Our Services

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

FC offers low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent producers across the country.

Many foundations will not issue grants to individuals but only to non-profits, so instead of starting their own 501(c)3 organization, filmmakers often align themselves with an established non-profit, allowing them to apply for a wide range of grants and offer their donors a tax deduction.

FC is not simply a “pass through;” it is a member organization that accepts and administers contributions made to our members’ projects, monitors reports to ensure that grant funds are spent in accordance with funder requirements, and acts as the liaison between foundations and filmmakers. Since 1986 FC has managed more than $25 million in grants and donations for over 200 projects. Our films have been shown nationally and internationally, and have won awards at festivals and competitions around the world. Besides films and videos, we sponsor websites, apps, games, and digital projects on a range of platforms. All creative control belongs to the filmmaker, who must operate as a separate legal entity with proper insurance coverage in place.

To apply, please click on “Eligibility/Application Process” on the left-hand column.

Once accepted, FC acts as the fiscal sponsor for the duration of your project, and charges 5% on all income received. We set you up on our website and provide a Paypal button that enables your sponsors to contribute to your film online. We also give you access to the Foundation Center’s online database of grantmakers and grantees. Click on “Benefits of FC Fiscal Sponsorship” in the left-hand column for more information.

 

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

Filmmakers Collaborative is run by experienced filmmakers who can help you through every phase of your production. We are always pleased to meet with new members, and we offer an hour of free feedback on your story, budget, timeline and/or funding plan when you first apply for sponsorship. After that, we can help you in the following areas for a fee of $75/hour:  

* Budgeting

* Harmonizing budget, timeline and narrative

* Production management

* Story structure

* NEH proposal writing

* Trailer and rough cut evaluations

We see hundreds of proposals every year and are good judges of which ones will be funded and which will not. Our goal is to help you get the funding you need. Let us help you be successful!

 

FEEDBACK ON WORK

FC is a community of filmmakers with a wide range of experience, and most are willing to help each other however they can. FC facilitates this by offering a monthly time for screening trailers, rough cuts, fine cuts, and/or discussing topics of interest to the community. In 2014 we plan to do this on the third Thursday of every month, between 4-6 pm at our Moody Street office in Waltham. If you would like to participate in this program, let us know! Contact: laura@filmmakerscollab.org.