STEP-BY-STEP: HOW TO RAISE CRUCIAL FUNDS FOR YOUR DOCUMENTARY

Are you are completely baffled by the fundraising process? 

Do you dread asking people for money? 

Are you intimidated by wealthy individuals and unsure how to approach them for a donation? 

Do documentary film grants seem out of reach? 

I get it. I've been there. 

When making my first documentary, the idea of asking for donations was so terrifying, that instead of taking some simple steps that could have made life so much easier (and gotten my documentary made so much faster and so much better), I put all the responsibility on my shoulders and hustled ten times harder than necessary just to avoid asking people for money. Don't make the same mistakes I did. 

If you're in need of funding for your documentary, don't go it alone. Ask for help, find partners! 

Even though my documentary went on to win a regional EMMY, I won't pretend raising money (or making a documentary) is easy. But if you can learn just a few simple tricks, and access the right tools and resources, you'll be AMAZED at the difference it makes in your ability to find funding for your film.

"I wanted to say you saved my filmmaking life.Your course is so easy and convenient to use. Thank you!"

-- Carla Sanchez/Documentary Director

Imagine The Possibilities

Imagine what would happen if you had all the money you needed to make your documentary.

  • You could quit your 9-5 job and focus full time on making your film.

  • You could hire exactly who you needed to make your film including a writer, production crew, editor, composer and graphics specialist.

  • You could get the best quality video camera and all the filmmaking gear needed to bring your artistic vision to life.

  • The important message of your film can finally get out to the world, potentially changing or saving lives or impacting society.

There are millions of dollars out there for your film, you just need to know where to find it!


Lifetime Access: $97 $48.50

Hi, I'm Faith!

As a 30+ year communications professional, documentary producer and publisher of Desktop-Documentaries.com, I have seen time and time again how funding is often a filmmaker's biggest roadblock. 

It's not lighting or sound or even story structure that provides the biggest challenge, it's the money! 

Filmmakers often never even consider fundraising when they begin production. I'm no different. Fundraising was a huge and unexpected challenge when I produced my first documentary. 

I took a lot of wrong turns and learned the hard way. For example, I discovered just how important it is to ask people for money either in person or by phone. That's how I got a $25,000 grant (after just one phone call!). 

Through trial and error, I eventually learned how to approach people, when to approach people and how to make an ask for support with confidence. 

I don't pretend that fundraising is easy. What I do know is that with a few simple tools and some guidance, anyone with a passion for their film CAN raise money.

What's Inside The Course

  • 18 Interactive Modules

    An engaging mix of videos, quizzes, interactive elements + 18 learning modules take you step-by-step through the essential concepts of film funding to help you create a personalized fundraising strategy.

  • 10+ Videos

    A mix of animated explainer videos and sample videos to show you the essential concepts of fundraising. You'll get to learn visually and understand the big ideas quickly.

  • Bonus: Templates + Downloads

    Get a series of bonuses including: fundraising (LOI) letter template, Fundraising Checklist (PDF) and 25-Fundraising Ideas e-Book (PDF) - real-world fundraising ideas that you can begin implementing right away to start raising your first $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and beyond!

What You'll Learn

  • The Fundraising Mindset (VIDEO) - Critical to your fundraising success. Don't underestimate this step!

  • Why People Donate To Documentaries (VIDEO) - Learn these psychological triggers to boost donations and make it a win-win for you AND the donor!

  • Where To Find The Money -- A comprehensive overview of all the places to find money for your film.The Treasure Hunt begins here!

  • How To Get The Money (VIDEO) -- Tips, tricks and techniques for winning donations from wealthy donors, foundations and the "crowd."

  • The Fundraising Tools (VIDEO) -- Available resources to help you gather the GOLD (You'll be amazed what you learn here!)

  • How To Create a Powerful Fundraising Trailer (VIDEO) -- A must-have item for your fundraising tool box! Learn the essential components of a winning fundraising trailer.

  • How To Create a Knock Out Elevator Pitch & Log Line (VIDEO) -- Important for Film Festivals, Events and On-The-Spot Donations!

"Blew me away"

by Cat Russell / Documentary Producer (Colorado, USA)

"You blew me away with the concept that fundraising is not asking people for money, you are getting them to sign on to something they want to be a part of. Wow! If I only new that the last time I fundraised on Kickstarter!"

"Most helpful tool"

by Amber Talarico (Los Angeles, California)

"I am currently going through everything. And oh my Lanta, this course is the most helpful tool I have EVER come by! I am SO happy I came across it. Thank you for putting all the time and effort in creating this. You are helping hundreds if not thousands of people. I will be sure to promote this to all my other film friends!"

