If you are passionate about film or making documentaries, there are numerous opportunities that you can pursue to get funding. You, however, need to ensure that you have mastered the right advice that will catch the attention of potential funders. The tips to use are as follows.
Know the Funders
The first step to getting funding to produce your documentary is to do some research and discover potential funders. Check out their histories, the kind of documentaries they fund and their requirements. Knowing the funders is an essential aspect because it helps you narrow down who you approach, what you will tell them to convince them to fund you based on their mandate, and how your documentary aligns with their policies and interests.
Have a Detailed Proposal
Once you have identified potential funders, the next step is to write a proposal. Most organisations that fund documentary producers always ask for a plan. The proposal should cover the basics such as what the documentary is about, why it is crucial, and the budget of producing it. Make sure that the budget has been broken down, and is reasonable so that you are considered for the fund.
It can be a lonely journey when you are trying to look for funders all by yourself. What makes it easier is joining groups and associations that have other producers. Some funders love working with groups rather than individuals. Moreover, being a member of a group or association increases your network, and you are more likely to hear about funding opportunities from other group members.
Try Several Organisations
Do not depend on only one source as your potential funders. Try out several organisations, as long as you are honest with them that you are seeking funds from others and not just them. Do not give up when you get a rejection letter. Keep trying, and before you know it, you will catch people’s attention.