I love reading Reddit.
Take a look at this advice on pitching a TV show. What do you see?
I vomit in my mouth slightly.
Have these people ever pitched an idea successfully?!
The standard advice generally DOES NOT work. What does work?
Here’s a great primer on effective pitching.
But what if you’re more interested in grants than pitching?
Last week I spoke with Telefilm, one of the biggest funding agencies in the WORLD, and they exposed how you can get from $250,000 to $2,000,000 (even internationally) with them. It’s not easy! But you wouldn’t be here if you were interested in easy.
- 1:45 – How do you get funding for your feature film, given that you’ve produced several shorts already?
- 5:24 – What does the submission process look like to getting grants?
- 9:15 – What makes a “good” grant application?
- 12:37 – The catch-22 of need A-list stars to get money, but then needing money to get A-list talent in the first place. What do you do?
- 20:48 – What works in distribution, and what doesn’t.
- 25:32 – What are some of the beginner mistakes filmmakers make when putting together a budget? (student question)
- 27:28 – How do you get that first funder on board? (student question)
- 46:05 – How can you pitch to an investor, when you can’t necessarily show ROI? (student question)
If you have any other questions, hit reply and I’ll do my best to answer them on an episode of Ask Curt.
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Director / Writer / Producer
You know how Eminem is the Rap God? Well up North there in Canada, Curt's referred to as Toronto's "Film God." Studying mathematics and physics, his switch to filmmaking has given him a unique eye where he sees how things are traditionally done in the industry and goes "Um.. WTF." With a focus on results, and not just "festivals", Curt has taken cues from the startup world as well as deep psychology to help other independent filmmakers get connected, get funded, and make money with their films.