MPI's Fiscal Sponsorship Program is appropriate for filmmakers raising funds for non-commercial projects that advance MPI's educational mission of promoting freedom through film. This is not a grant program, rather it enables participating filmmakers to raise funds. By "borrowing" MPI's tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, filmmakers and their supporters enjoy substantial tax benefits.
MPI provides significant administrative support for fiscally sponsored projects, including receiving and managing funds, handling associated paperwork, and more. MPI may also offer customized support such as production or marketing assistance. In such instances, filmmakers benefit from MPI's expertise, contacts, reputation, and proven fundraising ability.
MPI is a highly respected organization with a track record of supporting exceptional freedom-oriented films. The credibility and prestige associated with an MPI affiliation enhances filmmakers' ability to raise funds and to promote and market their projects. Download the Fiscal Sponsorship FAQ here.
Crowdfunding has become an increasingly important source of financing for independent film. By spreading the word and creating buzz through social media, filmmakers can attract a large number of small donations to their projects, sometimes raising significant funds in just a few weeks.
To facilitate its filmmakers' fundraising endeavors, MPI assists with crowdfunding on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo for a small 2.5% administrative fee. MPI has formed a special partnership with Indiegogo under which filmmakers pay lower rates to Indiegogo than they would otherwise, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. If using Indiegogo, filmmakers must run a flexible-funding campaign, which allows them to keep whatever money they raise, even if it is less than their goal. Kickstarter only allows for fixed-funding campaigns, meaning a filmmaker must hit the campaign goal to keep any backers' funds. MPI must approve all campaign page materials before any of its fiscally-sponsored pages may go live.
“Getting that first script produced is always difficult. I am very grateful to MPI and the MPI board members, who believed in me and in the importance of the project.”Myrna Sokoloff, MPI filmmaker