I’m Joanne Butcher

Film Business Coach and Consultant

Are you ready to take a leap of faith and make the film you've been dreaming of making?

Have you given any thought to how to make your films financially viable?
Profitable?

Is it time to finally tell the story you were always meant to tell?

I'm Joanne Butcher

Film Business Coach and Consultant

"Are you ready to take a leap of faith and make the film you've been dreaming of making?

Have you given any thought to how to make your films financially viable? Profitable?

Is it time to finally tell the story you were always meant to tell?

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Joanne has a vast library of films she has funded. Take a scroll through some of the films here...

When is comes to getting your film funded, Joanne has all the knowledge you need. The struggle is over, pre-order the book and wait for the magic!

Joanne has a vast library of films she has funded. Take a scroll through some of the films here...

When it comes to getting your film funded, Joanne has all the knowledge you need. Book a call to start your journey to getting your film funded!

EXPERIENCE IN FILM PRODUCTION

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"As an expert in fundraising, Joanne has supported her clients through various channels including investors, major donors, grants , foundations, corporate sponsorships, and over 40 successful crowdfunding campaigns.


Joanne is now putting her experience to the page and has written a book,

”Getting Your Films Funded, Produced and Distributed Globally.”

Our Core Values

Kindness

Most of the filmmakers I work with are making films because they are true artists, and have an important message for the world. We are all the type of people who prefer to treat others with kindness. In particular, Filmmaker Success LLC has no tolerance for intolerance of any kind.
If you are going to run a great set, you will need to practice kindness to your cast and crew, to your investors, or donors and everyone involved in the production.

Strategy

To me, strategy is everything. Part of my story is that I spent 7 years in bed, too sick to work. For the first few years that I was coaching, I was still very ill. This long experience of illness, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, means that I have learned how to use more strategy and less willpower in order to get films made. When it comes to raising money, I am particularly interested in working strategically to raise the most money in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort.

Effectiveness

Making a film and getting it to distribution is a huge task. We look for as many ways as possible to save time, money and resources in order to complete the film in as timely a manner as possible without sacrificing quality. All our films are made for very modest amounts of money and make a great impression despite the budget.

Delivery

Filmmakers often find themselves stuck in certain places and don’t realize that they are not alone. Thousands of other filmmakers are stuck in exactly the same places! My goal is to help filmmakers sail past those stuck places and achieve the goal of delivering their films to a distributor in order to reach the audience. Whether you are stuck at the script stage, production, or post -production, the final step has not been reached until your film is in distribution and available to be seen by audiences.

EXPERIENCE IN FILM PRODUCTION

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As an expert in fundraising, Joanne has supported her clients through various channels including investors, major donors, grants, foundations, corporate sponsorships, and over 40 successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Joanne is now putting her experience to the page and has
written a book, ”Getting Your Films Funded, Produced and Distributed Globally.”

Our Core Values

Kindness

Most of the filmmakers I work with are making films because they are true artists, and have an important message for the world. We are all the type of people who prefer to treat others with kindness. In particular, Filmmaker Success LLC has no tolerance for intolerance of any kind.
If you are going to run a great set, you will need to practice kindness to your cast and crew, to your investors, or donors and everyone involved in the production.

Strategy

To me, strategy is everything. Part of my story is that I spent 7 years in bed, too sick to work. For the first few years that I was coaching, I was still very ill. This long experience of illness, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, means that I have learned how to use more strategy and less willpower in order to get films made. When it comes to raising money, I am particularly interested in working strategically to raise the most money in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort.

Effectiveness

Making a film and getting it to distribution is a huge task. We look for as many ways as possible to save time, money and resources in order to complete the film in as timely a manner as possible without sacrificing quality. All our films are made for very modest amounts of money and make a great impression despite the budget.

Delivery

Filmmakers often find themselves stuck in certain places and don’t realize that they are not alone. Thousands of other filmmakers are stuck in exactly the same places! My goal is to help filmmakers sail past those stuck places and achieve the goal of delivering their films to a distributor in order to reach the audience. Whether you are stuck at the script stage, production, or post -production, the final step has not been reached until your film is in distribution and available to be seen by audiences.

Make Movies. Make Money. Make the World a Better Place.

Filmmakers are the most creative people in the world. Whether you write, produce, direct, act, compose scores, storyboard (the list goes on!), I truly believe that you have a unique story to tell and that that story can change the world.

Where I most often see independent filmmakers (second and third feature filmmakers
not excluded) struggle, though, is in turning that creativity into a well-made, successful, and financially viable film.

And that's where I come in.

With my experience in marketing, fundraising, and producing, I have guided clients through writing Nicholl's award-winning scripts, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, producing the films they've always dreamed of, and transforming their overall thought processes around creating.

My clients currently have 13 films in distribution, with 5 more on the way later this year. Others have nationwide programming on PBS, and many are working on internationally produced documentary and narrative feature films.

The struggle is OVER, after reading this book the path to funding your first Block Buster will be CLEAR!

