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How to write your Short Film Funding Proposal

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Components of a Short Film Funding Proposal

There is no one-size-fits-all template for a short film funding proposal. Proposal Kit templates can be customized as needed to fit any situation using the extensive chapter template library. Here are some key chapters typically included in this type of template. Use this template as your starting point and customize it as needed using the software included with each Proposal Pack or the Professional bundle.

Cover Letter

The Cover Letter serves as the opening of your proposal, introducing your project to potential investors or sponsors. It should briefly explain the purpose of the proposal and why funding is being sought for your short film, setting the tone for the rest of the document.


The Introduction chapter provides an overview of your short film project. It's important to capture the reader's interest by summarizing the film's concept and significance, and why it stands out from other projects.


In the Synopsis chapter, you offer a concise summary of your short film's storyline. This includes the main plot points and key elements that will engage potential backers by giving them a clear understanding of the film's content.

Production Plan

The Production Plan outlines how you intend to bring the short film to life. This includes details on the stages of production, timelines, and key milestones, ensuring that investors see a structured and feasible plan.


The Promotion chapter details your marketing and promotional strategies. Describe how you will attract audiences to your short film, including any planned advertising, social media campaigns, or public relations efforts.


In the Staffing chapter, you list the key personnel involved in the production. Mention their roles, qualifications, and experience, demonstrating that your team has the expertise to complete the project successfully.


The Treatment chapter gives a detailed narrative of the film, including character development and major scenes. It's more in-depth than the synopsis and provides potential funders with a deeper insight into the story.

Production Schedule

The Production Schedule provides a detailed timeline of the production process from pre-production to post-production. It includes specific dates and deadlines to show that the project is well-planned and time-bound.

Plot Outline

The Plot Outline chapter breaks down the story into its main events and sequences. It offers a structured view of the plot, helping potential funders understand the progression of the film's narrative.


The Samples chapter includes any sample scenes, dialogues, or visual references that can give funders a taste of the film's style and tone. This helps to visualize the end product.


In the Resources chapter, detail the tools, equipment, and facilities needed to produce the short film. This demonstrates that you have considered all necessary elements for production.

Artists Statement

The Artists Statement is where the director or lead creative explains their vision for the film. This personal touch helps funders connect with the artistic intent of the project.

Sources of Funds

The Sources of Funds chapter lists other financial contributions or support you have already secured. It reassures potential investors that the project has backing and reduces their perceived risk.

Funding Request

In the Funding Request chapter, specify the amount of money you need and how it will be used. Be clear and precise about your financial needs and how the funds will be allocated to different aspects of production.


The Budget chapter provides a detailed breakdown of all costs associated with the production. This should include everything from equipment rentals to post-production costs, showing that you have a clear financial plan.

Project Summary

The Project Summary offers a brief recap of the entire proposal, highlighting key points about the film, the production plan, and the funding request. It's a quick reference for potential funders who want an overview.

About Us

In the About Us chapter, provide background information on your production company or team. Highlight past projects and achievements to build credibility and trust with potential funders.


The Resume chapter includes resumes of key team members, showcasing their experience and qualifications. This adds another layer of assurance that your team is capable of executing the project.


The Distribution chapter outlines your plan for getting the short film to audiences. Detail strategies for festival submissions, digital distribution, or partnerships with distributors to show how the film will reach viewers.


In the Talent chapter, list the actors and any notable figures involved in the production. Highlight their previous work to emphasize the quality and appeal of your cast.

Examples of projects a Short Film Funding Proposal may be used for

This document can be used in many contexts and has various uses depending on the needs. Depending on your situation, customize the chapter list as needed using a Proposal Pack or the Professional bundle.

  • Proposing funding for a new short film project.
  • Seeking investment from film festivals.
  • Approaching private investors for film financing.
  • Applying for film production grants.
  • Partnering with production companies.
  • Submitting to crowdfunding platforms.
  • Pitching to film studios.
  • Requesting support from art councils.
  • Seeking sponsorship from brands or corporations.
  • Proposing collaboration with educational institutions.
  • Applying for community arts funding.
  • Seeking in-kind donations of equipment or services.
  • Requesting financial support from cultural organizations.
  • Proposing to film financing agencies.
  • Securing funding from entertainment networks.
  • Pitching to film investment groups.
  • Partnering with non-profit organizations.
  • Submitting to international film funding bodies.


Also Known As

The Short Film Funding Proposal may also be referred to in different ways or be used in more specialized situations, such as:

  • Film Investment Proposal
  • Movie Funding Request
  • Film Production Plan
  • Short Film Budget Proposal
  • Film Project Financing
  • Movie Production Proposal
  • Film Sponsorship Request
  • Short Movie Plan
  • Film Grant Proposal
  • Movie Funding Application



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Chapter Templates Used in the Short Film Funding Proposal

Cover Letter, Title Page, Table of Contents, Introduction, Synopsis, Production Plan, Promotion, Staffing, Treatment, Production Schedule, Plot Outline, Samples, Resources, Artists Statement, Sources of Funds, Funding Request, Budget, Project Summary, About Us, Resume, Distribution, Talent, Back Page

You use this this proposal for

  • General business proposal
  • Non-technical proposal
  • Project pitch proposal
  • Business plan, loan, investor funding proposal
  • Entertainment or event planning proposal

How to create the Short Film Funding Proposal with Proposal Pack Wizard

You can create this document using any of the logo-designed Proposal Packs. Pick any Proposal Pack with a logo design theme you like best; they will all work equally well. The Proposal Pack for Any Business is the pack with no extra added logos or colors - designed to be used plain or for you to customize with your logos and graphics.

The Proposal Pack design theme you purchase will determine the visual look of this template. The screenshot above only shows the plain generic design theme. Names and stories in examples are fictional; however, the templates are from real client use cases.

We include a library of chapters to be assembled based on your needs. All proposals are different and have different needs and goals. We designed Proposal Pack so you can customize the documents to suit your needs.

You will best create this document using the Proposal Pack Wizard - Expert Edition software to select this template and build it in the Proposal Pack logo design theme of your choice along with any desired customizations (such as adding additional chapters, removing unneeded chapters, changing the order of chapters, and importing your company logo). This template outlines a proposal for the described situation. Each user is responsible for typing in the actual content of the provided pages with their information to complete the proposal.

You create this template using the Wizard software with an entire Proposal Pack library and software. We include the Expert Edition of the software in the Proposal Kit Professional bundle. Microsoft Word for Windows is required to use the customizing software.

You can also edit Word document templates in other office software such as Word for Mac. We will assist Mac users in assembling this template - Short Film Funding Proposal - for their first project if they do not have the required platform to run the Wizard software.

We typically include more chapters in the templates than most people will need to give everyone more variety in the chapters they may need. You can trim down a long template by removing pages you do not need or combining multiple chapter topics into one page.

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Many people find the Proposal Kit website after searching for a specific proposal. Once you've purchased and installed the software, how do you build that template you found in the first place? This video shows you how to build any proposal you see on the Proposal Kit website.

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