Practical Film Financing: Finding & Pitching Investors
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Practical Film Financing: Finding & Pitching Investors

Learn Funding Tactics for Both Beginners and Experienced Filmmakers
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Created by Steve Balderson
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how to find investors and pitch to them with skill.
  • You will have stronger, more effective communication skills.
  • You will know how to gain rapport with people.
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  • There are no prerequisites, but if you have knowledge about how to build a business plan it will be useful.
  • Fluent speaker of the English language. Verb tenses can become very confusing if one is still learning.

Award-winning veteran indie filmmaker Steve Balderson presents a Maverick Masterclass on Film Financing.  In this course, you will learn:

  • How to find investors
  • Who are the five kinds of investors
  • How to gain rapport with each of them
  • Valuable communication techniques
  • The gentle art of persuasion

Although the focus of this workshop is on filmmaking and film finance, any entrepreneur seeking investors will find this workshop especially useful.

For this workshop, you will need:

  • To be fluent in the English language (there are predicate lessons and verb tenses which will be very challenging for anyone not already fluent in English)
  • Previous knowledge of how to create a business plan
  • A willingness to think outside of the box
  • Software which can open PDF documents
  • A printer (optional)


“The workshop was fantastic, I enjoyed every minute of it and I loved the thoroughness of the information discussed.  The information was very useful.  I gained the perspective of utilizing how to speak more effectively with people.  I can use what I learned in the workshop to help me with my future projects and my daily life.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this workshop to others.” – A.H. 

“I had some knowledge about building a business plan and budget, no insight into where to find investors though.  Biggest shift was that raising funds now seems obtainable. It will take a lot of leg work but now I have a direction and a place to start.  For anyone who has made a film or plans on making a film this workshop was a great place to not only start, but also to enhance knowledge that one might already have about approaching potential investors.” – J.J.

“I thought the flow and the agenda was terrific.” – C.A.

"Dikenga for life!" - Lloyd Kaufman, President Troma Entertainment

Who is the target audience?
  • Filmmakers and any entrepreneur wondering how to find investors or financing.
  • Anyone wanting to learn better communication skills
  • Anyone who has had trouble in the past with fundraising.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
1 Lecture 10:51
The Five Kinds of Investors
5 Lectures 45:13
Investor Type 1

Investor Type 2

Investor Type 3

Investor Types 4 and 5

Finding Them
Rapport and Persuasion
3 Lectures 15:53
Gaining Rapport

Please be sure to download the PDF which accompanies this lecture.

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About the Instructor
Steve Balderson
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Veteran filmmaker of over 17 globally released features.

Roger Ebert gave Steve’s film, FIRECRACKER, starring Karen Black and Mike Patton, a Special Jury Award on his annual Best Films of the Year list.  His first film PEP SQUAD premiered at the Cannes Film Festival at Le Marché du Film then became a 90s cult classic.  His film WATCH OUT was praised by critics as “One of the great cult films of all time.” In 2011, the U.S. Library of Congress selected his film THE CASSEROLE CLUB, starring Susan Traylor and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, for its permanent collection.  In 2015, his film EL GANZO won Best Feature, Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy.

Film Threat magazine says, “Balderson makes movies that are so gorgeous that it’s not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least; he’s the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition.”

Interested not just in film but also architecture, design and elements of time and space, Balderson's milieu is all-inclusive and his work bears an unmistakable, individual stamp.  Though he chuckles when he says his idea of a good time is ‘going out to sketch a story board,’ he's not kidding.  Driven and prolific, Balderson happily shares his secrets in Maverick Filmmaking Workshops, where he instructs and inspires filmmakers young and old.