Film Producer | Pointers



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Filmmakers’ Blog:

Pre-production Process Explained:

Dear Producer


Guide to Grant Writing:

Funding & Distribution Videos:

Film Funding

BFI: Sources of Funding for UK Film Makers

The Uncertain Kingdom – Development Fund

British Regional Funding Bodies

  1. Creative Debut’s Black Artists Grant
  2. BFI Network – Early Development Funding
  3. Short Circuit: First Features
  4. CoViD-19 Recovery Fund
  5. Albert – free training
  6. BFI Network x BAFTA Crew Mentoring
  7. IBF Europe: Regulations for Distribution Support
  8. The Pitch Film Fund
  9. Actors’ Benevolent Fund
  10. Disability Arts Online’s new commissions for disabled artists
  11. Sheffield Doc Fest – Digital Industry Pass 2021
  12. Welfare – Response to CoViD-19
  13. West Midlands Production Fund
  14. Ford Foundation: JustFilms
  15. Screen Scotland: Film Development and Production Fund
  16. Field of Vision’s Virtual Mentorship & Consultation Service for the Documentary Community
  17. FFolio
  18. Screen Scotland: Professional Development Fund

UK Film Commissions




Northern Ireland:


European Film Funding

Film Sales Support from European Film Promotion:

CountryNational Film AgencyOrganisation
1.Albania Center of Cinematography
2.Austria - Austrian Films
3.Belgium Image
4.Belgium Bruxelles Images

5.Bosnia & Herzegovina of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
6.Bulgaria National Film Center
7.Croatia Audiovisual Centre
8.Cyprus Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus
9.Czech Republic Film Center
Danish Film Institute
10.Estonia Film Institute
11.Finland Film Foundation
13.Georgia National Film Center
14.Germany Films
15.Greece Film Centre
16.Hungary Film Institute Hungary
17.Iceland Film Centre
18.Ireland Ireland / Fís Éireann
19.Italy Luce Cinecittà (Italy)

20.Kosovo Cinematography Center
21.Latvia Film Centre of Latvia
22.Lithuania Film Centre
23.Luxembourg Fund Luxembourg
24.Macedonia Macedonia Film Agency
25.Montenegro Centre of Montenegro
26.Netherlands NL (The Netherlands)
27.Norway Film Institute
28.Poland Film Institute
29.Portugal do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA (Portugal)
30.Romania Film Development
31.Serbia Center Serbia
32.Slovakia Film Institute
33.Slovenia Film Centre
34.Spain de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales / ICAA (Spain)


Swedish Film Institute
36.Switzerland Films
37.United Kingdom Council


International Film Grants

UK Tax Relief

Crowd Funding

Film Crowdfunding Sites:

If you’ve an established audience, offset platform fees by considering a self-hosted campaign.

Film Crowdfunding How-to:

The film is marketed before it’s made. To crowd-fund, you must first have the crowd. Audience-build throughout your career. Find the strangers and tell them where you are. You have to have a relationship with your audience that matters. Let your fans school you on crowdfunding. The crowd is going to make you a more attentive, empathic artist. Remember that your audience is at least as smart as you think you are! Show, don’t tell. Have a 90-second pitch video that resonates with your crowd. Do NOT ask for help with a donation. Ask them to join what you are offering with a contribution, because, together, you are making something relevant. That tone has to permeate everything in your crowdfunding campaign. Show the project, not the makers. E.g. dramatic scene from film; then demonstrate what your cinematographer is capable of; then could show collation of things your actors have been in. Demonstrate that you are capable of making the thing you are promising. Use a preview of your crowdfunding campaign to get feedback from your audience, before you launch it.

    1. Who is your audience? (There will be different demographics including a core group.)
    2. Where do they hang out?
    3. How do they like to be spoken to? ⇒
    4. How do you reach them?
    5. Dedicate yourself actively to engaging your audience (hard work & patience).


Must be able to prove viable scope for profit, via you having access to the audience that wants to see your film. Ensure they make their money back with profit, so that they invest in your next film. Investors invest for personal interest + profit.





Producer Pages


A Guide to Low Budget Filmmaking
(Creative Essentials, 2019)

Producing for Film & Television
(The Crowood Press, 2019)

CLEVE, Bastian:
Film Production Management
(Routledge, 2017)

The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide
(Schirmer, 2011)

FOLLOWS, Stephen:
Crowd Funding for Film Makers
(Creative Essentials, 2018)

GROVE, Elliot:
Raindance Producers’ Lab. Lo-to-no Budget Filmmaking
(Focal Press, 2013)

HARMON, Renée:
Film Producing Low Budget Films That Sell
(Samuel French, 1988) – Dated but still useful

The Complete Film Production Handbook
(Elsevier /Focal Press, 2010)

LEE, John:
The Producer’s Business Handbook
(Routledge, 2017)

LYONS, Sarah:
Indie Film Producing
(Routledge, 2012)

PATZ, Deborah:
Film Production Management 101
(Michael Wiese Productions, 2011)

Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life
(Cameron Books, 2021)

RYAN, Maureen:
Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Low-budget Independent Film Producing
(Michael Wiese Productions, 2017)

RUSSO, John & VINCENT, Gary:
How to Make Exciting Money-Making Movies
(Burning Bulb Publishing, 2015)

Production Management for TV & Film
(Methuen Drama, 2010)

Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign
(Michael Wiese Productions, 2016)

TURMAN, Lawrence:
So You Want to Be a Producer
(Methuen, 2006)

VACHON, Christine & BUNN, Austin:
A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals & Disasters in Hollywood & Beyond
(Limelight Editions, 2007)