How to Finance Your Independent Film

Making the most of film funding and grants means thinking outside the business plan. Online marketing tools and services can establish your production company brand. Internet technology provides a cost effective means to distribute portions of your project to potential funding sources.

Grants for films are awarded to nonprofit organizations, not directly to individuals. Consider potential funding sources not only from film production foundations and government arts councils but also within your own specialized subject matter or geographic area. Grant funding has specific limitations, so always look for funding from private investors.

1. Find private investors for funding your documentary film.

2. Get independent film funding.

3. Apply for state grants and incentives.

4. Network with foundations sharing your passions.

Making the most of film funding and grants means thinking outside the business plan. Online marketing tools and services can establish your production company brand. Internet technology provides a cost effective means to distribute portions of your project to potential funding sources.

Grants for films are awarded to nonprofit organizations, not directly to individuals. Consider potential funding sources not only from film production foundations and government arts councils but also within your own specialized subject matter or geographic area. Grant funding has specific limitations, so always look for funding from private investors.

You can market your film to a larger number of potential investors with web-based services designed to promote private investment opportunities. A solid brand presence online also offers potential investors visibility through your visitor traffic.

Consider private funding sources for films
See the list of crowdsourcing platforms to finance your film

Contact a pool of private investors to fund your next project with online investment networking communities. Post your funding needs or search for investors offering funds for filmmakers. Members can usually create a free profile with specific and targeted details about investment and funding opportunities. The network provider then charges a fee to post requests or contact other members.

Partner with foundations for independent film funding
See the list of foundations and grants for film finance

If you have a compelling but little known subject or a historical film, consider foundations and production services companies offering funds for student filmmakers and independent producers. Independent film foundations award funding to projects that make a contribution to society, but they still want to see a good business plan.

Look for state government film grants for documentary funding

State supported regional film organizations offer financial incentives, locations services, city services and expert support to encourage economic activity and promote regional heritage. Also consider local tourism foundations when filming in popular locations.

Consider documentary film grants for specific subjects

Network with philanthropic foundations supporting documentary filmmaking grants on your subject. Organizations sharing your passion for cultural complexities or personal politics can often support your efforts to raise public awareness.

Network with Professional Filmmakers that share your passion
See the list of professional filmmakers