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.

Ta Neil Adams
How do I Get Funding?

We're starting on production of a short film. This is our first one and I have no idea how to go about getting investors. I went indie gogo and that was a total failure. I was told to go to my audience. The film is about a mother and daughter meeting for the first time in 20 years. The drama deals w...

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Joe Becker

it's good to grow your audience first. I realize it's a little late now, but it's never too late to grow your audience. there are many ways to do that. having an audience helps tremendously when doing crowdfunding or approaching investors.

Ta Neil Adams

Thanks Steven for your feedback. I'll check that book out.

Ta Neil Adams

Thanks Joe! That's what my partner and I are thinking since we're not known. This short can be used as a promo tool.

William Martell

I funded all of my shorts the same way Kevin Smith funded his first feature.

C. D-Broughton

Bill, mate, I hope that worked out well for you.

P.S. the Proof of Concept, one-day shoot my company just did for our program was fully funded from my own, incredibly shallow, pocket.

Brett Russell
Blockchain, open sourcing the business of entertainment.

We are looking for any number of seasoned and fledgling indie film producers to share the challenges they face getting project financing.

What are the biggest pain-points?

This makes up an important part of our ongoing accuratius project "Blockchain, open sourcing the business of entertainment."

We...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Brett Russell Hi, I have been preoccupied with the Premiere of Sin 13 and the launch of Facet.TV, so that's the reason in delay for my launch. First, block chain technology is used to secure a transac...

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Brett Russell

Hi Shadow Dragu-Mihai getting you a response to this next week. Very pleased to engage you. Have a good weekend.

Brett Russell

Hi Shadow Dragu-Mihai ,

I appreciate you taking time to respond, thanks very much. I respect your view.

This kind of feedback is valuable in that it provides a snapshot of how some established enterta...

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Brent Forrest

Possibly the enormous amount of reading, filing, phone calls and legwork. It kind of goes against my motto of "spend time making films, not trying to get films made"

Rohit Kumar

I'm Indie film maker had a hard time finding producers. And I am engineer as well. Currently I'm trying to setup a chat channel on telegram app where I'm trying to build a connection of Independent fi...

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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

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

Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Thanks, Jessica. I've been holding on to my email notice from you until I had time for it. I have an email list of about 4000 interested in the genre of my proposed TV series. Also, I have a couple th...

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Ethan Frome

John T. Trigonis I just ordered both books. I've watched some of your videos so I know It'll be worth my time. Thanks.

Shawn Speake

RB has a book on the subject!

Dave Thomas
Does it work?

Hey there. I did try crowd funding for a short film and it was a bad experience. I had some PR people assist me, and I do have experience of PR plus producing, but my first attempt to crowd fund was a disaster because I didn't have a large enough network of people to encourage to donate. So does it...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Very true, Dave. Hopefully, you made a decent profit on your documentary. The important thing is to build a track record of responsibility with OPM (other people's money - Ha!) so that investors are eager to be involved in your projects.

John T. Trigonis

Chiming in here as a bit of an expert on the topic of crowdfunding. First, yes, it does work. How much did you set your initial target? I tried Google searching the project on both Indiegogo and Kicks...

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Dave Thomas

Thank you all. I am not interested in Loans at the moment, certainly not for a short as they are not going to make a profit if anything at all. Barry Sobel Thank you for the offer. John T. Trigonis Th...

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Raquel Deloatch

Your short should not exceed $2000. You ready should focus on making it without raising funds. It is difficult to raise much larger funds because people are making features for $ 10K and up. Also read...

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Jane Sanger

Sorry Rachel I disagree, people who give once are likely to give again maybe 6 months to a year later for the same or a different project if it has been successful as that builds a following.

Jane Sanger
Crowdfunding Help for IMDb credit and so much more

Hi Guys, I am a multi award winning Director and Film maker looking for people to help worldwide on my crowdfund. I am based in UK for my exciting tv series, a period drama called The Nightriders. This crowdfund is for development of the teaser, poster and a few other things. We will launch 8 Septem...

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Tasha Lewis

Thank you for the information Jane Sanger. I can assist with my ebook Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs resources.

Jane Sanger

Thank you. How does that work?

Tasha Lewis

My book can make or save you as much as you need. I can also assist as a SME (Subject Matter Expert).

Cornell Hampton

Hi jane. what do you need help with, that I can assist you? cornell

Jane Sanger

Hi Cornell sorry I never saw this. We just need a little more money to complete the longer sizzle/teaser about £5,000. Already got £25,000 and started making the teaser. If you can help I can show you...

