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.

Afm

I heard the American Film Market in a great place to pitch a script. Does anyone have experience with attending AFM as a writer or a producr looking for content?

Jonathan Wolf

Michael L. Mizrahi Writers who attend AFM - online or in Santa Monica - for the sole purpose of selling a script will be disappointed. If your focus is just transactional, you'll miss most of the bene...

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Cherelynn Baker

I concur with the above statements - AFM, is not for scripts. BUT - this year, with the low ticket price I think it is worth "attending" for the networking, relationship building and general feel for what is selling.

Kiril Maksimoski

Didn't attend AFM but did other film markets, and the concept is pretty much the same. Solely writer has no business there unless attending workshop or masterclass....as Johnathan mentioned, educational purposes.

Lesa Babb

Thanks Johnathan Wolf. So much creativity and hard work has gone into moving the market experience online. If this AFM is anything like Cannes 2020, it will be worth the ticket price and then some.

Karen "Kay" Ross

If any of you are attending AFM, jump in on the thread for Stage32 members who are attending: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/producing/AFM-2020-Attendees-Comment-HERE...

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Henry Richard
Help

Please help everyone.. Kickstarter or Gofundme is not accessible in my country.. How do I go about it? What other platforms are available? Thanks!!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Seed and Spark is a good one.

Lesa Babb

Agreed. Seed and Spark. Best wishes!

Henry Richard

Ok thank y'all

Henry Richard
Screenplay Job

I have a great screenplay i just finished scripting..I sold two put two weeks back..Finding it difficult to get a producer for this one.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Henry Richard! Have you assembled a pitch for the screenplay as well? You can post the logline for you screenplay on your profile so visiting members can follow up with you more easily: https://w...

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Ben Gilani
Scripts - Selling vs. Optioning

Hello, my dear fellow-artists. I would like to know the difference/relevance of optioning a script and selling one. I have of course googled and read lots of articles and contents. But am still confused. I would like to know it with an example. Would someone please explain the entire process to me w...

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Ben Gilani

Also, the option Price/Fee is supposedly 1% to 10% of the Purchase Price. Yes? who would set the purchase price? Is it the same person/producer who options your script ?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Ben Gilani Sell: Here's $100, thanks for the script, go away and don't come back, I really, really mean that. (says the producer). Option: Thanks for the $100 you gave me 6 months ago. You haven't gon...

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Ben Gilani

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, this is the most artistic way of explaining the concept to me. Thank you very much. Beautifully described.

C. D-Broughton

It normally works like this:

No-one's going to give you $1,000,000 for your screenplay if it's not going to get made! So what will happen is, you'll get a percentage (5-10%) of the total sum in advance...

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Ben Gilani

C. D-Broughton, thank you so much for explaining. Stay safe.

Finance Needed

We are looking to rise £1.5m for our British tv comedy series and have looked at usual routes (crowdfunding), however, have had little success. We have also hired an in-house grants specialist to help assist us with applying and obtaining grants. I would greatly appreciate some guidance and or sugge...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Have you received feedback from an executive about your pilot? Since you can choose your executive on Stage 32, I would highly suggest trying out Ewan Dunbar, who is experienced with international pro...

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C. D-Broughton

The BFI used to take a % in exchange for their financial input, so I'm not sure it's really a grant... but that would normally be the best place to start.

Other than that, look into the SEIS & EIS sche...

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Giridharan Ma
Seeking Producers for South Indian Film

I am an aspiring Director and have a good women centric survival thriller script like ‘Vacancy’ movie. Looking for Producers to get this started. I am from Southern part of India. Have done couple of short films in USA. My script can be shot either in India or anywhere in the world. It just need two...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Giridharan Ma! If you're hiring for the position, you'll find a better response with a job posting: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Backlash Receiving Grants?

Stumbled upon this fantastic article about a critically acclaimed film that was mentioned in Presidential debates due to the fact that it received a federal grant and was about black, gay men.

Have you ever received backlash about the content of your film when seeking grants? If so, what was the co...

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Marlon Riggs Shakes the Establishment: How a Personal Film on Black Gay Sexuality Stirred Up National Debate
Marlon Riggs Shakes the Establishment: How a Personal Film on Black Gay Sexuality Stirred Up National Debate
Riggs, whose experimental film about Black sexuality became a talking point in the presidential race, produced a body of work ripe for rediscovery. When Marlon Riggs' best-known work, " Tongues Untied…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Hmmm. #1, I have neither sought nor received grants for any of my projects. #2, If I did, I certainly wouldn't care about backlash - unless I am writing a piece of approved propaganda for some funder. Which I don't - one of the reasons I don't seek grants.

Luqman Mohammed
Sponsors from producers

hello,please how can i get producers to fund,sponsor and help me with my movie project?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Welcome, Luqman Mohammed! A very simple question with a lengthy and complicated answer. Could you start with a little information about your project? Don't forget you can list your film's logline on y...

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Jake Richardson
During these covid times ... what works now?

While i'm on hold for my current feature due to our pal covid 19, I wrote the long gestating script i intend to direct as a followup feature. I think it has a built in audience/ fundraising base via crowd funding of one sort or another.

I know there's something of a development boom going on with e...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey Jake, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Filmmaking / Directing to Financing / Crowdfunding, as it fits much better there. Let me know if you have any questions, and all the best to you!

Jeffrey Walesa
No Boundaries Documentary Pilot

My partners and I created a GoFundMe campaign to raise contributions for expenses to film our pilot but have had difficulty in gaining traction for donations and responses and looking for some advice on turning this into a successful campaign.

A bit about our project:

SUMMARY: No Boundaries is a bran...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Short answer, crowdfunding campaigns require a lot of work, a lot of advertising and a lot of prep. Ideally, or maybe required, is a large list of supporters you can access, which you have cultivated...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

You may also want to consider supplemental funding that will increase buzz (and trustworthiness) - does your film qualify for any grants? Both subject matter and people attached could qualify you. Cou...

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Patti Petrone Miller
Pitch family animation series to Netflix

We have a series created in 2009 based on the spectrum with a full cast of VO on board from Marvel, DC, WB, Disney, Anime VO, actors from CN, Adult Swim and the iconic 70's shows, Happy Days and Outlander. The theme song in place to be preformed by an award winning Motown Jazz singer, an animation s...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Patti Petrone Miller! Love your enthusiasm! Definitely reach out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, who is excellent at matching projects with potential executives: J.Mirch@stage32....

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Patti Petrone Miller

Thank you Karen. No we have the production team in place. We are looking for partner financiers only

Pilot Hayes

May I pitch an idea?

Pilot Hayes

Can we produce this??

Patti Petrone Miller

Pilot Hayes, I produce only my own content.

Tomasz Mieczkowski
Crowdfunding + Social Media

Here's a cool article on Indiegogo about ways to innovate your camapaign with social media: https://go.indiegogo.com/blog/2016/04/social-innovation-crowdfunding.htm... I must admit that I'm most intrigued by the "Hidden Perk" option, which sounds enticing and I'm surprised that other crowdfunding si...

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How rLoop, Kuli Kuli and Kite Brought Crowdfunding to Social Innovation
How rLoop, Kuli Kuli and Kite Brought Crowdfunding to Social Innovation
co-written by Bre DiGiammarino and Alisa Cordesius Social innovation is thriving and as the community develops impactful ideas, crowdfunding can be an essential piece of the journey from concept to ma…
Amanda Toney

Great share Tomasz!

Candina Ann

Wow! I love these success stories, they are truly inspiring. Congrats to all involved in this project.

#HardWorkPaysOff

#DreamsReallyDoComeTrue

#NeverGiveUp

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