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.

Stephen Ndunaka
Producer + funding needed

Thanks a million for connecting with me. Apart from being a screenwriter, I am a keyboardist and songwriter who specialize in writing peace songs. I have wonderful peace songs that can be hits in Nigeria, United State of America, United Kingdom and all over the world. The lyrics of my song "Children...

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Tasha Lewis

Welcome. Send me a DM and I will give you some sources.

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

Pitch a series to Netflix or Amazon

I have a series idea that would like pitch to Netflix or Amazon( not script yet). May I know if or where I can contact them directly with a treatment? And what else I need? I am new in pitching ideas to get funding, any suggestions would help! Thanks

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Sorry for the bad news Mio. In North America, Netflix really doesn't consider outside work these days. In any event, your only realistic avenue is to get a literary agent who has the required contacts, who will try to pitch on your behalf.

Coxy Chiara Rodoni
Funds for post, marketing and distribution.

Hi everyone,

My name is Coxy, I'm a writer-director and I've recently completed my short film THE iMPERFECT PiCTURE HTTP://theimperfectpicturefilm.com a short Art-House dramedy that invites to embrace imperfection and rediscover authentic human connection.

We managed to complete production in January...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

I've heard Seed&Spark is a better way to go than Kickstarter

Coxy Chiara Rodoni

Erick Freitas Karen "Kay" Ross I've used Seed&Spark to raise funds for production and it's way better for filmmakers that Kickstarter. Crowdfunding remains an option but I was trying to see if there a...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

If you are looking to bring on a finishing production company, definitely reach out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, who is excellent at matching projects with potential executives: J....

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Frank Romano

Coxy Chiara Rodoni Love the website you guys have, when is the trailer going up? What aspects of post-production are you looking for specifically?

Coxy Chiara Rodoni

Frank Romano Hi Frank, glad you like the site. Just finished editing the trailer. It will go up this week. As for post-production we're pretty much done, all we need to do is the DCP package for festi...

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Creating my TV Pilot

Hi everyone - my name is Amber, a recent television graduate, and I am very new to S32 and the creative industry as a whole.

I have a TV Pilot script written and in order to get noticed, I have been advised to create the pilot myself. I have been informed that this will set the project apart from ot...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Hello Amber, it's really refreshing to hear from a young creator who is ambitious and willing to consider doing whatever it takes to push forward. Yes, an actual pilot is a complex and difficult task....

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Leanne Campbell
Financing in Australia

Hi everyone,

I keep reading these posts and nothing seems usable for Australia. I have two feature films ready to go and all we need is funding. Finding people wanting to invest in films is no easy feat in Australia as it is a very small market!

Is there a reason an American investor would consider/b...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

If the package of your film has commercial potential, investors from anywhere are interested in what your doing. But you have to create and sell such a project which is quite a pain in the ass. If you...

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Amanda Toney

https://www.ausfilm.com.au/ is a great resource that works with the US & international markets that you might find useful.

Tennyson Stead

Really, the Australian one producer I know is more interested in finding Australian government and corporate film incentives than she is in finding American investors. My impression is that if you can...

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Leanne Campbell

Amanda, your link is for incentives for people bringing projects to Australia

Sil Via

Hi Leanne, I worked on a couple of Australian productions that were financed by a combination of Screen Australia + UK financiers. The financing model should be the same in that you offer your investo...

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Frank Romano
Where do you find investors? And how do you get those meetings?

In about a month I'll be at a stage in my feature film development where my producer, my co-director and I will finally be ready to secure financing. While I have many years of experience in video production, feature film funding is completely foreign to me. As a first-time filmmaker, where do you start? Who do you contact? How do you secure meetings?

Dan MaxXx

The pandemic has canceled film festivals this year. Maybe Sundance will host their festival in Jan 2021.

Anyways, if you’re serious about chasing money from strangers, first thing is spend your own mo...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Frank Romano In 20+ years in the industry, I have found no angel investor group who I would consider legitimate. Meaning, that there are some "groups" and "companies" and "consultants" who will imply...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Dan MaxXx I am going to partly disagree with you on that, as an entertainment attorney. Having an entertainment attorney available to you is good advice. However, incorporating in advance is something...

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Brett Russell

I hope you are successful in funding your project. In the (not so) near future we will be looking for a candidate to demonstrate the potential of a blockchain based production that will include a toke...

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Frank Romano

Shadow Dragu-Mihai all of that is extremely useful advice. Thank you very much!

Nick Paul
Looking for funding

Looking for a financer or someone that wants to see issues on the big screen. Everyone wants to see a master manipulator play mind games with the hero and see what she accomplishes. In the end, she does win.

