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Old 08-10-2017, 05:01 PM   #1
shawnwildermuth
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Question Funding an Independent Documentary?

My current plan is to look for corporate funding for about 75% of the budget and 25% in crowdfunding. So I'm now looking at grants/sponsorship, but I am thinking of whether I should do the crowdfunding early or late? (Most of my cost is in post-production). The majority of the sponsors I'm expecting to get are in my regular industry (of which the movie is about) so not traditional funding opportunities for film.

I feel like crowdfunding is a marketing tool that can help fund the project. If I do the crowdfunding now, they I can raise money early, but since the project is not going to be complete for 30 months and that might not generate enough interest for funders. Perhaps waiting on crowdfunding until filming is done means that I can raise more money later but then the sponsors might not know if there is interest for my film which the crowdfunding might help me show.

Anyone try this before? Or perhaps I'm an idiot and I should be going about this completely differently.

Thanks in Advance!
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