A Grant does SO MUCH MORE than Financing Your Film

A Grant does SO MUCH MORE than Financing Your Film

Often times, there is a very noticeable trend with successful documentary films: they all get the same big grants. A combination of ITVS, Just Films, MacArthur Foundation, Cinereach, Fledgling, Chicken and Egg, and others. Not only are these films funded, but they are seen – at top tier film festivals, on television and sometimes in theaters. How does this happen?You need a great story, and a great pitch. None of these films would be successful if they weren’t telling an interesting or important story. The pitch for your film has to be ultimately engaging and well written, otherwise you don’t have a chance. You have to be able to be very clear about your story, your audience, and your goals. No one buys if it isn’t already sold. Once you get one of these large grants, it’s easier to get others because your project is now a known quantity. If Just Films is has enough confidence in you to fork over a large sum, it will probably instill confidence in other organizations. You also become part of the larger conversation about independent film. Your project is talked about, and you float to the top easier. Getting grants is challenging, but getting that first big grant is the hardest part. One door opens another which opens another. Consider that many of these large granting entities are very well connected and also be funding festivals and programming. For instance, both Cinereach and Ford Foundation support Sundance. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which was produced by Cinereach premiered at Sundance. “My Peristroika” also premiered there, and received funds from Just Films which...
Why Largesse?

Why Largesse?

Largesse means “generosity of spirit or attitude.” In addition to offering knowledge and know how, we offer our passion for your project. We do everything we can to help your film succeed. A few years ago a filmmaker named Jon Reiss came up with the idea that independent filmmakers need to start putting time, money, and attention into marketing their films if they wanted their projects to be successful. He wrote a very influential book called Think Outside the Box Office that has been a part of the shift in the independent film landscape. Considering I enjoyed the marketing aspect of my own feature film High Life a few years prior, it was clear to me that this was an avenue I should pursue. I found an immediate need for my services and have worked as a freelancer and consultant for over five years. It’s time to expand my knowledge and my practice, so, here’s Largesse!...