Frequently Asked Questions

Additional details about the content and structure of the course

What is this course about?

This essential course for independent filmmakers is designed to help you think like an entrepreneur, find the right financial partners, and finish what you start. Through video lessons, written assignments, and group coaching sessions, this course will guide you on a transformative journey that will infuse you with confidence, empower you with resources, and put you in the best possible position to raise money for your project.

Who is this course for?

This course is for filmmakers, producers, entrepreneurs, and really anyone seeking to learn more about fundraising, investor relations, business plans, deal ethics, and more! Individuals considering film investments have enjoyed the course as well.

How does the course work?

The class is organized into 4 sections. For the Flex version, you can go through the sections at your own pace. For the Group and Private versions, you will meet on Zoom once a week for 4 weeks to review each section. That means you have one week to get through each section (roughly an hour of video lessons, plus optional workbook exercises).

For the Private version, you’ll also have one-on-one sessions with Stu Pollard.

What do I get?

All versions of the course include 4 hours of on-demand video lessons, loads of downloadable documents and templates, and access to our Slack channel to ask questions and connect with other filmmakers in the LunacyU community.

The Group and Private version include four weekly 1-hour group coaching sessions via Zoom with Stu Pollard.

The Private version also include two 45-minute one-on-one consultation sessions directly with Stu.

Who is the instructor?
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.
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. The Group version of the course includes live group coaching sessions and the Private version includes live one-on-one sessions.

When can I start the class?

For all 3 versions (Flex, Group, Private) you’ll have access to the course content (videos and downloads) to consume at your own pace. The group-coaching sessions for the Group and Private versions occur in 4-week blocks. You can find the start date for the next class on the home page of the website. During the class, you can watch the videos and use the content at your own pace, but there are 4 scheduled calls with the instructor. If you do not finish a section before the Zoom meeting, you may be behind.

What topics are discussed in this class?
Business Plans, Investor Relations, Tax Incentives, Producer Etiquette and more.
Can I watch a preview of this class?
Yes! Check out a FREE sample episode here. (It will ask you for your email again, but don’t worry – we won’t send you twice as many emails). You can also watch the first two episodes here at no charge.
Does this course contain legal advice?
This contains general legal advice, but it is strongly suggested that you consult with a certified lawyer when creating your business plan, your deal and more. The instructor is not a lawyer.
Do I have to attend the Zoom sessions or join the Slack channel?
No, this is not required. We offer the Flex version of the course as an option to access all the material without any live, scheduled Zoom sessions. If you sign up for the Group or Private versions we strongly recommend attending all the sessions and joining the Slack channel to get the most out of the material.
Where can I follow LunacyU to receive updates?
You can join our mailing list at lunacyu.com and follow @lunacy_u on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Will I get to meet investors?
No, this class will not introduce you to investors. However, it will teach you where to find investors, how to approach them & how to maintain healthy relationships with them.
Is this the first time this class has been taught?
Stu Pollard has taught this course at Film Independent for over a decade. However, this is the first online version of the course & it has been revamped, updated and enhanced.
Does LunacyU have other courses?

At this time, “Indie Film Financing” is our only available course. Let us know what you would like to see next by filling out our Contact Form.

How long will I have access to the course content?

You’ll have access to the course content for a full year after purchase.

I have more questions. Is there someone I can talk to?

Of course! Please send any queries to our Contact Form.