How do I go about raising money for my film?

August 6, 2011 by bmcclure  
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Q: How do I go about raising money for my film?

Talk to EVERYONE you can think of, tell them about what you’re doing and make sure they know that you need the funds to do it.  Make sure you are passionate and integral with what you say you can deliver, but most of all, do your homework.  Meaning, have a business plan put together, make it look professional, know the trends, know where you’re movie is going once it is finished.  Making a movie is a business and you are asking someone to part with their hard-earned cash to make your business a reality.  Respect that!  It always floors me when I talk to filmmakers about the projects they are trying to raise money for and all they talk about is the story and the sets and the artistic part of it.  I’m going to be blunt here, 90% of the people you are going to get money from don’t care about that.  They care about how they are going to have a shot at making their money back.  It’s true that there are investors out there who have so much cash they don’t care if they make it back, but they are few and far between.  If you are a filmmaker and you don’t care one lick about the business side, then find a producer who does care and get them to put a business plan together.  My biggest piece of advice on this is HAVE A PLAN and PUT IT IN WRITING so that everyone knows what your plan is and so that you know what your plan is.


One Comment on "How do I go about raising money for my film?"

  1. jonathan walker on Mon, 21st Nov 2011 7:34 pm 

    I am about to embark on a journey to win the X-Factor. It great that the prize is 5 million dollars but I have just recovered from a massive gun shot wound to the back of my head and lived to make this film…I am calling it “Journey X”…I hope to make this film/documentary on my journey as a former dancer for Prince to living a wayward life and almost dying. This film is more of my need to document m life as a “starving artist” than it is to make money. I believe that I have a great shot at winning but competition is fierce. I can be reached at for advice and or help!

    Johnny Wallker

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