“Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake,” said renowned New Zealand director Jane Campion at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The New Zealand Film Commission states that between 2011-2016, 19% of feature film development applications that received funding specifically included a female director.
First-time filmmakers can get the short straw in a lot of ways. No one will give you money if you don’t have quality films to show, but to be able to make these films, someone needs to give you some money. Funding your first real feature film is a cheeky catch 22. Let’s assume that you have a final draft of your film that you are happy with. What’s next? – Film funding.