Make Movies. Make Money. Make the World a Better Place.

Filmmakers are the most creative people in the world. Whether you write, produce, direct, act, compose scores, storyboard (the list goes on!), I truly believe that you have a unique story to tell and that that story can change the world.

Where I most often see independent filmmakers (second and third feature filmmakers

not excluded) struggle, though, is in turning that creativity into a well-made, successful, and financially viable film.

And that's where I come in.

With my experience in marketing, fundraising, and producing, I have guided clients through writing Nicholl's award-winning scripts, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, producing the films they've always dreamed of, and transforming their overall thought processes around creating.

My clients currently have 13 films in distribution, with 5 more on the way later this year. Others have nationwide programming on PBS, and many are working on internationally produced documentary and narrative feature films.

My B.U.L.L.E.T.P.R.O.O.F coaching program helps you HEAL from a lifetime of NARCISISTIC ABUSE.

The struggle is OVER, after reading this book the path to

funding your first Block Buster will be CLEAR!

Do you want the secret to getting you film funded?

Inside this book I will reveal the answers to all your questions, the secrets to getting your film funded & distributed globally. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and tools the raise the money you need to make a film that sets the world on fire! This is my 'Film Box Office S.U.C.C.E.S.S Formula' Click the button below to start your journey to film funding success...

Do you want the secret to getting you film funded?

Inside this book I will reveal the answers to all your questions, the secrets to getting your film funded & distributed globally. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and tools the raise the money you need to make a film that sets the world on fire! This is my 'Film Box Office S.U.C.C.E.S.S Formula' Click the button below to start your journey to film funding success...

Testimonials

“Joanne is AMAZING!  She’s the Filmmaker Whisper!”

- Lonnie Frazier

"Joanne Butcher has been instrumental in helping me understand the business side of filmmaking. Without her mentorship, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She has saved me years of treading water when it comes to making movies."

- Moez Solis

“When I began working with Joanne 18 months ago-- seven years into my film career-- I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make it as an independent filmmaker. Years of under-earning and a lack of any real business plan had shattered my confidence and kept me looping in a place of fear. Joanne challenged my belief that it's "all about story" and that every independent film is a massive boulder to push uphill. She helped me understand the market, get smarter about my finances, trust my skills, and find my voice. It's been a long road, but my work and life is vibrating at a higher level now than ever before. I am so grateful to Joanne for helping me get there”.

- Dewi Marquis

“Joanne Butcher is someone who I now consider to be family because she has heard all my most intimate thoughts and my most intimate fears.  She has guided me to an empowered place, not just as a creative, but also a business person too. I’m from a small island and Joanne has helped me find my way in the global community.”

- Jared Prima

Testimonials

“Joanne is AMAZING!  She’s the Filmmaker Whisper!”

- Lonnie Frazier

"Joanne Butcher has been instrumental in helping me understand the business side of filmmaking. Without her mentorship, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She has saved me years of treading water when it comes to making movies."

- Moez Solis

“When I began working with Joanne 18 months ago-- seven years into my film career-- I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make it as an independent filmmaker. Years of under-earning and a lack of any real business plan had shattered my confidence and kept me looping in a place of fear. Joanne challenged my belief that it's "all about story" and that every independent film is a massive boulder to push uphill. She helped me understand the market, get smarter about my finances, trust my skills, and find my voice. It's been a long road, but my work and life is vibrating at a higher level now than ever before. I am so grateful to Joanne for helping me get there”.

- Dewi Marquis

“Joanne Butcher is someone who I now consider to be family because she has heard all my most intimate thoughts and my most intimate fears.  She has guided me to an empowered place, not just as a creative, but also a business person too. I’m from a small island and Joanne has helped me find my way in the global community.”

- Jared Prima

Would you like to fund, produce, and distribute your own feature film?

Are you trying to raise money for your film?

Looking for someone to help you navigate through the film industry?

Have you been chasing creative success?

Do you have what it takes to step up your filmmaking game?

Finance, Production, Fundraising

Where Do I Find Investors

For My Film?

June 12th, 2023

This is one of the most common questions filmmakers ask. “How do I meet investors?” “Where are they?”...

Finance, Production, Fundraising

Where Do I Find Investors

For My Film?

June 12th, 2023

This is one of the most common questions filmmakers ask. “How do I meet investors?” “Where are they?”...

TESTIMONIALS

"Joanne has guided me to a place where I can understand how I want to create art."

“Joanne has guided me to a place where I can understand how I want to create art, and how to think of myself not just as a creative artist, but as a viable business person. Joanne has helped me to understand my art, understand who I am, and understand that I am worthy of calling myself a filmmaker – which I do confidently now. “

- Jared Prima

"Right now our film is in distribution and festivals around the world."

