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.

Mark Hardin
Guidance And Mentorship

Greetings artist! I wanted to express again I’m grateful to be here, I’m a screenwriter and I’m currently in the pre-production stages of my original fiction. With everything going on I’ve had ample time to reflect and review my work. And when this thing blows over I want to shoot a sizzler to help...

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Mark Hardin

My apologies, In regards to funding or representation in order to further support the end goal which is in this case filming the pilot.

Cab Bolton

Damian, You are "HERE" as far as the best place to start. You have executives (power brokers and decision makers) on here looking for EVERYTHING you want and what you have to offer. Keep an I eye for the pitch meeting they offer, (funding, sales or representation).

Cab Bolton

I DO NOT get paid or compensated for what I say about this site. I have been through the fire and bumped my head for five (5) years wasting time and energy. I DO NOT know any other sites where executi...

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Mark Hardin

Thank you for your insight Cab!!

Hayward Crawford

Good words from Cab & Damian, yes Mark Hardin I also suggest that you not only identity your target market but reverse engineer it with studying other projects and how they did it. Like is this pilot...

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C. D-Broughton
Why crowdfunding may not work for you

I was asking people to spread the word via their social networks (both IRL and online) in our search for an actress... how many do you think actually helped?

Out of every 10 people you ask, you'll be lucky to get 1 or 2 cut & paste a simple ad' onto their facebook... so how many will donate real mone...

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C. D-Broughton

Nice breakdown of the numbers. To summarise: crowd-funding is a huge risk unless you're massively popular or have cast/crew with huge online followings.

Personally, I'd rather focus on getting money via other means.

Richard "RB" Botto

Damian couldn't be more right. It's crowd and funding. Even more so, it's crowdSOURCING & crowdFUNDING. This confusion and the idea of sourcing a crowd toward not just raising money, but identifying a...

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Hayward Crawford

Great perspective guys, like they say, dig the well before you're thirsty lol

Crowdfunding tips

Has anyone tried crowdfunding to finance a film? If yes, what was your experience and what did you learn from it?

Egypt Reale

I use all avenues for fund raising, the more the better, including making the money yourself - don't get caught up in how every one else does it, that can be very discouraging - think outside the box and hit every angle possible. Make it fun and stay positive.

Gary Howell

I wasn't involved on the creation of the crowdfunding site for my short film, but the producer decided to use GoFundMe rather than one of the sites more geared towards creative types. GoFundMe is more...

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John T. Trigonis

Hey Trevor Prime! I've worked on two of my own campaigns, one for a short film and another for a comic book series, and I've consulted on over 1,000 campaigns (I worked from 2013 - 2018 as Indiegogo's...

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Merlin Iman

Ok, thank you, I will get my story synopsis to you ASAP

Marjolein Smit

Have you read John T. Trigonis and Richard RB. Botto's books on crowdfunding yet?

Vasco Phillip de Sousa
How can you earn 10k (after taxes and living) in three months?

In his Masterclass, Werner Herzog claims that any able bodied person can finance a 10 thousand dollar film in three months, through working. Obviously, this has to be after taxes and any related expenses, to have that 10k to spend on the film.

Now, if anyone has taken him up on that challenge, I'd li...

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Amanda Toney

Hi Vasco Phillip de Sousa, I'll admit I'm biased because I oversee Stage 32's education, but I've found Masterclass's "classes" to be extremely vague. It reminds me of a lot of panels that I see that...

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Petula Miller

I absolutely agree Amanda and I have access to all the Masterclass 'classes' but the stage 32 webinar I took was so much more practical... it's just soaked in specificity. Masters was more like a Barb...

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Amanda Toney

Petula Miller ...you made my day :) :) :)

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Thanks for that both of you. I like the Masterclasses, because it gives me a chance to connect with other learners, to watch / read / listen to and review their work, and discuss the lessons in the fo...

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Noriko Yuasa
Coming Back Sunny:Crowdfundin 1st Phase

Hi

Crowdfunding for the short film "Coming Back Sunny" has been launched now by Kickstarter.

The aim is to "submit for and participate international film festivals all over the world ."

I and my team aimed at overseas expansion from the beginning of the production of this film.

This Crowdfunding fo...

