April 28, 2008

Funding Films

I just read an article on TechCrunch about how the independent film “Artemis Eternal” has already raised $40k of the $100k total amount that they are seeking for the film project via “crowd-funding.” In other words, they are allowing the public to contribute as little as $1 to fund their film development and “cut out the middle man.”

This announcement is very interesting to me because we see so many independent films and we normally just turn them away (unless there is a special circumstance). There are very few companies that we turn away at FundingUniverse, but as of today, we don’t have any confidence helping films to get funding — they are just too high risk for the overwhelming majority of investors. To be honest, it is just a world that we don’t know very well and so we don’t feel comfortable helping film-makers.

Because of the demand and the pain in the market, we’ve thought a lot about dedicating a portion of our site to helping film-makers through the fundraising process, however, maybe we should just refer them to Artemis and learn how to raise “crowd-funding.” For those of you that have raised money for films, where did you go? We’d love to learn more about this industry.