Fund Your Film
Practical and ethical fundraising guidance, shaped by years of relevant experience.
Are you ready to make a feature film but lacking that critical element…money?
In this intensive four-week course, you’ll learn how to secure equity financing, structure deals, connect with investors, and avoid critical pitfalls, from Stu Pollard, an industry expert who’s raised millions of dollars for independent films.
Watch the trailer or click here for a free module preview!
In this course, Stu covers topics that are rarely taught in a classroom, giving you the tools you need to jump-start your project and gain confidence in approaching investors.
Dig into the foundational elements for how to start a company and structure a sound deal.
Access to downloadable resources and materials that you’ll need to get a head start on your next venture.
Learn to play the long game, operate with integrity, and have honest, upfront interactions.
We provide filmmakers with accessible, ethically sound skills, insights, and resources to fund their projects the right way
“I feel like he took me through every part of deals that no one talks about. Now I know how it works, I can see behind the curtain. For me that was the most important thing.”
“Here’s the truth I’ve found: every independent filmmaker also needs to learn how to be a good businessman.Taking Stu’s class was absolutely an essential part of me getting my first film going. This class helped prepare me to speak about financing and budgeting in a way that is becoming increasingly necessary for budding filmmakers.”
“I feel very confident when I speak to financiers – that’s the greatest benefit of this class.”
“Astoundingly comprehensive and invaluable. I can’t imagine a better soup-to-nuts crash course in understanding the independent film space and how to get a film off the ground and into the world.”
“Informative, entertaining and filled with an enormous amount of important industry tips.”
“Honest, upfront and beneficial to all who attended.”
“You covered what attendees wanted to know: raising money and creating business plans, but you also covered something lacking in many these days: etiquette and relationships.”
“If there is a single word that sums up your presentation, it is ‘integrity.’ Too many panels and seminars on indie filmmaking overlook this notion, while you can’t stress it enough.”
Quality content refined over 10+ years
Stu Pollard has 20+ years of experience in the indie film space and has raised millions of dollars in private equity to fund projects over the course of his career.
His company, Lunacy Productions, has enabled him to empower new storytellers and explore new ventures outside the film space, including education via the new platform LunacyU.
Lunacy’s thriller, Rust Creek (directed by Jen McGowan) was acquired by IFC Films and Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. It topped the viewership charts on Netflix in the weeks after its release in December of 2020.
Other recent producing credits include the rom-com Plus One (written and directed by Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, produced in partnership with Studio 71 and Red Hour Films) and Alexandra Shiva’s Syrian refugee documentary This Is Home (2018 Sundance World Doc Audience Award Winner).
All the tools you need to get your film funded
- 4 Sections from getting started to selling the film
- 33 videos with illustrations and animations
- 4+ hours of valuable content
- Workbooks and optional exercises
- Downloadable documents and templates
- Articles and links to dive deeper
Zoom & Slack Access
- A 1-hour Zoom session every Sunday for 4 weeks
- Ask questions and get feedback from Stu himself
- Expand your network and meet other potential collaborators
- Investor Tracking Template, Estimated Startup Costs
- Sample Sales Waterfall, Sample Delivery Schedule
- Key Questions for your Film Business Plan
- And much more!
Overview of the Course
This is just a sampling of the topics covered.
View the full list here
- Setting realistic goals
- Estimating startup costs
- How crowdfunding can help
- Deal elements: Business plan and legalese
- Understanding your audience & distribution
- Planning for festivals & delivery
- Investment details & projections
- Setting your timeline
Structure Your Deal
- Review a sample deal
- Tax incentives overview
- Setting deal points and sweeteners
- Protecting your investors and yourself
- Finding investors and understanding their motives
- Investor relations and communication examples
- Tracking your funding progress
- A list of the golden rules
Secure your spot today
Premium Interactive Course Starting April 19th
$597 one time payment
How does it work?
The class is organized into 4 sections. We will meet on Zoom once a week for 4 weeks to review each section (roughly an hour of video lessons, plus optional workbook exercises).
Registration for our March class has now closed.
Our next class will begin April 19th. Secure your spot by purchasing the course below.
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Is this a live class?
No, this is not a live class. It consists of 33 video modules that you can watch at your own pace. There are 4 live Zoom sessions with the instructor during the course. It is suggested that you are caught up on each section before the meeting, so as to better understand the conversation.