Crowdfunding Your Film with From the Heart Productions

From the Heart Productions took the lead at the emergence of indie film crowdfunding when Indiegogo asked us to be their partner in 2011.

Since then, we’ve helped filmmakers raise over $3 million for the documentary, feature, short film, and web series projects.   This includes projects crowdfunding with us on Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Seed&Spark, Generosity, and many others. 

You can also use our own successful Fund Your Film fundraising platform. Donors are given the opportunity to cover all your fees and over 60% do right now. Its almost like fundraising for free.  You get to keep all your money whether or not you reach your goal.  

We provide the experience and knowledge of how to get the money you need.  You supply the passion.


“The Coolest Meditation Ever” Documentary hit 398% of Their Goal Crowdfunding with Us.


How We Can Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign a Success

Tax Deductible Donations

In 1993, Carole Dean founded From The Heart Productions as a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping independent films find funding.  

As a non-profit, we offer fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers.   Those that are accepted into our program can accept donations for which the donor receives a tax deduction.   

When you crowdfund under fiscal sponsorship, a tax deduction creates a powerful incentive for your followers and supporters to donate more to your campaign.  

Filmmakers Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan



“Choosing From The Heart Productions as our Fiscal Sponsor has been one of the best decisions we ever made. Not only does Carole Dean have tremendous experience and knowledge at funding films, she has the biggest heart and sincere desire to help you fulfill your dreams. They couldn’t have chosen a better name! “

Producer/Director Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan “The Coverup”



Free Consultation to Help Set Up Your Campaign

Our experienced crowdfunding staff will discuss with you setting up your goals, selecting perks, and improving your  trailer to raise money 

Need Additional Help?  Carole Dean, author of the best selling “The Art of Film Funding, 2nd edition: Alternative Financing Concepts” and president of From the Heart Productions, is available for crowdfunding consultations.

She will review and analyze your project materials and give you a half hour consultation to help you get the results you need.   Cost is $70 and is tax deductible.

Need Kickstarter Help?  We know of Kickstarter campaign genius that we can connect you to. Just email with an outline of your film.

Extra Credibility for Your Film With Donors 

When you are fiscally sponsored by From the Heart, donors will know you’ve been accepted and supported by a respected non-profit organization that for 25 years has funded and nurtured hundreds of films.  

Many of the Roy W. Dean Grant winners have gone on to win awards and have been distributed around the world.

Increased Visibility for Your Project

Our newsletter goes out each month to thousands of our followers which include filmmakers and donors.   We highlight different crowdfunding projects each time.  

Other Benefits of Crowdfunding with From the Heart

Reduced Fiscal Sponsorship Fees

If you are going to work with a fiscal sponsor, we are the only non-profit that offers a reduced fiscal sponsorship fee for funds raised through crowdfunding.   It’s just 5%.

Click here to apply for fiscal sponsorship or click here  for more information on our fiscal sponsorship program

Special Discounts on Film Production Services and Goods

From The Heart Productions founded the Roy W. Dean Film Grant.  The 3 grants each year award nearly $100k in cash and film services each year to filmmakers.  Our generous grant donors have agreed to help our fiscally sponsored films as well.

You will get discounts on camera lens rentals, legal services, hard drives, marketing, and even audio editing.   They are all from nationally recognized individuals and companies.  A full list of the discounts can be found at Fiscally Sponsored Filmmaker Discounts

Help Other Filmmakers Get Their Films Made

A large portion of the fees go to support The Roy W. Dean Grant.  The grant is awarded 3 times a year to films that are unique and make a contribution to society.

These are extraordinary films that have not been able to find the funds to start or need assistance to get finished.  They deal with important, often life changing subjects.  Without the grant, they may not ever get made.

Thanks to those filmmakers that have crowdfunded with us , we’ve been able to double the cash portion of the grant.  You can check out our grants at

For More Information

Each crowdfunding platform is unique and requires different set up procedures when working with a fiscal sponsor.  Please contact to learn how we can work with you and the platform of your choice.