Artist Development

Project Development & Fiscal Sponsorship

The Last Season directed by Sara Dosa
The Film Society is dedicated to supporting emerging and established filmmakers. Our Project Development & Fiscal Sponsorship program is designed to help you step-by-step through the process of getting your film funded, made and seen. 

When you apply for Fiscal Sponsorship, you are beginning the process of preparing your project proposal for funding organizations. At the Film Society, we want to ensure that you and your project are likely candidates for funding, and we work with you until your proposal reaches a competitive level. Sometimes this means submitting multiple proposal drafts before we accept you for Fiscal Sponsorship. We will not sponsor a project that we do not believe in. In addition to helping you create a solid proposal which will facilitate access to a successful fundraising strategy, our staff also provides project development support, including guidance with distribution and marketing options and feedback on trailers and rough cuts.

Fiscal Sponsorship allows filmmakers to capitalize on the Film Society's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and solicit funds from a wide range of sources–notably government, foundation, corporate, and private entities. All applicants to this program must be SFFS Filmmaker Pro members. We can extend Fiscal Sponsorship to any entity (meaning an individual or a business) that has a United States IRS-issued Social Security number, tax ID or EIN and a valid U.S. mailing address.

The Film Society has a special place in the Bay Area filmmaking community, but our Fiscal Sponsorship & Project Developlment program is recognized nationally and internationally. We meet in person with filmmakers based in the Bay Area and consult by phone and email for those who reside out of state. Since our staff attends numerous film festivals, we are available to meet with filmmakers at various events around the world.