"Valuable Resources"

by Tess Howie (N. Dakota, USA)

"So many valuable resources. I appreciated the encouraging tone of the course." (Producer, Feek's Vision Documentary)

"Very helpful"

by Duncan Sill/Producer-Director, Invictuscope

"As a filmmaker, producer juggling so many balls to develop and facilitate the actualization of projects, having material such as this offers a very helpful way to organize and assess your own work and progress. Even with significant industry and or development background, I gained valuable resources by taking this course."

The course demystifies the fundraising process and provides dozens of ideas, tools & resources to begin raising funds.


Lifetime Access: $97 $48.50

What You Can Expect With This Course:

The Documentary Fundraising Course is an 18-part multimedia series of videos, interactive elements, quizzes and text modules that covers the full spectrum of fundraising. It's taught in an easy-to-follow and fun way.

Access to the course + bonus downloads are available immediately after purchase and can be accessed at any time by logging into your account.

You'll have lifetime access to the materials throughout the making of your documentary and as long as you need them.

"Dead on"

by Murv Seymour/Documentary Director (Killer B3)

"I wish I had discovered this course before I produced my first flick. Your information on who donates and why is dead on. The goal for my next film is $100,000. When I'm done with your lessons, hopefully I will have more tools at my finger tips to get there."

"Many, many take-aways"

by David Williams / Documentary Producer (USA)

"As a former nonprofit executive director many of the points covered within the course were familiar to me. However, filtered through the lens of raising funds for a documentary (my first!) the ground covered was a comforting reminder of how to do this sort of thing. There were many, many take-aways."

"Do I Really Need This Course?"

If you understand fundraising and know where to find money for your documentary, this fundraising course is not for you. 

However, if you are baffled by the fundraising process and struggle to find funding for your film, the Documentary Fundraising Course is an eye-opening resource. 

Do you want to get past the hurdle of raising money so that you can get on with making your film? 

Imagine putting together a documentary pitch that helps you bring in tens of thousands of dollars (or MORE). Isn't it worth at least the same amount you'd pay a production assistant for one day's work if it helps you raise an extra $5,000, $75,000 or $1-million? Your small investment has easily paid for itself!

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome To Documentary Fundraising!

    • Your Treasure Map

    • Course Overview & Objectives

  • 2

    Section 1 - Fundraising Prep Work

    • Fundraising Mindset: "Rethinking Fundraising"

    • Your Filmmaking Goals (+ Assignments)

    • Why People Donate to Documentaries

    • Your Fundraising Strategy

    • Assignments & Exercises

  • 3

    Section 2 - Fundraising Tools

    • Where's The Money? Your Treasure Hunt Begins!

    • 15 Essential Fundraising Tools for Documentary Projects

    • Grabbing A Headline: News Media and Press Releases

    • Pitching Your Idea: How To Craft an Elevator Pitch and Log Line

    • What's A Fiscal Sponsor and Why Do I Need One?

    • Fundraising Quiz!

    • Assignments & Exercises

  • 4

    Section 3 - Your Fundraising Trailer

    • Tips For A Sizzling Fundraising Trailer

    • Example Fundraising Trailer #1 (VIDEO)

    • Example Fundraising Trailer #2 (VIDEO)

    • Example Fundraising Trailer #3 (VIDEO)

    • Example Fundraising Trailer #4 (VIDEO)

    • $250K Trailer Sample (VIDEO)

    • Assignments

  • 5

    Section 4 - Accessing The Money

    • How To Make The Ask (VIDEO)

    • How To GET The Money

    • Major Donors: How To Partner With Wealthy Individuals

    • Mega Millions: How To Win A Film Grant

    • Reaching The Masses: Crowdfunding

    • Quiz Time!

    • Assignments & Exercises

  • 6

    Bonus: Downloads & Extras

    • Fundraising Letter (LOI) Sample

    • Interactive Grant Finding Tool

    • Live Funding & Festival Deadline Calendar

    • 25 Fundraising Ideas For Documentary & Video Projects (PDF)

    • Documentary Fundraising Check List (PDF)

  • 7

    Summary & Resources

    • Fundraising Clues & Quick Tips

    • Summary & Resources

    • Thank You! Quick Survey

Our Guarantee

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At any time in the next 30-days working through the material, if you don't find the Documentary Fundraising Course 2.0 absolutely essential in your fundraising efforts OR...

If you don't find clarity in the next step you should take in your journey... OR

If you are dissatisfied in any way.

...just let us know and your course payment will be refunded. We offer a "100% happiness" no questions asked 30-day money back guarantee.

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Click the red button below to access Documentary Fundraising Course 2.0 + Film Funders Pack and get started raising your first (or next) $10,000, $50,000 or more!


Lifetime Access: $97 $48.50

"The structured approach, checklists and "downloadables" are all extremely valuable. At the end of the course, you come out with, essentially, a complete marketing plan."

 -- Diane Boulanger/Documentary Producer (Canton, MA)

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