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.

Nick Paul
New issues

New script out but I'm doing my best to believe that it will be seen by producers and directors. Who really wants to take on a project that went from an adventure story to a mystery and thriller? That's what it turned into after I changed the villain. In my opinion, the villains were very weak and b...

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Heidi Schussman

Why is Owens playing mind games? What does she hope to accomplish? Revenge? Why are the bad guys trying to kill Rivers? Why in the world is Owens torturing the Mathews for secrets? Are those secrets going to reveal something about the plot to kill Rivers?

Nick Paul

as much as I want to, I can't tell you. I can tell you Rivers has nothing to do with Molly's secret.

Heidi Schussman

I understand, but the way it's worded sounds like everything is unrelated. Try to find some way to connect the two.

Nick Paul

I can't reveal too much. there are many questions and they will be answered.

Heidi Schussman

Okie dokie

Brett Russell
Funding Success Stories

Hello all. Would anyone like to share details of their journey to funding a project? What were the terms of the deal? Why were they interested? Were they informed investors? Horror stories of debt/equity financing? Are any of these stories movie material? Thanks!

Edward Morrisseey
Developement money

I have a couple screenplays that already have been accepted by a producer, What he has offered is a firm deal but not one I really like. I thought if I got some development money and had options i could get a better agreement. Does crowd funding work, are there people that do that for you? What does that cost.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Edward Morrisseey Without knowing more, it's hard to give you any kind of opinion. But if anyone is willing to buy your work, you are already ahead of 75% of screenwriters in a very competitive indust...

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Erik A. Jacobson

You need the advice of an entertainment attorney. But first, check the track record of the producer on IMDBpro and, if possible, talk to the screenwriters of his last couple films.

Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

I agree with Shadow Dragu-Mihai ... crowdfunding is tough and I've only done it for shorts. Congrats on garnering that level of interest in your work! And, yes you should definitely speak with an atto...

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Tasha Lewis

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Godfrey Omorodion
How can I raise funds for our film festival project.

Is there any platform where we can raise funds for our Film festival? we are in our 3rd edition come November 11 - 14 this year it's really been challenging for us getting sponsor for this edition

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Godfrey Omorodion! I would start with RB's book "Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers", which is available as an audiobook for free: https://www.amazon.com/Crowdsourcing-for-Filmmakers-audiobook/dp/B07N6...

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Climbing Mountain

I spent 12 years in the #RAF and Managed to go full time #Mountain #Rescue for 5 years in #Snowdonia . 2 of us looking after a fleet of 6 #land #rovers and a Lorry to be on call in a 5 member team, supporting a team of 32 volunteers. Climbing in #Spain and #Washington state. The hardest Mountain I a...

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Barry Kopulos
Bought a book on crowd funding while in la

While I was in los Angeles I found a great book store BOOK SOUP and bought the book on Crowdfunding. They have great variety of timely topics on film.

Barry Kopulos

Crowdfunding for film makers by john t trigonis find him on Twitter @trigonis

Barry Kopulos

website is at johnttrogonis.com

Barry Kopulos
Contributed to crowd founder projects before

I have contributed on past but only one gave me the reward I was offered when I donated the sum requested. All the others I donated no response or followup when I donated. Not even a thank you for my donation.

Roy M. Martens
Afm 2020

AFM American Film Market in Santa Monica cancelled and moved online!!! --November 9 – 13, 2020 • ONLINE

Karen "Kay" Ross

I saw! Now, the real question - how much will that look like Stage32? LOL! https://deadline.com/2020/07/american-film-market-shifts-online-2020-edi......

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Ramsey Stoneburner
Film investor agreement?

We have someone interested in investing in a film we are producing. I need to write an agreement/contract. Are there any major clauses I need to inlcude or are there any templates or guides out there to follow?

Leonardo Paulillo

Dear friends, A template contract is not a contract and you should be aware about it! A template is a general overview about the agreement and could be used (if you have the skills to understand which...

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David Ingrassano

Erik could you send me the template too. Thanks.

d.ingrassano@yahoo.com

Joseph de Cross

Erik, I'm in as well, could you forward me your template? Thanks in advance! My email WTC2TEAM@yahoo.com

Melissa Tracht

https://www.filmproposals.com/film-investor-financing-templates.html

Erik A. Jacobson

A thread from 5 years ago????

Jacob Siciliano
Need some advice

Anyone have any good tips on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign? I've tried a number of avenues including posting to Facebook, Twitter and the like and have not had any success. Any help would be appreciated.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

All I can say is the only one I was associated with that was successful - and they raised $350k - spent hundreds of hours in social media posting, worked their own large email lists and spent like $40...

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Ethan Frome

Jacob Siciliano You want to "start" the campaign before your official launch. That means build an online base, a presence, a following, an e-mail list, your brand, all before you launch. The word for...

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Becca Carroll Guido

First thing..... order & read/listen to RB’s book on Crowdsourcing before you do anything! I’ve been a part of 2 very successful crowdfunded award winning films & have consulted on many others! RB hit...

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Steven Vandrilla

Becca, I am crowd sourcing Through an organization based in the UK with a presence in 163 countries... I would like to email back and forth through our private emails if you are open to it relative to...

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Okello Wilson
How to get a producer

Hi everyone am new here, and would like to know how to get a producer, I have penned 5 screenplays for family category and spiritual . Africa is thirsting for connection and new projects. Can one help?

Erik A. Jacobson

A producer in Africa? I'd suggest going to a church-connected bookstore and checking producer names/addresses in the video section. Also try googling Christian Film Festivals you might attend. And browse the Hollywood Faith & Film section on Facebook.

JamesJulian Castillo
Tax credits

does anyone have any experience using tax credits to fund independent films?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Yes. You still need investors. And the tax credit situation changes almost literally every day.

Terry Spears

James, there are companies who will advance the funds expected from the tax credits for a fee (around 15% of the amount they loan seems average) but as Shadow pointed out, they will not be "first in"....

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JamesJulian Castillo

Thank you both! Do you know if there are case studies on film tax credits? What about tax write-offs?

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