It’s not difficult to find people, companies, and equity funds that finance films. The information is available and readily accessible.
Here are 3 simple ways you can get started finding those names and entities:
- Read the trades and the film industry blogs, such as Hollywood Reporter, TheWrap, Deadline, and IndieWire. They report financing deals. Every day there is an article or announcement that a project secured financing from XYZ investor or fund. Make a list. Keep track of what’s going on.
- If you’re approaching an actor’s production company they often have connections or if you’re attaching an actor who is represented by one of the big agencies, they each have their own financing department and can help you secure money.
- Meet investors and financiers in person (or virtually) at the major festivals and markets: Sundance, SxSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Telluride, and AFM.
It was Henry Ford who said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” The same applies to finding money for your film - it’s only a challenge if you believe it’s a challenge.
The key is to put together a valuable and irresistible offer, get in front of investors and financiers, and know how to present your opportunity in a way that inspires and motivates them to make a commitment and finance your films.
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