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.
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-- 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.|
Hi I'm Faith!
As a 25+ 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:
Learn everything you need to know to get your documentary fully funded: finding wealthy donors, fundraising tools, film grants, money triggers. It's all here in a fun and engaging multi-media format.
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.
4 Free Bonuses!
Get 4 bonuses:
The top 100 foundations that give money to documentaries, a list of the largest film grants, an eBook of 25 fundraising ideas, plus a handy fundraising check-list!
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!|
|The Best Places To Go for Film Grants -- Get names of foundations, contact information and how much they give!|
Free Bonus Items!
|FREE BONUS #1! |
Top 100 Film Funders Pac (2017) - Access a list of the top 100 foundations that give money to documentary projects. Included are names, how much they give and contact details. This is a GOLD mine of information!
FREE BONUS #2!
List of Largest Film Grants (2017) - These are a list of the largest grants awarded for films (primarily documentaries). This list is a great indicator of the types of projects that are being funded and the most active funders in the field.
FREE BONUS #3!
25 "Fun and Creative" Fundraising Ideas for Documentary and Video Projects (eBook) - Get twenty-five real world fundraising ideas that you can begin implementing right away to start raising your first $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and beyond!
FREE BONUS #4!
Documentary Fundraising Check List - This is a handy printable check list of all the items you'll need to rock-it big time with your fundraising game plan!
What You Can Expect With This Course:
The Documentary Fundraising Course is an 18-part multi-media series of videos, graphical elements and text modules that covers the full spectrum of fundraising. It's taught in an easy-to-follow and fun way.
A private discussion forum inside the course dashboard allows direct access to the course instructor.
Access to the course is available immediately after purchase and can be accessed at any time by logging into your account.
Mastering fundraising doesn't happen overnight. Therefore, you'll have lifetime access to the materials throughout the making of your documentary and as long as you need them.
What Students Are Saying:
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!
I am currently reading 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!
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.
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 Fundraising 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!
Let's Get Started!
Click the "Enroll Now" button below to access the Documentary Fundraising 101 Course and get started raising your first (or next) $10,000, $50,000 or more!
Publisher, Desktop Documentaries
About the Instructor
Hi friend! I'm Faith, chief instigator here at Desktop Documentaries. I've been in the filmmaking/TV/video biz more than 25 years and I created this course to help super cool people like yourself get their documentaries made, seen and sold! I hope you enjoy the course and if you have any questions, please just ask!