to new territories....appreciate your input...

tru

Julie Austin

Years ago I put together a TV pilot with local sponsorship only in NYC. I did raise quite a bit from angel investors, but the rest was local, small business sponsors. A good friend of mine started the...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
FINANCIERS: Are You Attending AFM 2020?

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Tom Luca

Kay? Does Stage 32 have a list of who's who of financiers? So we can know who we are dealing with. We have a strict policy at DreamFactory Studios that keeps the properties we have in Development very...

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Johan Bodell
Finding salesperson?

Hey! 

I’m part of developing a feature film and, we’re are looking into different financing options right now. One way to finance the film would be to sell product placement spots. Influencers will play a big part in the film and we’re gonna use them as actors and spokespersons to get a wide reach ev...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Norm Marshall & Associates does this for the studios. However, they have no interest in small players. You might try getting local companies interested if there's a direct relationship with your film, but you'd need some big names already attached to your project.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

In many years of experience, I find that product placement in indie productions almost never comes in money, and ALWAYS is a hard-sell, immediate opportunity, In other words, you are shooting this wee...

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Doug Nelson

I've included product placement in the production of some shorts. It's never been for money. I recall using a craft brewing company's beer as a prop - for which they donated a couple of cases of beer...

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Leanne Campbell
Silent auction idea?

Hi everyone, I am an independent film maker from Australia and it's been really difficult to raise the funding for any film making this year as we in Melbourne have been in lock down since March! I was trying to think of some creative ways to break through to other people and raise the money and cam...

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Booty Boys
Booty Boys
An independent film making production company in Melbourne, Australia. Our passion is to promote artists and stories that are unique and offer audiences with something different to watch. We support i…
Karen "Kay" Ross

The more you can do in service of the project, the better - storyboards, concept art, hero props, production stills from location scouting, etc. This way you build confidence in your audience that you...

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Dan MaxXx

piecemeal the entire production, from paper idea to master tape. do a little at a time, save $, raise $, borrow $, whatever. You don’t need the entire budget $ at once. Took us three years to finish a...

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John Ellis

Listen to Dan - he's smart. Also, figure out a solid, detailed, actionable distribution plan that shows how you'll make money. Do this as soon as the script is done - before casting, locations, anything.

James Scott

Hi Leanne, I'm in Florida. I got a gallery on the beach to screen a bunch of short films (We called it "Shorts on the Beach"). Sold 90 tickets for $10 each, had two showing. I had 8 local filmmakers s...

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Tasha Lewis

Here are some resources. Documentary.org, Filmdaily.tv, Hollywomen.org, Itvs.org and Stage 32 resources.

Rosanna

BASED IN LA. I have written my first short film and I would like to pitch for funding. Any advice on how to start? Where to look?

Jonathan Roberts
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

Tennyson Stead

Jonathan Roberts, my blog on Stage 32 this month covers your question pretty thoroughly, if it helps: https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-To-Find-Money-for-Movies-Financing...

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Jae Sinclair

Great Article Stead!

Tennyson Stead

Thank you, Jae Sinclair!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Jonathan, to add to the above: if you are shopping to a major studio, they are only looking at the established marketability of who you already have locked in by contract. That's their world and they...

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Hayward Crawford

I agree with Lowrie Fawley & Erik A. Jacobson you have to be willing to put some skin in the game first but also Jonathan Roberts have you explored financing through the private sector yet?...

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Tennyson Stead
Shahar Namer/The ICO Rocket

Dear Stage 32 Members,

Over the last two weeks, I've had a couple of Skype meetings with a fellow by the name of Shahar Namer, who I met here on the site and who is looking to sell me the service of launching my company and my film projects as a cryptocurrency. What appeals to me about this idea is t...

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Tennyson Stead

Thank you for the information, Shadow Dragu-Mihai.

David Antoniuk

Great thread Tennyson, thank you for starting it.

George Walker

yes thanks tennyson. i hate people from outside the industry trying to get in and change the way we do things. i managed to find shahar's contact details and I suggest we all call him to tell him what...

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Tennyson Stead

David Antoniuk, you're very welcome. George Walker, unprofessionalism never solves problems - and there's always the possibility that it might create more....

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Tennyson Stead

Hey, gang. After reading this thread, a contact of Shahar’s found me on Facebook and shared some history. If anyone needs details, I can offer them in private... but I’m advising everyone to stay away. For sure.

Anthony R. Risen
Action / horror film project !

Hey i am looking for producers / investors that might be interested in teaming up on an Action / Horror Feature I have called ANIMUS BLOOD -- Monsters and Martial arts not done in a corny way , Practical FX -- Message me for more details!

Thank you.

Tasha Lewis

Welcome! See Stage 32 FAQ , Blog, lounge and Education Services.

Henry Richard
Sponsors

After I discussed with my financial institution, I was simply advised to provide my account details to my would-be sponsors along with the swift code which currently is the easiest..Still sad that the gofund and kickstarter didn't work.. Thanks..

Account Number:0222167724

Account Name:Afekhiku Henry

Ba...

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James Scott

It a running joke here in the US. I don't know you or anything about you. But what I do know is for 2 decades we've been bombarded with the "Nigerian Prince" email scam (and the many version thereof)....

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Henry Richard

Thank you everyone..Tony If there's anyway you can help me access Crowdfunding sites, I'll be grateful.. Thanks..

Tony S.

Sure. Type: "www.gofundme.com" and "www.kickstarter.com" into a browser. There is no block of these sites from Nigeria. I got to both with a Nigerian 45.137 IP address.

See if you can reach: https://ww...

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Henry Richard

Ok.. Thanks and God bless you so much Tony

Tony S.

God bless back at ya.

Actress interested

I wrote a Hallmark-type Christmas script and was able to get the interest of a Hallmark actress. I'm wondering how I should go about getting this in front of producers or get some financing together before trying to pitch it. Any thoughts would be super helpful and mucho appreciated.

Pablo Perel

Hi Steven! From what I understand, the only legal sources of funding before pitching the project are: a. submit it to contests, b. submit it to a grant, c. ask for a loan, d. find a private investor c...

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Shane Walker

Or send to a Producer who has made films for a Hallmark

John Ellis

What Shane Walker says. Too, Steven Hartman I may have a connection to the Hallmark/Lifetime world - DM me....

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Steven Hartman

Shane Walker - sent it out to a few and got a couple reads.

John Ellis - network request sent to DM

Pablo Perel - Thanks. I've heard about most of those - looks like I'll have to dive a little deeper in...

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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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M L.

What you are referring to as a 'lookbook' is more commonly called a pitch deck. If you google movie pitch decks, you'll get an idea of what they look like and case studies of what has worked.

I've seen...

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Angela Rivet

Yep, it's a Deck

Shane Walker

The cooler the better. Sizzle helps & talent attached helps too

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