How to Get Your Film Financed

Moviemaking can be a risky financial venture. Know what you’re doing when you sell yourself.

You will need

  • Film script
  • Short film
  • Networking skills
  • Budget
  • Completion bond or insurance policy
  • Business plan

Step 1 Build a track record Build a track record by working in the industry; then make your own low budget short film. First attempts sometimes get noticed by people with money.

Step 2 Borrow money from friends Borrow money from everyone, offering them speaking parts, food, autographs, or a chance to make you happy. Have a good film story with which to hook them.

Step 3 Network for contacts Network by attending film festivals, especially smaller ones where you can stand out, and be active in online forums.

Step 4 Hire smart Develop an accurate budget and anticipate questions. Get written bids to impress professional investors.

Step 5 Get a completion bond Secure a completion bond or insurance policy that assures an investor the film will be finished if problems arise.

Step 6 Make a sound business plan Prepare a sound business plan for all investors, as you would for a bank loan. Include the film script and shooting schedule, and have your accountant or business manager approve the final draft.

Step 7 Find Hollywood film producers Find companies on the web or in publications like the “Hollywood Producers” or “Representation” directories that buy out or co-produce well-developed projects.