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.

Chus Alonso
How to connect with a producer

Hi everyone! I´m Chus Alonso, from Spain, but currently new in Chicago area. I´m a director, DP, photographer, editor and producer.  I have a new project, my first feature film as a director, a drama based on a true story. We have a presentation desk (logline, synopsis, characters, talents, location...

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How a Filmmaker Crowd-Funded His Way to an Oscar

Hello Fund-Seekers,

I had posted this a while back in the Animation section, and Karen E. Ross suggested that I post it here - it's pretty inspiring for those who are seeking to raise funds for their works via Crowd Funding.

Hair Love is the animated short film that won the 2020 Oscar.  It was made as...

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Hair Love | Animated Short Film
Hair Love | Animated Short Film
Hair Love is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughters hair for the first time. 4,981 backers pledged $284,058 to help bring this project to life. You'll need…
Claude Gagne

I guess it would be hard to crowdfund for a feature animated script? I watched a YouTube video on how much time, people, and money it would take to make an animated 3D feature and it was considerable....

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S.B. Goncarova

This is such a beautiful project!

Corey Idleburg

With crowdfunding, you have to use family, friends and an already established audience to reach your funding goals. After reading about Hair Love, you realize the creator was already in a position to...

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Claude Gagne

Good for you!

Hope Allen

Yes...excellent piece of work and well-deserved Oscar.

Brian Rhodes
Cryptocurrency, Film and the Blockchain!

Film Funding on the Blockchain – What Awaits Us?

There are remarkable events that shape our lives. Some are uplifting, some devastating. Some are anticipated, some aren’t. Some happen in the blink of an eye, yet others drag on interminably. Some affect just our personal lives and yet there are othe...

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What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners
What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners
The blockchain is an undeniably ingenious invention - the brainchild of a person or group of people known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. But since then, it has evolved into something greater, and…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I appreciate your excitement, but... no. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, so far as film & media goes, is a solution in search of a problem. Since the beginning of bitcoin, people have soug...

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William R Ward
Best Vetting Practices for Potential Producers/ Investors

Hi,

I am an assistant producer for an up coming series (Thorn Trees) and was wondering if anyone here knew some tips about vetting potential producers and investors? There have been some that have reached out to the crew but we have concerns. Is there anything specific we should look out for such as...

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Dan MaxXx

All legit Companies are registered with States. Check the state franchise tax board.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

William R Ward If you want to vet someone, there is research to be done and there's no way around it. What Dan Maxxx said is, with respect, entirely untrue. All "comanies in good standing" are registe...

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John Ellis

Investors are easy. Send them your investment contract - if they sign it and write a check that doesn't bounce, they're legit.

For producers, define (before talking to them) specifically what you want...

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Ethan Frome
Campaign Marketing

How does Publicity/Marketing come into play with a fundraiser? It's often said to "market your campaign" to maximize reach. But how do you approach marketing a fundraiser? For context it's for a webseries. Target goal is $30K.

Tasha Lewis

Stage 32, Grantspace.org, and I use my ebook/book Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs everyday.

Deborah Hodgson

What is your project about, who are the topic or genre fans? Identify their discussion groups and organizations and get friendly.

Ethan Frome

Thank you all!

Tasha Lewis

Your welcome! Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

Crowdfunding during Covid-19

There was a really cool interview that Indie Film Hustle put up today on youtube with Richard Botto about the future of filmmaking in the age of Covid-19.

They talked about the private screenings of films they are showing to executives to help out filmmakers.

I'm wondering if they have ever thought ab...

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Ian Elms

Hey Brent! I think you can adapt numbers and rewards. Even though it's a difficult time, people still look for entertainment and want to contribute you have the right project for them. Are you pitchin...

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Brent Bokovoy

Hey Ian, yeah, that's very true..especially things that make people laugh at this time. Yeah, that part of the episode, where executives have a lot of time now, intrigued me as well. I thought about s...

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John Ellis

Good luck, Brent Bokovoy!

Brent Bokovoy

Thanks a lot , John!!

Ian Elms

As always, it's better to do a few things at the same time when it comes to get a project going. Good luck with pitching and your campaign. Keep the community updated!

