Funding Strategies Playbook



There’s a whole lot of shaping and shifting around the finance side of things in indie film these days. Everything from how/where to find equity, to reducing budgets in line with the marketplace, to what certain talent is “worth”.

But really it’s all about finding how to fill gaps, sometimes gaping holes, in a finance plan to get into production.

It requires aggressive pivoting, new approaches, frameworks, and even mindsets to adapt to the very real challenges in the marketplace.

Funding Strategies Playbook is a course covering the frameworks I’m currently using to finance my films and advise private clients on, plus new business models and approaches that are relevant today.


Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The financing framework I use when onboarding a new project

  • Assessing the market for your project

  • Considering various budget levels

  • Different paths to getting your project made

  • How to vet and approach talent packaging

  • What various finance plans look like

  • How to production plan for the project you have

  • Do co-productions make sense for your project

  • When to use tax incentives and prioritize international over domestic

  • How to approach raising equity

  • Distributor funding models

  • How to leverage debt for closing your finance plan


The course is available on-demand, hosted on Substack, and delivered as seven action-oriented lessons. Plus additional strategic resources and Q+A.

The result: A solid framework to follow and a plan to approach funding for your projects.


Register now for just $199.


About Stacey Parks

Stacey Parks has overseen and been involved in independent film financing, production, and distribution for over 20 years as a sales agent, consultant, producer, and executive producer. She began her career at the William Morris Agency where she spent her tenure in the indie film packaging and financing department, as well as feature film lit, talent, and music. Stacey followed that up with a career in distribution and international sales working for such companies as Icon and BBC Worldwide, until transitioning to producing and exec producing full time. Since then she's been involved in the development, production, and distribution of over a dozen feature films and series. Recent feature producing credits include the films "Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game" starring Mike Faist and Crystal Reed, named by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the top 10 films of 2023. "Miss Virginia" starring Uzo Aduba, Mathew Modine, and Aunjanue Ellis, "Under The Eiffel Tower" starring Matt Walsh, David Wain, and Michaela Watkins, "Fits & Starts" starring Wyatt Cenac and Greta Lee, "Kemba", a BET co-production, starring Nesta Cooper and directed by Kelley Kali, and upcoming projects "Freedom Hair" written and directed by Dianne Houston, "Unsuitable Game" written and directed by Mandie Fletcher and starring Jessica Barden, Sian Clifford and Jessica Brown-Findlay, , and "Don’t Come Over" written and directed by Jane Clark and starring Guinevere Turner, Alexis Knapp, and Alanna Ubach. Recent series projects include "The Upgrade" for Bravo, and "The Big Sip" in collaboration with MediaPro Studios.