Pulse Movies Tips How to get funding for your short film

Your film needs to be marketable. Draw up a business plan for your production stating your needs.

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Short films are usually shot on a low budget

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Thinking of producing a short film? You’ve got the perfect story and script ready, but without money this film can’t exist.

One of the fears of many people who go into short film production is how to finance this. To save money, you can use your camera phone or DSLR camera to shoot. You can also get friends and family to play roles on your film so you don’t have to pay an established actor.

Pulse Movies presents a few options for you to consider when searching for funding:

1. Government Grant

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The Federal Government offers a Project ACT Nollywood grant for the film industry. This initiative is presents a Film Production Fund worth 700 million Naira. It offers grants to independent producers as well as establish production companies at any stage of production.

 2. Bank of Industry Grant

The Bank of Industry has a Nollyfund which supports filmmakers and producers financially. According to their website, the fund is a is a N1.0 billion fund.

3. Family and friends

Asking friends and family for funds is one of the most common ways to finance your project.

4. Crowdfunding

This is not common with Nigerian artists but it’s something you can try. Crowdfunding is a means through which you raise funds for a project via an online platforms like Kickstarter and Crowdfunder.

5. Find an investor

You need to create a document stating your business goals and how you plan to achieve them play

You need to create a document stating your business goals and how you plan to achieve them

 

Your film needs to be marketable. Draw up a business plan for your production stating your needs, costs, vision, projected returns and plans for the future you can show to a potential investor when you meet someone interested in your film.

6. Enter film competitions

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