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Shaking the Money Tree for Film and Video Fundraising

Oct 06, 2011

Learn about how to prepare yourself for fundraising, develop fundraising trailers for your film, get up to speed on the ins and outs of crowdfunding with sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, and how to organize fundraising house parties, and more.

See also our Knowledge Base Article for more resources: Where can I find grants for film or videomakers?

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Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers that are having difficulty realizing their full potential. He helps them create roadmaps to a better future through strategic planning. His work is characterized by a commitment to the core values of tolerance, thoughtfulness, transparency, and creativity. Warshawski has worked in the field for more than 30 years as an administrator, consultant, facilitator, teacher and writer. He was the Executive Director of two media arts centers (Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project). He has served on numerous grant panels, and consulted with dozens of independent filmmakers on career and fundraising issues. Warshawski is the author of many articles and two books on fundraising, Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants And Donations For Film And Video, 3rd Edition (Wiese Books, LA), and The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause, 2nd Edition. You can find him in cyberspace at


Executive producer and co-director Leah Warshawski is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a BA in Japanese language. She began her film career 10 years ago in Hawaii, managing the marine department for major motion pictures. Since then, Leah has been involved with a variety of film, television, corporate, and commercial projects around the world. She has produced short documentary-style "case study" videos in over 35 countries for Microsoft, BBC, Starbucks, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and every major network on television. She is currently in post-production for a feature documentary called "Film Festival: Rwanda" about a new generation of storytellers in Rwanda. Other recent projects include “Lost”, “Survivor” and a documentary web series about everyday heroes. See more at her website,