Independent Film Financing: How To Get Funding For A Movie Without Any More Added Stress

October 17, 2020

You have an idea and vision for a film you’d like to make, but don’t know how you’ll fund it. We get it. Being passionate about film is a start, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. So what do you do? Independent film financing takes a lot of personal investment, community crowdfunding, and […]

You have an idea and vision for a film you’d like to make, but don’t know how you’ll fund it. We get it. Being passionate about film is a start, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. So what do you do? Independent film financing takes a lot of personal investment, community crowdfunding, and making yourself marketable…

 

It’s time to shift your gear and pivot your dreams towards success, and this is a great place to start! Follow along as we discuss tips and tricks for getting your indie film financially funded. 

Tips For Those Just Starting Out In Independent Film Financing

 

New to the game, and not sure how to get from Point A to B? Here’s everything you need to know about independent film financing (besides where to buy a clapperboard):

 

  • Put your own money into your film. Making a film is a commitment so if others can clearly see that you’re all in, they’ll be more likely to support you. 

 

  • Instead of receiving typical gifts on special occasions, why not ask family and close friends for cash donations towards the production of your film? 

 

  • You may want to consider crowdfunding! Seed&Spark is an excellent option as their platform is more specific to the Indie film community, so you’ll have a better chance of getting yourself noticed. 

 

Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to keep donors engaged! Keep an open line of communication within your community, have interesting incentives that boost support, and be sure to thank your backers on social media. Remember, these people are paying to support your cause. They’re invested in the world you’re trying to create through your film. Show them your appreciation! 

 

How To Get Funding For A Movie With A Larger Budget

 

Once you’ve made a name for yourself in the industry, you may want to consider different avenues of funding. But how do you do this if your crowdfunding and family donations aren’t meeting your expectations? With these tips, you’re one step closer to being a bona fide filmmaker:

 

To start, we recommend finding a financial producer. Someone who produces films like yours and believes in your vision. Regardless of who the producer is, you must have a presentation prepared first. This will likely consist of: an outline of your film idea, a breakdown of your film’s characters, the settings, and your filming crew. And last but not least, a budget! Investors want to know what they’re investing in. 

 

You may also want to consider getting a loan that can cover the gaps within your budget and looking into filmmaker grants. 

 

Pro tip: Ever consider product placement? Why not reach out to a company in your area and see if they’re willing to pay you to feature their products in your film? Every little bit helps! 

 

Final Thoughts

 

These are just a few key tips for independent film financing. No matter how you choose to fund your film, remember, it’s your film idea and vision that will sell, nothing else. 

 

Getting funded for your movie is challenging and time-consuming. But focusing your effort on these tips will go a long way towards steering your film towards its cinematic finish!

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