7 Film Startups Every Filmmaker Should Know

Startups seem to be booming all around the country lately. Los Angeles and Orange County are starting to become a hot spot, and recently a new name was coined for the startup community in Santa Monica: Silicon Beach

As part of my job, I get to film investor screenings and learn from entrepreneurs who are creating the next big thing. Most of the startups I get to see  are tech or medical related. So, this got me thinking about ‘film startups’ and why there isn’t more activity in this space. However, I was quickly proven wrong and found a good number of startups in this space. A full list can be found here.

Below I highlight some of the exciting startups that are creating solutions for filmmakers and creating a better future for filmmaking. However, before you get too exited remember that CONTENT IS KING. Technological innovations will always continue to bring new opportunities, but only the best stories will benefit the most.


1.Seed & Spark


A new ecosystem that has potential to be a game changer.

What is it: “Seed&Spark is a beginning-to-end solution for filmmakers and their audience. You can use the site to fund, promote and watch films. Filmmakers crowd fund their projects in the Studio using the WishList – a wedding registry for film production where supporters can buy or loan specific items.”

NoFilmSchool Recently interviewed their CEO, Emily Best. Here

2. Slated


This guys are forward thinkers, setting out to revolutionize how movies get funded.

What is it: “Slated is an online marketplace for film financing and dealmaking — connecting a global network of investors, filmmakers and industry professionals.

For filmmakers, Slated is a platform to promote viable films to an engaged audience. For investors and the industry, Slated provides access to qualified filmmakers and leading organizations to facilitate targeted introductions and help discover viable projects.”

Most of these investors are qualified investors who will seek to reduce their risk. Looking at their funded projects, and you can take a guess that they are doing quite a bit of research.  Looks like Comedy is safe way to start. Who doesn’t like to laugh?

NoFilmSchool interviewed their CEO, Duncan Cork. Here

 Fund Your Feature Film


Website: http://slated.com/

Capital Funding Stage: Round B
$2 M via CrunchBase

If you are interested on the benefits in investing in films rather then tech startups check out this blog. “Top 5 Reasons why Indies are like startups”. The writer is a savvy investor who has some great insight into why investing in films can be a good idea.

3. Tugg



Tugg is a web-platform that lets YOU bring the movies you want to your local theater.

What is it: “Tugg Inc. is a collective action platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters. Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event is confirmed, and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show.”

There looking for internships too.



Website: http://www.tugg.com/

4. Junto Box Films



 Devoted to finding and funding new, fresh, and untold stories.

What is it: “A the collaborative film studio that unites social development with traditional film production including financing and distribution. JuntoBox creators, filmmakers, and film fans present ideas to the community that are vetted through a patented methodology revealing the best talent and scripts using your network our network and globally?ultimately producing and distributing a number of feature films annually under $2.5m.



5. VHX


Sell your work directly from your own website, with no rights restrictions.

What is it: “VHX is an online digital distribution platform that helps independent artists sell video content and connect directly with their fans. VHX allows artists to sell content directly from their own website, providing direct assistance with design, social media integration, SEO optimization, and analytics tools.”



Website: http://www.vhx.tv/ 

Capital Funding Stage: Seed
$1.25 via CrunchBase

6. CineCoup


 A disruptive model for indie filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films

What is it: “A film accelerator that leverages the social web, along with broadcast, sponsor, theatrical/channel partners to de-risk new ideas, build audiences early and discover new talent. Leverage analytics and proven dimeRocker tech stack to move film process from waterfall to agile business model.”




Website: http://www.cinecoup.com/

Funding Stage: Seed
$350 K via CrunchBase



7.Film Break


Taking data-driven marketing to another level to connect film fans with filmmakers

What is it: “FilmBreak offers an integrated marketing and distribution platform that allows filmmakers to actively build, engage and monetize their online audience. FilmBreak’s key differentiator is Audience ID, a proprietary data set that provides unprecedented insights into audience demographics and taste profiles. FilmBreak’s clients are able to leverage these insights to optimize their marketing efforts and deliver targeted content.”

Visit them online at at www.filmbreak.com.