Fundraising Game-Changer: SEC Allows Filmmakers to Crowdsource Investors

This month may be a game changer for US-based independent film investing. In the past those looking to raise funds for their films could not advertise to the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) required them to only have individual meetings with potential investors one at a time. This of course was very time Read MoreRead More

Nonprofit Film Financing

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC For guerrilla and digital filmmakers, nonprofit grants often go unnoticed. Many nonprofit organizations are willing to participate in independent film projects. Some invest in film as an art form regardless of content, while others support particular projects because they are interested in promoting the message of Read MoreRead More

Fundraising Your Micro Budget Film

Money does make the world go around – and it oils the gears of filmmaking. Where do you turn to get said cash? Dale Newton and John Gaspard break it down. …When we made Resident Alien and Beyond Bob (for $28,000 and $26,000, respectively), we thought we’d gone about as low as you could go, Read MoreRead More

Indie Filmmaking: 35 Tips From Experts

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood compiled a list of 35 great pieces of advice by experts from “Produced By” Conference. Here are a few examples: …1. Change the title of your indie film to begin with an “A” or a number to get higher placement on iTunes. 10. Financiers basically want a return on their Read MoreRead More

DIY DAYS: Better Than Free

The Internet is a super-distribution machine that allows copies of digital media to flow in an almost frictionless way. As the wealth and survival of traditional media businesses are built on selling precious copies, the free flow of free copies is undermining the established order. If reproductions of media are free, how can we keep Read MoreRead More

How NOT to use the internet to find film investors

Entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark offers some words of caution to all those looking to use the internet to find investors for their film. …In recent weeks, I’ve begun to see more and more independent filmmakers and theatre producers using forums, chat rooms, and other internet-services to seek out investors for their projects. In most cases, Read MoreRead More

588 Free Film Contracts and Forms

Looking to make a film but need a little help with the paperwork? We’ve painstakingly searched the internets and collected 588 free forms and contracts to help get you started. Now before we start, everyone repeat after me: “THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PROPER LEGAL ADVICE” You probably won’t need all of these Read MoreRead More

Creating A Budget For Your Independent Film

By Ben Lyons Independent And Art Filmmaking: Creating A Budget For Your Independent Film How do I determine a budget for my independent film? Independent films can cost one dollar to fifty million dollars. The reason why it’s an independent film is because that’s where the money is coming from. But Is it coming from Read MoreRead More

Tips on coordinating a successful fundraising party

The Independent interviews Morrie Warshawski, whose book The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause may provide some useful advice on using a “houseparty” to fund your next project. …Filmmakers increasingly need to seek funds from as many sources as possible. A fundraising party may seem like a Read MoreRead More

An Investor’s Perspective

DIY DAYS Boston – Todd Dagres has a unique perspective on the funding of film and digital media. As a founder and General Partner of Spark Capital, he’s led Spark’s investments in Veoh Networks, Menara Networks, Verivue, EQAL, Covestor, Tjet, and Intune Networks. Mr. Dagres’ Entertainment and Media endeavors include establishing two film and television Read MoreRead More

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