...find and work with Investors
The more you learn about the film investors, film financing, and how investors think, the more likely you are to find and work with them and their investments.
Preparation is key, and you should always be prepared with your offer to investors. You never know who you will meet. DO NOT talk about what YOU want, be ready to tell an investor what THEY WILL GET!
Where are Film Investors?
Film Investors do not post their emails online waiting for Independent Filmmakers to contact them. If they did, they would get hundreds of unsolicited emails per day.
Independent Film Investors are also not scouring message boards, or on sites like Facebook or MySpace. They want to see your passion, know that you have "skin in the game" (you've contributed your own money or put serious thought to the finances) and you understand the entire production and distribution process.
"I have the most amazing idea for movie. If I could just get [insert producer's] ear for 5 minutes, I know it would be a huge success!"
I've seen this scenario many times and it never works that way unless you are prepared to discuss the value of your film.
To which of these people would
YOU give your money?
"I'm seeking an investor for an Indie Comedy. It's very funny and we plan to start shooting in January. We have an LOI from a distributor, a budget fully broken down, a 42-day shooting schedule planned to the tee, an original song already produced and mixed, and demo footage with the actors shot and edited. All we need is $800,000."
"We are seeking investors for an Independent Comedy Film. We believe we can offer a 25% Return on Investment, on an $800,000 investment, with positive cash flow starting as soon as 6 months from the release date. The Film business is risky, but please review our Income and Cash Flow Projections and our Film Proposal explaining how we arrived at our projected 25% ROI in 18 months, based on historical comparisons. Also included is our 42-day shooting schedule, music rights, distributor LOI and attached talent."
Silicon Valley group whose members back film productions – mostly small, independent projects. Many of the angels in the group invest in the “low six figures” per film.
Go Big Network
Connect with Angel Investors looking to invest in the entertainment film business
Hollywood Film Investors
A network of over 3,800 film and entertainment investors and groups. HFI is not looking for art films that are likely to appeal to only a small niche, but rather, fresh material that will make money, while not ignoring art and depth.
Works with an exclusive community of high net worth members to produce top tier feature films with guaranteed domestic (US) theatrical distribution.
Media Funding Solutions
Will invest our media inventories in your qualified event, show or movie venture. If you are raising funds for production or P&A funding, Media Funding Solutions can provide you with the initial capital requirements to attract additional investors.
MGM Film Funding
Whether you have already made a small movie that did well or you are a first time filmmaker with talent and confidence, then MGM Film Funding may be able to help you.
Become a member and pitch to over 225 Hollywood VIP's with a guaranteed response.
Slated (currently in Beta)
Our accredited investor network ranges from high net worth individuals, to seasoned film financiers and large financial institutions. By having a film listed on Slated, your film profile gets automatically disseminated to these people that are seeking opportunities that match their funding criteria.
Solar Media Capital (SMC)
Launched in 2012, SMC is a specialty finance company focused on extending secured credit solutions to borrowers in the filmed entertainment sector, including feature films and television assets. SMC is positioned to participate in all levels of filmed entertainment financing, providing lending alternatives not consistently covered by banks or credit investors.
Film Financial Projections Template
Show film investors why they should fund your movie with our Financial Template. Analyze your film, movie production costs and add financials directly into your Business Plan for Independent Film.
Business Plan Template for Independent Film
Our Business Plan Template is fully formatted with eight chapters and twenty three pages of sample text. Easily use this business plan example and customize it to your project.
Independent Film Proposal and Financing Manual
Learn how to write a business plan, the definition of a business plan and creative ways to finance your film. Pair this Manual with our Financial Template and Business Plan Template for the ultimate Movie Making package.
The business plan info really opened my eyes to how a lot of this business is so dependent on a sound business plan... and that creativity does not have to be compromised.
Free Film Downloads and Samples
Many free film tools and samples exist across the internet and here is a great starter list for the Independent Filmmaker.
Indie Film Distributors
Indie film distributors look for one thing only when they evaluate Indie Films - "Will this film be profitable for us?"
How to Make a Movie
Our 15 minute program provides you the basics on How to Make a Movie. We've condensed the nuts and bolts for you and provided some of the best material on how to make your first film.
Online Film School
Online Film School is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to learn the basics of film making. As a film maker, you have numerous education options. Make sure to get the Online Film School facts.
The huge advantage to film grants is you do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment.
Showcase Your Indie Film
Join our Independent Film Showcase and develop an online presence for your film in a few minutes - for FREE!!! Show the world your Independent Film and impress potential investors with more than just your logline.
Recommended Film Financing and Business Plan Guides
See FilmProposals top picks for Business Plan Books for Film. Film Funding and Financing, Low Budget, Business Plans and Budgets. See the best books on the market today, written by leading experts.
Best Independent Film Websites
FilmProposals top picks for the best Film Websites and Resources to help you find Investors for your Independent Movie, Film Financing Companies and Independent Film Funding.