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Donation (Soft Money)

Do you like free money? There is a way to raise funds for your project that don’t necessarily need to be returned. It helps if your project is categorized as a nonprofit, which is more common for documentaries. Still, there are various sources of financing that many filmmakers overlook when hustling for budget money – and they’re not all Kickstarter campaigns!



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So about that whole free money thing we used to bait and hook you? The best things in life may be free, but in film and digital media, pretty much nothing is.

TOPICS COVERED IN FREE MONEY:

  • GRANTS
  • FISCAL SPONSORSHIP
  • CROWDFUNDING

There’s money you have to pay back, and then there’s money you should maybe pay back if you can.

TOPICS COVERED IN UNSECURED MONEY:

  • SUBSIDIES
  • DEFERRALS
  • GOODS & SERVICES

We’ve all seen the obvious advertisements buried in our favorite forms of entertainment. Maybe we groan, maybe we laugh or maybe we understand this is just the nature of the beast.

TOPICS COVERED IN PROMOTIONAL FUNDING:

  • BRANDING
  • PRODUCT PLACEMENT

A lot of productions rely on tax incentives to round out their financing.

TOPICS COVERED IN LATE INCENTIVES:

  • TAX INCENTIVES
  • COMPLETION FUNDING

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