January – 2016


Roy W. Dean Spring 2016 Grant Now Accepting Submissions
Girl From North Country – 2015 Spring Grant Winner
Now in its 23rd year, theRoy W. Dean Film Grantseeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.
The winner receives $3,500 cash and close to $30,000 in donated film products and services they can use to complete their film.
Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes. Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2016.
Each applicant receives a consultaion on their film from Carole Dean or a From the Heart board member.
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Don’t Myth Up Your Crowdfunding Campaign

By Carole Dean
5 Myths to Overcome to Reach Your Funding Goal
At From the Heart Productions, we’re partners with Indiegogo and have helped filmmakers raise over $2 million for their films.
But, that money did not always come easy.  We provide lots of resources to create a successful campaign and fiscal sponsorship  but it took work and dedication from filmmakers.
And that only happened when we got them to let go of the myths they have about crowdfunding.
Myth 1 – You build it and they will come.
Nonsense.  No matter how fantastic a campaign page you create, how important the cause, or how great the concept, you need to bring your crowd to the crowdfunding campaign.

Create A 6 Month Film Funding Goal

Learn How to Make a Successful Action List For Raising Money
You’ve got a great film project, but where are you getting the money?   Do you know what to say in your pitch?   Is the trailer you have generating interest?  Why not?
“Thank you so much for a wonderful class.  What I learned from you and Tom was invaluable”
Kerstin Karlhuber Director “Fair Haven”

The Intentional Filmmaking Class will help you solve those problems, clear mental roadblocks, and put you on the road to getting your film produced.

Over the 4 month class, you will also get instruction from film funding experts on:
  • Creating a killer proposal
  • Closing your donors
  • Finding distribution
Carole Dean teaches the Trailblazer Class for Documentary Filmmakers and is joined by Producer/Author Tom Malloy in the Mastermind Class for Feature or Short Film Filmmakers.
Class is $695, but enroll by February 21st, and save $100 and pay just $595.   Payments can also be arranged by emailing Carole Dean at caroleleedean@gmail.com
Class is limited to just 10 members so enroll soon .
Save an additional $65 if you a grant applicant or are fiscally sponsored by entering code INTENT65 when purchasing the class.

 New Spring Grant Donor Promedia

NY Full Service Production and Post-Production Facility
Welcome to our newest Roy W. Dean Grant donor and supporter of independent filmmakers, Promedia.   Located in Manhattan, projects they’ve recently worked with include the feature “Birdman”, and TV shows “Louie”, and “Blue Bloods”.
President/CEO Joe D’Imperio is offering the grant winner a 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound services as well as the same 40% deduction to all production services….”including our lighting truck.”

Manifesting Money for Your Film Part 2

You’ve probably been manifesting your whole life and never realized it
Did you get the bicycle you always wanted? Did you get a computer you craved?  A new car?  You decided what you wanted, made a plan, and made it happen.  You just didn’t call it manifesting.
Manifesting Money for Your Film Part 2

Creating a pitch package for your film, a website, a business plan, is part of the process of manifesting money for your film.  In her latest video, Carole shows you how to get it done.


New Home for Our Fiscally Sponsored Films

All Our Films Get Their Own Fundraising Page

As a film fiscally sponsored by From the Heart, you can

Documentary U Htein Lin _ Mr. Bright and Shiny

create a page on our funding platform dedicated raising money for your film.

On your page, you can:
  • Add video, pictures, call to actions.
  • Set your own donation amounts.
  • Have donors cover all fees.
We’ve got over 60 films on our site.


This Month On Indiegogo with From The Heart  

Aviatrix is a documentary film about Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, who was one of the first Chinese women to earn a pilots license in the United States during the Golden Age of Aviation.
In Token of Love, an estranged mother and daughter come together through the power of love… and weed. A veteran bent on vengeance for his sister’s killing is visited by angels in Hometown-Salute A Soldier’s Story.  A dark comedy, the short film Irish Goodbye is based on a true story about a self-destructive man and his eccentric community.
View More

Recent Art of Film Funding Podcast interviews include:
Dissecting Docs -What’s Hot to Watch with Carole Dean and Don Schwartz
Hot Marketing Tips for Actors, Screenwriters & Filmmakers with Dr. Melody Jackson, founder of the full-service marketing and consulting firm Smart Girls Productions.
Section 181 35% Tax Rebates for Films in 2015 and 2016with entertainment lawyer Corky Kessler.
In case you missed them, you can access any of the podcasts on our website at The Art of Film Funding Podcast.
Click on book to buy on Amazon.com
The Art of Film Funding is the best selling fundraising book
for independent filmmakers.  With a daily to do list, it puts you on the fast track to financing your film.
What’s new in the 2nd Edition:
  • Secrets to successful crowdfunding
  • How to market your film online
  • Tips for creating a trailer to attract investors.
  • Peter Broderick on new ideas for marketing films
  • Norman Berns on Budgeting
  • Maureen Ryan on Music Rights
  • Michael Donaldson on Fair Use
  • Corky Kessler, Paige Gold and Mark Litwak on Legal
  • Creating your Trailer by Bill Woolery
  • Tom Malloy on Feature Film Funding
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