How to Find Film Finance

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How to Find Film Investment

Finding film investors can be a challenging but rewarding process. Here are some steps you can take to find potential investors for your film project.

  1. Create a Strong Proposal
  • Script: Have a polished and compelling screenplay that has been checked by Screenplay assessors at the top of the industry. You need a 7 or more scoring on your screenplay
  • Business Plan: Detail the budget, projected revenue, and marketing strategy.
  • Pitch Deck: Include key details about your film, such as synopsis, target audience, cast, crew, and unique selling points.  Add in the Business Plan.

    This is similar to a Sales Document, and it will give your potential investor an overview of your exciting project.  Add photos and enthusiasm and make it an irresistible offer.

  1. Networking
  • Film Festivals: Attend film festivals to meet potential investors and industry professionals.
  • Industry Events: Participate in industry conferences, workshops, and seminars.
  • Film Markets: Engage with buyers, sales agents, and financiers at film markets like the Cannes Film Market, American Film Market, or the European Film Market.
  1. Online Platforms
  • Crowdfunding: Use platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Seed Spark to raise funds.
  • Social media: Leverage social media to build a following and attract investors.
  • Film Financing Websites: Sites like Stage 32, Slated, and Film Proposals connect filmmakers with potential investors.
  1. Private Investors
  • Angel Investors: Seek out angel investors who are interested in film projects. Websites like Angel List can help you find potential investors.
  • Venture Capital: Although rare, some venture capital firms invest in entertainment projects. Research firms that have a history of investing in film or media.
  • High-Net-Worth Individuals: Approach wealthy individuals who have shown interest in the arts and entertainment.
  1. Production Companies
  • Partner with production companies that have the resources and connections to finance your film. Many production companies are looking for new projects to invest in. You will need to prove that you have proven track record.
  1. Film Grants
  • Apply for film grants from institutions like the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, or regional arts councils in the USA These grants can provide funding and increase your project’s credibility. In Australia apply to Screen Australia or your state film body such as Vic Screen or Screen NSW.
  1. Pitch Competitions
  • Participate in pitch competitions to showcase your project and gain exposure to potential investors.
  1. Legal and Financial Advisors
  • Hire a legal and financial advisor who specializes in film financing. They can help structure your deal, draft contracts, and ensure that all legal and financial aspects are covered.
  1. Contact Film Financiers
  • Research and directly contact companies that specialize in film financing. Be prepared with a strong pitch and detailed financial plan.
  1. Use Industry Connections
  • Leverage any existing connections you have within the film industry to get introductions to potential investors.


Tips for Success:

  • Professional Presentation: Ensure all your materials are professionally presented and free of errors.
  • Passion and Conviction: Show your passion for the project and your conviction that it will succeed.
  • Networking Skills: Cultivate good networking skills to build relationships and make a positive impression.

Finding the right investors takes time and persistence. Focus on building a compelling project and connecting with the right people who share your vision. 

If you have already raised funds or have access to finance, we can help you out with producing and directing and making your films. 

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Colm O'Murchu - Host

Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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