Heading to the UK to study film

Dear Colleagues:

Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe at this time. I know it has been tough. I myself am also continuing to work toward my dream of becoming a screenwriter, and I am a classroom-style learner. Please have a look at the following crowdfunding effort and consider making a donat...

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Greg McGee
What are the odds with crowdfunding?

I've tried a number of times to get crowdfunding for projects, and it has never been successful. Currently, I'm using https://www.patreon.com/Greg_McGee_Projects for a novel/screenplay I'm writing. So far I have 1 patron, a very loyal friend from long ago. (at least its not my Mother. I haven't aske...

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Greg McGee -- Writer, Director, Musician is creating Novels, Films and Music | Patreon
Greg McGee -- Writer, Director, Musician is creating Novels, Films and Music | Patreon
I can't decide. I Just can't. I love writing. I love making movies, and I love music. All my life, I've bounced from one of these endeavors to another, and I'm just not going to do it any longer. Nope…
John Ellis

John T. Trigonis Hi, john! Connection request sent so we can hopefully discuss our planned CF campaign. Thanks!

Eugene Mandelcorn

Hi Greg, It's the 3 T's of Crowdfunding: Talent, Technique and Tenacity. If you think you need help in any of those areas...Start by learning from the Pros...Those who have pulled in millions and espe...

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Ralph Sporay

From a professional approach, one of the biggest problems with funding a project is whether the amount asked for is realistic. I often see people asking numbers in increments of one hundred thousand a...

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Jane Sanger

Hi Greg, Not sure how your project went, hope you got your money. But if you want to join me, help on my crowdfund for a period drama you will learn how to successfully crowdfund for yourself in the f...

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Tasha Lewis

Visit Stage 32 Blog, Education, Lounge and Script Services. I also have a list of sources in my ebook Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs.

Brad Rego
Equity Crowdfunding for Film

Hello all,

I'm a filmmaker, and probably like most of you, have spent most of my career looking for money. For my most recent project I had made a few deals where I still needed to raise a 1/3 of my budget ($100k) myself in order for the rest of the money to kick in. I decided to try a new route to...

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Cryptid
Cryptid
What do we mean by "old school "? We mean practical, we mean real, tangible effects, like the horror movies of the 70's and 80's. The terrifying ones before all the CGI fake stuff. Now with the passin…
Chris Webb

Hey Brad, bummer that there wasn't enough interest. Seems like a perfect topic for a webinar given the complexities inherent to equity crowdfunding. Having read through your Cryptid investor page seve...

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Brad Rego

Its funny, I have had several filmmakers reach out to me privately as they are looking at getting into the equity crowdfunding game and they have a lot of questions, because you're right, it is a lot...

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LaSonya Thompson

Any updates as to this effort in 2020?

Brad Rego

Hi LaSonya,

We ended up raising about $250k through equity crowdfunding and its connections. We were supposed to start shooting our movie in April of this year, but got shut down for the pandemic, so w...

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LaSonya Thompson

Okay. Cheering for you and the team.

Sohaila Lindheim
Financing feature film

Hey all. Hope everyone is well :)

Tips to find finance for a feature? ...Kickstarter I know and various funding schemes etc.

But is there like a secret layer where people just finance quality film scripts I don't know about? haha

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

No. There is no secret layer, and no group of people just waiting to fund film and media. I wish there was. It's about networking with the right people, selling yourself and the project, and putting a...

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Brett Russell

Hey Sohaila Lindheim stay tuned here for a completely new direction in funding opportunities using the fast growing interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency. I have provided a high level overview res...

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John Ellis

Sohaila Lindheim are you interested in being a producer? Because that's the person who worries about financing. If you're more interested in writing or even directing, then don't focus on financing. N...

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Gregory Q. Jenkins

The secret is building a strong social media following.

These are the people who will fund you. If you want to control your own destiny, building a financial network will be a skill you have to master...

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Erick Freitas

Financing, take people out, call people, put together business plans. All part of it. Get used to it, learn to love it. It'll improve your career.

Cherelynn Baker
Does anyone ever get tired of constantly chasing money for projects?

Just curious - how the rest of you's are getting projects financed, what your journey is like and if you just quit working towards funded projects and ask others to do their work for free?

Hamish Downie

The business side of show. Honestly, when I had an investor, it was extremely taxing. However, self-financing is essentially chasing money as well

Brian Rhodes

So right Hamish. And can lead to a ton of debt if you’re not careful!

Brian Rhodes

Did you save a patch for the memory?

Charles Baldwin

Interesting discussion. There is a webinar recently advertised on here on how to fund making a documentary, this might be a template for making a feature as well.

Gregory Q. Jenkins

Hi Cherelynn. Do I get tired of chasing money for projects? Hmm. So not only did I decide that I was going to create a television show and raise the financing myself, I also decided that I want to be...

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