Nathan Buck
Before El Finâ - Our (successful) 2019 Feature Film Kickstarter campaign

For what it's worth, we managed to raise 55K on Kickstarter last year and it helped us a lot with convincing private investors to come in with additional finance and we got our feature made last August in Spain. A few of the best things, in my view, about doing a campaign are that it compels you to...

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Before El Finâ - A Feature Length Drama Shooting in August
Before El Finâ - A Feature Length Drama Shooting in August
Airlift Pictures is raising funds for Before El Finâ - A Feature Length Drama Shooting in August on Kickstarter! Designed for a low budget, this feature film will leverage its stunning premise to del…
Thom Reese
Budgeting

I'm still in a learning curve, so forgive me for asking basic questions.I'm wondering how I can determine what budget I'll need based on the screenplay. I know there are a lot of variables, but any nudges in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!!

Samuel W. Reed

There's a lot of truth in this, but it's not exact. A mumble core film for $200k? Please. & Lifetime and Hallmark movies, when produced independently and sold to those channels, should be made for $25...

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Hayward Crawford

Just a hire a Line Producer and let them handle all that!

Brendan Nagle

Bring on a Co-Producer who is line-savvy but can still connect with you on the storytelling level to ensure the themes and story you are trying to share truly come through - logistically, not creative...

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Samuel W. Reed

I don't know Damian Lloyd's experience, and he doesn't know mine, but I have personally written films for Larry Levinson productions who produces a ton of these films, as well as other companies in th...

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Thom Reese

Thanks to all of you for the great feedback. Much appreciated!

Steve James
Which comes first?

I have audience ideas that would make my first movie script a better 'sell' from an unknown, but when I'm ready to move the project off my desk and toward Production, what comes first: Having a Producer already attached, or financing?

It would seem to me that both avenues have merits, but in my position, what would everyone suggest?

TIA

Christopher Phillips

Are you planning to sell your work or make your own films?

Dan MaxXx

Money equals Power.

Have $$$$ so you can be the Exec Producer and hire/fire Producers. They work for you. But then you got to partner with a distributor to make back your $$$, pray for profit.

Steve James

OK, so it's desirable to get the funding, become the Exec. on your project, then move forward. Many thanks, everyone.

Rohit Kumar
What's your tips for looking for Financing and CrowdFunding?

I'm working on my website Geekyurchin to build the crowdfunding page to create my first. Really all your community help to guide me what could be the best approach so that I can raise sufficient funds to make my first short film. Kindly help with suggestions, recommendations and any tips, connections too.

Beth Fox Heisinger

You're welcome, Rohit. Did you see the most recent blog posts on fundraising and financing? Here's part one: https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-To-Find-Money-for-Movies-Fundraising. Perhaps give the two...

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Rohit Kumar

Thank you Beth Fox Heisinger I'm actually reading so many blogs there from many people and it's o helpful. Thank you for the link too, it's great and looking for second part

Hayward Crawford

Rohit Kumar , have you explored financing/fundraising through the private sector yet?

Hayward Crawford

Great point Damian Lloyd remind me of that classic quote, people are only tuned into Radio Station W.I.I.F.M. (WHATS IN IT FOR ME lol)

Rohit Kumar

Hayward Crawford I'm constantly reaching out to different private studios too with proposals. Thanks for tip though.

Damian Lloyd Film producing is totally different from "Charity" and every film maker...

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David Goettfert
Financing Short Movie

I may ask the question: How do you gather money for your short movies? I have posted a logline in my profile of a short movie I want to produce. How are your experiences? Feel free to comment or contact me. Thanks!

Dan MaxXx

be rich yourself, have good credit, know folks with deep pockets. Seriously, how much $$ are you asking for? In film school, we were making short movies for less than $500, using free school equipment & shooting on weekends.

Bill Albert

Have you tried small Gofundme campaigns? Something not to big or complicated for a start to build up a library of your work.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

No money? Lot of that going around. If you can get the equipment for free - (as Dan said) film school, friends have a few cameras, lights, external mic, computer for editing then you are golden. Not h...

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