Working out how to finance a film is a tough job; probably even more difficult with coming up with a unique and strong screenplay. Depending on the film the filmmaker wants to make, their budget is not enough to finance all the expenses a film would cost to make. Sometimes they need outside funding to help cover those costs, or else run the risk of abandoning the project or sacrificing the creativity of the film due to lack of funds to make those possible. That’s why filmmakers approach major studio or production companies to fund their films and get more access to resources that would help smoothen the film development process. Sometimes, filmmakers approach businesses to help sponsor their films if they get rejected by major studios. If you’re a filmmaker and you’re looking for film sponsors, you will need to create a proposal. Read the article to know how to make a film sponsorship proposal.

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How does a Film Get Money?

Most films are funded in various ways through a combination of investors, grants, crowdfunding, distribution agreements, and other sources. The funding must be secured by film producers before starting to develop the film to pay for all the costs that will be spent in making the film.

How to Make a Production Film Proposal

1. Provide Background Summary of the Film

A film sponsorship proposal only consists of two to three pages. The first section of your proposal must be the background of what your film is all about, or also called a synopsis. Aside from a synopsis, give a brief background of your characters and storyboard to visualize your film’s plot and vision.

2. Provide Background Information of the Production Crew

The next section of your proposal is where you list down the names and the responsibilities of the production crew and the name of the casts (or potential casts if you haven’t done any audition yet) of the film. The production crew includes, but is not limited to director, writer, cinematographer, casting director, screenwriter, etc. By including their background information, your potential sponsors are more likely to trust your production is professional.

3. Describe Your Target Audience

The next section is determining your target audience. To do this, you can describe their demographics and describe what type of films or film genres they usually gravitate to watch and enjoy. Knowing your demographics will help you know how you can market and publicize your film to your audience.

4. Enumerate the Resources Needed

This section is where you will describe the budget that you need to develop your film. Make a budget table that shows the overall budget you need, the breakdown of the cost of every aspect of developing your film from pre-production to post-production, and the cost of the resources you need to do your film. Film resources include set design, sound systems, actors and crew members, editor equipment, transportation, food catering, and film equipment just to name a few.

5. Explain How Funding the Film Can Benefit the Sponsor

To convince the potential sponsor to fund your film, you need to include the advantages the sponsor can have if they will fund you. For example, they can join in the decision of marketing and promoting the film, including product placements in your scenes, or hiring A-list actors to star in your film as part of an investment deal.

FAQs

What is fiscal sponsorship for filmmakers?

Fiscal sponsorship is one of the most common types of sponsorship for film or media-related projects who wants to secure funding from individual, foundation, government, or corporate sources that give only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. This type of sponsorship only funds documentary features or nonfiction films, film events such as film festivals or screening series, and narrative features and short films.

How much money do you need to make a film?

The average cost to produce a film depends on its type; if you’re producing a major studio movie it would cost around $65-100 million. This includes the cost of production, distribution, and marketing.  For independent films, or films produced by lesser-known studios, the cost of producing a film is way lower; it can range from around half a million to $2 million.

Which is the richest film industry in the world?

The richest film industry in the world is Hollywood located in the United States. It is also the oldest film industry (it started more than a hundred years ago) and it is also the largest film industry as well.

Review your proposal to check if you missed any important information and revise any formatting, grammatical, or spelling mistakes you discovered in your proposal. To assure that your proposal looks professional and error-free, invite a colleague to review it. Make sure that your proposal reflects your personality and creativity as a filmmaker. To help you get started writing your proposal, download the free sample templates above to use as your guide!

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