Sources for Film Funding

Film is a business like any other business and thus the vast majority of financing solutions available to most businesses are available to media producers as well. That said, the following companies specialize in film funding.

  • FilmFundingLA (Business Finance for Media Companies at Any Stage
    (In the Interest of Full Disclosure – FilmFundingLA frequently sponsors film industry events offered by NancyFultonMeetups. )
  • Catapult Documentary Film Grants
  • Bondit (Gap Financing/Monetizing Minimum Guarantees, Tax Credits, and Rebates)
  • Slated.com (Equity Crowdfunding/Investors for Film)
  • Fractured Atlas (Fiscal Sponsorship)
  • RightsTrade.com (Sell your Film, Web Series, Documentary, TV Shows after they are finished to buyers in over 150 countries & get advances on the amounts people agree to pay you.)
  • In addition to these resources you can use Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdtilt, Hatchfund to do crowd funding.

Reference & Support Materials for Filmmakers Seeking Funding: If you don’t know how to develop, package, produce, or distribute a film or web series profitably, you will find the following resources very useful. They don’t cost much and they can make producing your film vastly easier.

Just a heads up, if you want to work with SAG/AFTRA (professional actors and actresses) you have to sign a SAG/AFTRA contract. Important! If you only plan to distribute your film online via Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo, etc, then you should be doing a New Media Agreement or you’ll pay much higher talent costs and residual costs.  Many people, for no rational reason, do the Ultra Low Budget agreement which translates into much higher budgets and projects that are much harder to fund. If you don’t know the difference between these agreements you can contact SAG/Aftra.  You shouldn’t try to come up with a budget on your own. Alternatively, hire a professional like producer who has produced projects similar to yours and discuss the contracts with him.  It’s always best to interview multiple line producers before making a decision . . .

If you find any of this information confusing, or of doesn’t appear to solve the problems you’re facing, email Nancy Fulton at info@nancyfultonmeetups.com.

If you’re interested in face-to-face training and events that address film funding, go to www.NancyFultonMeetups.com which supports 7000+ media creators, startups, and creative entrepreneurs. If you’re curious about my background visit www.Linkedin.com/in/NancyFulton.

Tip: If you have finished your film and want to distribute it through Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, etc, visit Distribber.com.  If you want a theatrical release for your film, check out Cinedigm.com.

Sources for Loans from Private Lenders

The platforms listed below allows business owners to make contact with private lenders who are willing to make loans to individuals, startups, and small businesses. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions for each site before taking a loan. Many report lack of payment to credit bureaus.

Sources for Invoice and Purchase Order Loans

You can turn big invoices and purchase orders into the cash you need to do fill an order or do a big job using factors. Remember to research anyone you think you might like to work with carefully, and consult with professional financial and legal advisors as required, before making a factoring deal with anyone. Use of anyone on this list of resources is at your own risk.

Sources for Business Credit Cards

Most businesses, once established, get a credit card or two which provides a revolving fund from which they can handle short term expenses. This defacto credit line makes it possible for a startup or small business to fulfill orders without looking for outside investment or a bank loan. You may find secured credit cards allow your business to build a positive credit history that is unsecured by your personal assets. As always, research these companies and consult professional financial and legal advisors as required. Use this list at your own risk.

Advice: CreditCards.com

Secured Credit Cards

Unsecured Credit Cards

Vendor Credit Cards

Credit Repair

Sources for Bank Loans

The following banks offer loans to businesses. Make sure that you fully explore all terms and conditions, and understand all your alternatives, prior to taking a bank loan. Always consult with appropriate professional and legal counselors before taking a loan. Use the resources in this app at your own risk.

NOTE: The SBA has programs that help vets and others get loans approved in as little as 24 hours from banks across the nation. Most banks work with the SBA to grant loans so its the first place a small business should look when seeking bank funds. We don’t list banks by name here because there are thousands nationwide you can work with. Instead we provide you with links to lists of the best and most active lenders.

Sources for Investors

In the United States, recent changes to investment laws have created platforms where investors and businesses can contact one another. Visiting these sites can help you see what options and opportunities they offer.

Note, you can’t just show your business plan to investors and accept checks.  You can find a solid primer to doing a Regulation D Private Placement here. This is how most media producers and startup business owners sell shares to investors.

Sources for Non-Equity Crowdfunding

Non-Equity crowdfunding basically means asking friends, family, and potential customers to give you money for a product or service before it exists. Frequently you “reward” donors with products, services, or other premium to thank them for their support. Crowdfunding sites vary dramatically in the rules they make companies follow. Make sure you understand those rules before you set up a campaign on one or more sites.