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Conrad Weaver
Seeking Executive Producer for PTSD911 Documentary Feature

We're seeking an EP for our documentary feature. If you're interested in making a difference for first responders, please reach out. www.ptsd911movie.com - Conrad

PTSD Impacts First Responders - PTSD911
PTSD Impacts First Responders - PTSD911
First responders battle the demons of PTSD and are afraid of losing their job if they ask for help. PTSD911 is a documentary film telling their stories.
Brian Butler
Foreign Sales Agents

I am ready to finance my own production by pre-selling foreign markets. I have my one-page synopsis, but now I need a list of Foreign Sales Agents. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Erik A. Jacobson

Remember, pre-sales are based on your track record.

Dan MaxXx

American Film Market 2020 is next month. Buy a pass and chat with Sales Agents.

Brian Butler

Great idea, Dan. Do you have to pre-register a time to talk to them?

Cherelynn Baker

Cinando

Tasha Lewis

See Stage 32 Blog.

Henry Richard
Excited

Good day everyone.. I'm so hlexcited about my new project which has made it to the final stage of a competition.. Thanks to y'all.. I'm so excited.. Can't wait to begin this project..,

Karen "Kay" Ross

Congrats on making it to the final stage! Will you be crowdfunding after that?

Henry Richard

Yes ma I will

Tasha Lewis

Congratulations!

Chastity Singletary
New here

Hello everyone I am new to the site. Published 3 books and currently just completed my first script based off my second book "Where Art Thou Strength". I went to my first pitch and everyone loved the synopsis, even had a well-known Line Producer want to work with me. Only issue is finding funding fo...

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Chastity Singletary

thank you so much Kay your awesome. I have 3 pitch meetings coming up soon i have paid for and will keep you posted.

Karen "Kay" Ross

YAY! Have fun, Chastity Singletary! Actually, if you're looking for peer feedback on your pitch, you could also do a free month of the Writer's Room where we host a weekly Pitch Practice Session (Thur...

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Lesa Babb

Practice makes perfect. Def recommend practicing your pitch any time the opportunity presents itself. Best wishes to you Chastity!

Chastity Singletary

Thanks Lesa Babb

Tasha Lewis

Good luck with your pitches.

Henry Richard
Sponsors

Good day everyone.. My movie "Modern Joseph" has emerged the winner of MATV award.. Thanks to y'all.. I need a Crowdfunding with a target of $5000 before 15th ofDecember 2020..Any amount will be appreciated so as to continue with the project.. Thank you all.. 

Henry Richard

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...

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Henry Richard

Thanks to some of you that has been supporting me with donations.. I'm really grateful.. Please keep the donation coming.. God bless you all..

James Scott

I'm already there, I just need the Dollar Bin film and your predictions are fulfilled!

Tasha Lewis

Congratulations! Is crowdfunding your focus?

Tony S.

Access to Kickstarter and Gofundme from Nigeria has been verified.

Caveat emptor.

Conrad Weaver
Seeking documentary investors

We're working on a new doc about first responders suffering from PTSD and looking for investors who can help us get it produced. We've raised seed money through crowdfunding.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Definitely reach out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, who is excellent at matching projects with potential executives: J.Mirch@stage32.com

Conrad Weaver

Thank you Karen! Sorry for the slow reply! Hope you are well.

Karen "Kay" Ross

No worries, Conrad! How goes fundraising? I've also recently learned that there are a TON of grants you can apply for as a non-profit producing documentaries.

Conrad Weaver

Hi Karen, we've raised a little over $13k so we have a long way to go. We've applied for several grants and continue to look for more grant opportunities, as well as interested investors.

We've partne...

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Tasha Lewis

Here is a resource Documentary.org.

Aaron Wroblewski
Posting Kickstarter Campaigns

Are you allowed to post your Kickstarter campaigns on here ? I ask, because I've not seen any posted and mine is pre-launching soon. Thanks!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Aaron. Fundraising campaigns are considered promotion and are placed or moved to “Your Stage.” Please see the description at the top. You can also post all your promotional campaign videos, poster...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

YEP! What Beth Fox Heisinger said LOL! We definitely want you to promote your projects, so post on the Your Stage Lounge and check back often! https://www.stage32.com/lounge/promotion...

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Aaron Wroblewski

Thanks! I've just posted on Your Stage. :)

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