Filmmaker360

Project Development

The Film Society is dedicated to supporting emerging and established filmmakers. Our project development & fiscal sponsorship program is designed to help you step-by-step through the process of getting your film funded, made and seen. 

When you apply for fiscal sponsorship you are beginning the process of preparing your project proposal for funding organizations. At the Film Society we want to ensure that you and your project are likely candidates for funding, and we work with you until your proposal reaches a competitive level. Sometimes this means many proposal drafts before we accept you for Fiscal Sponsorship, but it will be worth it in the long run. We will not sponsor a project that we do not believe in. In addition to helping you create a solid proposal which will facilitate access to a successful fundraising strategy, our staff also provide overall project development, including guidance with distribution and marketing options and feedback on trailers and rough cuts. 

The Film Society has a special affinity with Bay Area filmmakers but is also well known and well respected nationally and internationally. We meet in person with filmmakers based in the Bay Area and consult by phone and email for those who reside out of state. Since our staff attends numerous film festivals, we are available to meet with filmmakers at various events around the world.

In addition to the one-on-one care the project development & fiscal sponsorship team brings to each project, the Film Society has a full suite of professional-development workshops and classes for filmmakers interested in learning more about fundraising as well as budgeting, legal issues, marketing, theatrical distribution and ancillary markets.