"My partner and I were in development on a project when we met Joanne and started working with her and she has helped us through every step of the way. Right now our film is in distribution and festivals around the world. And we really couldn't have done it without her. So I'm always so excited when we get a new client on board because I get to tell them personally, all the success we've had with Joanne. Besides the business aspects of things, the technical sides of things, learning more about the industry through her I think one of the biggest, most helpful parts of working with her has been the personal relationship, having a cheerleader and someone to support you through what can be a really hard process emotionally sharing something that means so much to you and creating art."

-Alexandra Loreth

"Since I started working with Joanne, I have become wonderful at pitching at a moment's notice"

"Hi, I'm Tatiana Bacchus is from the Philadelphia area. And I'm here to recommend Joanne Butcher as a film consultant. Before I started working with Joanne, I really didn't speak about film from a business perspective only from the creative perspective. And I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. Since I started working with Joanne, I have become wonderful at pitching at a moment's notice. And I understand that I need to be able to not just talk about the creative part of my project, but also the business part where I am where I'm going to talk about the money and then follow through. So at every point, Joanne helps you structure, structure structure, and she adds that for you as and she adds an enormous wealth of resources that I would have never been able to find without working with her. So if you are listening, and you want to know what it's like working with Joanne I would say it's instantaneously life changing. So you're gonna get so much bang for your buck if you work with Joanne."

-Tatiana Bacchus

"She really helped help me make my first feature film & got me through that whole process"

"Hi, I'm K. Pontuti. I'm an artist, filmmaker, and educator. And I have been working with Joanne Butcher and have just loved the process and gotten so much out of it. You know, she really helped help me make my first feature film got me through that whole process and now we're working on our second one, and I would highly recommend working with her. Joanne brings to the table this really incredible commitment to her clients and her availability and the ability to really hone into, our specific needs. The Filmmaker Success group and everything around that, it's just been fantastic. I definitely owe so much to her and I really value her as an advisor and a friend.

-K. Pontuti, Director, Media X, University of the Pacific

"I highly recommend working with Joanne. I'm so grateful for her and all of her wisdom."

"Hey filmmakers, my name is Dewi Marquis. I'm a director, editor, independent filmmaker out of Boulder, Colorado. And I am so excited for all of you that you have this opportunity to connect with Joanne today. Joanne came into my life about three or four years ago, and at that time, I had been pushing this massive feature documentary up a very steep hill. I had a misconception about my worth, and my abilities as a filmmaker, director, editor, not only on the independent side, but also as a person for hire. And I was really struggling at that time to make ends meet, and figure out how to pursue this art that I love so much in a way that actually sustains me as a human being and a mother. Since then, I've been able to get on the other side of it. And, you know, it's always work. We're always going to have our defaults and our critical voices in our heads, but she really helped hold up a mirror so that I could see where I wanted to transform as a filmmaker, and a person. Joanne's work wasn't just focused on the business, although that was among the most helpful ways that she guided me, but she was also focused on me as a person on the emotional sides of this work and even the spiritual path. And I'm so grateful for her for showing up in all of those ways that so many of us need extra support and guidance. So if you are ready to step into a new space and see where that path takes you, I highly recommend working with Joanne. I'm so grateful for her and all of her wisdom."

-Dewi Marquis

"Wow! That's what it feels like to be a real storyteller!"

"I worked with Joanne last year on my feature animation project. I was eager to get started and Joanne had all the materials ready for me for the consultations. She was always upbeat, practical, told you the hard truth but gave you tools and guidance on how to improve your project, your pitch and your confidence all with a brilliant smile! I learned some very valuable lessons, and got really great at pitching my story. I knew my story so well that recently at an evening party, drinking margaritas, someone asked me about it out of the blue. I told the story without hesitation in a very engaging way that people gathered to hear what I was saying. They enjoyed my story and I thought to myself, "Wow! That's what it feels like to be a real storyteller!" I highly recommend working with Joanne and going through the process. It is work but you need to do it, you need to know if your story is marketable and you need to know your story, cold."

-Sharon Contillo, President, Women in Film, New England

"Joanne is an engaging writer with many interesting stories to tell as well as creating a roadmap that any filmmaker can follow"

"If you are waiting for your film to get made, Joanne Butcher's book, "Getting your film funded,"  shows you how to stop waiting and make your dreams a reality. There are many books on writing, directing and filmmaking, but I have not found any other book that provides a producer with both realistic costs and sales prices for independent films. Joanne holds nothing back in her personal story, where she battled with intense migraines leaving her bedridden for many years or with the nuts and bolts of what financial returns are probable for an independent film. The chapters break down everything needed to help producers create a clear picture to success. Joanne is candid in her evaluation of which genres a first time filmmaker should and should not produce and includes many interesting case studies on both successful and unsuccessful producers. Just reading these pages gave me a sense of empowerment, as there was information included that is usually invisible to the general public. Joanne is an engaging writer with many interesting stories to tell as well as creating a roadmap that any filmmaker can follow to move their project from page to production and most importantly to distribution. I was able to read through this book in less than one day, but I am sure I will refer back time and time again.”

-Sharon Tosten

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