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Short film "Coming Back Sunny" Crowdfunding : First phase
Short film "Coming Back Sunny" Crowdfunding : First phase
A colourful "fate" brings colour-blind Japanese schoolgirl her "first love". Bring a Touching Film to Audiences Around the World! 26 backers pledged ¥195,609 to help bring this project to life. You'l…
Christopher Phillips

Looks beautiful. Congratulations for finishing your film. I hope many more people can get to see it.

Noriko Yuasa

Thank you!

S Zackery
International Sales Agent

This may not be the correct lounge for this question - I'm looking to contract an International Sales Agent. I've got Business Plan, pitch deck, award winning script, etc. After performing a Google search, I was able to find and jumping off points.

Steve Crawshaw
Finance for a film

Are there any big production companies looking for a great script which is set in America? Winner of the Festigious International Film Festival forn December 2019 for best television screenplay and semi finalist in the San Francisco Festival 2020.

Jason Mirch

Hey Steve Crawshaw, I am the Director of Script Services at Stage 32. I wanted to let you know there are actually a TON of ways to connect with producers and production companies through this site.

Ch...

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Charles Baldwin

Steve you have to check often and A List company pitches can go very quickly once posted, like in seconds, stay positive, keep at it.

Steve Crawshaw

Thank you Charles!

Jason Mirch

Depends on what one would define as a "big production company". Big in terms of credits? Big in terms of Box Office revenue? Big in terms of staff? Big in terms of office space?

To give some further b...

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Brian Rubiano
Fundraising for a Documentary in the Midst of Uncertainties

Hello Everyone, My name is Brian Rubiano and I'm currently in the process of producing a feature documentary.  I currently took a major leap of faith and left a fulltime & stable career in healthcare and decided to pursue producing films (documentary as of right now) right at the cusps of the uncert...

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David Fesiuk
Looking to fund our feature, "Enter The Zoot Suit Riot"

Does anyone have suggestions or are interested in our project?

S'alfrico Watson-Grant

Hi David. I am a director of photography in the Chapel Hill area, Generator looking to collaborate. Let me know if I fit into any of your projects.

Leslie Taylor

just asking what genres are you seeking

April Jones

Great movie poster!

David Fesiuk

We are going for a "Hip Hop Musical". You can check out the official site for the project at "therebirthofkool.com" where we showcase the proof of concept film.

Ashley Tyler
Getting Funding for a short film

Hello Everybody,

I wanted some advice about funding short film and hopefully in the future a feature-length and series (Web or TV)

How would one go about getting the funds for their first professional shoot other than crowd-funding and how does one actually have a successful crowdfunding campaign?

An...

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Deborah Hodgson

There are hundreds of funding grants for features and shorts. Identify who your audience is and find a like minded grantmaker and fiscal sponsor or two. I just published a directory of them.

Dan MaxXx

Matthew Cherry beat the haters and doubters. He got a Sony Deal for an animated short movie funded on Kickstarter, won an Oscar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_Love...

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Dan MaxXx

Damian Lloyd continues to misunderstand the difference between Doers and Theorists.

He is the latter. Knows it all from the sidelines

Andre

Interesting how This question comes up constantly. Everyone in this industry is looking for money, not a good sign for the industry. Yet, look at the waste of air space with the poor quality of programming that some are doing quite well with.

Tasha Lewis

Based on a course I took on Binge Worthy Programming, knowing "How each industry works" is critical to determining future success. Education section on Stage 32 provides resources to obtain the fundin...

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Jimmy Olsson
Funders and co producers

Im making a feature based on my multi award winning short called 2nd class. Its about a young black teacher who gets attacked by a neo nazi and when she comes back to her students she discovers one of her students is the son of that nazi. Im looking for financers and/or producers who are interested

Tasha Lewis

Welcome! Visit Stage 32 Resources and Crowdfunding and Finance Lounge.

Jimmy Olsson

thank you =)

Tony Ray
A Question for Andy Dusfrene

I'm not sure if this is the right lounge for this kind of question, but here it goes: I'm making my first short film this year, and I have zero filming equipment for it (which I don't have a problem with). I'll also need to get some things for costume and props, plus a few little extras. All told, I...

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M L.

I do remember buying an HVX-200 camera years ago and getting a tax exempt form as a small business so that I was able to avoid paying taxes on the camera itself. But you need to be an actual business...

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