Films need a lot of cash for the long haul. Even if you know how to sell your film to a small festival or select people, the next step is finding financiers. There are a number of ways to get a film financed. The most popular one is to pitch to a major studio to produce and show the film if they’re interested, or to the people that are going to be the distributors.
The other way is to find a small independent distributor. Most people start off looking for companies with connections but if the right distributor is interested or if they’ve got something to sell you then you might be the right choice.
To find the appropriate distributor you’ll have to make sure they feel comfortable showing the film and that your story matches theirs. It’s not a problem finding the distributor that shows an indie film like The Artist – if you’re just looking for a good story then it should be easy.
When doing business with a bank you need to make sure the bank trusts you with the finances of the film. If they don’t feel comfortable in lending them their money they will usually only go out to a friend to lend them the money on a daily basis but it is possible to get your film into these companies, or an associate at one of them without relying on their judgement.
There are a number of companies in the UK that will lend you money on a daily basis, or an associate at one of them who will loan you money on a daily basis.
In the US, Indiegogo and Kickstarter are the two main way of fundraising. Indiegogo is a crowd funding site that allows you to crowd fund films if you believe the audience of the film wants to see it.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that allows you to crowd finance films. While Indiegogo allows you to raise money through donations it doesn’t allow you to use this money for distribution so the film must either be made by your own people and paid for in full by your own people or you can use the money to purchase the film in its entirety.
In some countries the funding process is more complicated which is why there is no way to crowd fund films locally so just try to get some film friends and ask for donations from them.
Getting a financial support from a company or individual that you already know and trust, so you don’t need to do any work for them, is a way of getting more financial backing. The process of pitching the film to the right investor