Looking to get your fiction film financed? Join us in this live, three-hour Master Class led by Caroline von Kuhn, Director of Industry and Catalyst, an Institute program that connects independent investors to filmmakers to partner on ambitious new films and to grow the community of indie-film supporters. Caroline will lead an engaging conversation about how to navigate the diverse and sometimes daunting paths to funding your feature project. She will be joined by producers, financier, lawyer and sales agent who will share their expertise on the current funding landscape and specific strategy and tactics that emerging filmmakers can employ to fund their next project.

Topics presented will include:

  • Current trends in fiction financing
  • The role of producer, lawyer, agent and investor in film financing
  • US and international funding case studies
  • What materials to share with potential funding partners (and when to share them!)
  • What investors look for and how to work with them


Download the list of resources from Caroline Von Kuhn, Giancarlo Nasi, Jennifer Dana, Ryan Zacarias and Sundance Collab

Sundance Collab Master Classes are open and free of charge to all members as a live event. Sessions are recorded and posted within 24 hours to the event page, where it will be available to all members for 48 hours. After that, on-demand access to the recording is available only to Creator+ and Course Pass members. Sign up today to get a free 30-day trial Creator+ Membership.

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Director of Industry and Catalyst at Sundance Institute
Caroline von Kuhn is the Director of Industry and Catalyst at Sundance Institute. Prior to this, Caroline was Director of Artist Development at the SFFILM (San Francisco Film Society) where she launched SFFILM Invest. She was a Co-Founder of the Points North Institute with Ben Fowlie and Sean Flynn—which produces the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF)—after coming from the Tribeca Film Festival, running the industry department after four years in publicity. more...
Jennifer Dana serves as President and oversees the production of 3311's films. She began her career working in the New York theater industry after attending Yale. Prior to joining 3311, Dana Executive Produced IT FOLLOWS and worked in the Packaging, Finance, and Distribution department at The Gersh Agency. more...
Jessica Lacy is a partner and head of the international and independent film department at ICM Partners. She leads her department in structuring and arranging financing, packaging, and securing distribution for independent films. more...
Giancarlo Nasi
Awarded with a scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and graduated with a B.A. in Political Sciences and a M.A. in Intellectual Property Law at Sciences Po Paris, France. He also attended the Film School, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and obtained a Film and TV Production degree at the Catholic University of Chile and a Filmmaking degree at University of Chile.
Recently named to Variety’s “2022 Legal Impact Report,” Sophia Yen provides business strategy and legal services to a wide range of stakeholders in the entertainment industry – from smaller production companies and high net worth individuals, to larger companies, financial institutions and studios, both domestically and abroad. She is known and sought out for her expertise in structuring equity and debt financing deals, which includes several documentaries and independent films which have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, and Tribeca in recent years. more...
Based in Los Angeles, Zacarias’ films include Michael Tully’s SEPTIEN and PING PONG SUMMER, Matt Porterfield’s I USED TO BE DARKER and SOLLERS POINT, Rick Alverson’s ENTERTAINMENT, and Jonas Carpignano’s MEDITERRANEA and A CIAMBRA (Exec Produced by Martin Scorsese). more...

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