Microwave is a fantastic scheme from Film London for filmmakers making their first steps towards…
How to get funding for your film? – Metfilm School
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There’s a common misconception that is unwittingly perpetuated by film studios.
Films cost a lot of money.
If you’re as passionate as you say you are about filmmaking, you’ll find a way to make films. It may be that you have everything in place to make a short film, but just need a few hundred pounds to rent that lens, or that external audio recorder that will make all the difference. Start with the people around you, not just financially either – practice pitching your idea to them. The help from those around you in order to figuring out how much money a film can realistically be made on. You could get together a low budget version of your film for pitches and crowd funding.
Microwave is Film London’s ground-breaking feature filmmaking scheme. It has helped to produce Hong Khaou’s critically-acclaimed Lilting, BAFTA-nominated Shifty and Plan B’s directorial debut, iLL Manors. This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.
– What lighting have you and your DOP discussed using? What are the financial implications?
– What locations do you want to use? Are they expensive?
– What about other crew and cast costs for the duration of the shoot?
London Calling and London Calling Plus are Film London’s short film funding schemes aimed at giving more opportunities to London’s new and emerging talent. Building on more than a decade of experience, the schemes are funding 24 new shorts from teams across the capital.
Think long and hard about why you’ll need the funding. Your story might be captivating, you may have ironed out all the kinks in making a low budget version, but if you can’t justify why you need the money or where it will go, you’re likely to be overlooked by people who can justify what the money will be spent on. That being said, Film London are great at providing free workshops and roadshows, where they answer any questions that people may have about applying. They are also great events to meet fellow filmmakers, and they’re free. (http://filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts)
London Calling Plus is a slightly different proposition, focusing on giving funding to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and directors. They award 5 short films up to £15,000, but the rules are still the same with needing to know where the money will go.
- Think about who you are applying to- which organisation is more suited to the kind of film that you want to make?
- Read the guidelines! Each funding body has different pots and you need to apply to the relevant one otherwise your project can be lost.
- Use social media to create an immediate two-way conversation with your audience. What do they think of the project?
The same will be the case for your project. Regular people will not part with their money on a project that they don’t believe will be worthwhile in funding. Make sure your script and your high concept for your story are solid. You can then make your short, low budget version of your film. From there, you can use that as a great tool for attracting investors and convincing people that what they’re getting involved in is a solid project. Think of it as a try before you buy.
Kickstarter also helps you to practice pitching your idea, a key element of attracting funding. You’ll need to make your story come across as interesting, and you’ll need to convince people that you need money. Whatever the amount is, you’ll need to justify it.