92 – How to Fund Your Film: The Individual Donor

How to Fund Your Film: The Individual Donor

An often overlooked aspect of film funding is the individual donor.  Which is kind of surprising, given that statistics tend to show that 50 percent (and sometimes more) make up the overall funding for doc filmmakers.  Amidst, all of the dialogue and concentration on other, sometimes more obvious, avenues of fundraising like crowdfunding, grant funding, and corporate sponsorships, we tend to forget that sometimes it’s that single big individual donation that can often be the difference between getting a film made or having it remain a cool idea that the filmmaker once had.

And so we have dedicated today’s episode to you, #doclifer, and to the almighty Individual Donor!


The Individual Donor Conversation:

  • how individual donations often make up the bulk of a doc filmmakers funding
  • where & how to find individual donor
  • contacting a potential donor
  • making the ask
  • nurturing the relationship of the major gift donor


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Free Music ArchiveSpecial Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week’s episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist’s music by going to Free Music Archive today!


Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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