Movie-makers and creative types: there are steps you can be taking to get your film made. This discussion will include how to get investors interested, how to INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF getting funding.
How to market your film, how to "seed" your potential audience, Crowdfunding issues, etc.
Some thoughts on getting your film into Sundance (HINT: this is really difficult, low odds). The Sundance Application Process is a really worthwhile exercise, even if you don't get chosen. The discipline of completing the Sundance Application Process will become helpful in other venues.
NOTICE that this description does not say "how to get funding", but instead how to INCREASE YOUR CHANCES. No matter what anyone tells you, its very difficult and will remain difficult even after talking to me. But you film-makers may have a clearer idea of what is expected of you.
IMPORTANT: NOT LEGAL ADVICE, MERELY INFORMATION
Any discussion we have will be merely suggestions and thoughts, to give you some perspective of how the film business works. This is not practicing law, just providing some information.
IMPORTANT: DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
Don't gamble everything you own on a creative endeavor such as a movie. Further, don't spend money you cannot afford to lose. If you are looking for somebody to affirm your greatness, and tell you what a wonderful film you have, I am the wrong person. In the film industry, realism is critically important. A knowledge of Intellectual Property is also important, as copyright is a very tricky area.
Chris Tanner is a copyright/patent/trademark attorney with 22 years of experience. Chris has worked with creative people on copyright issues for many years.