A private film financing and dealmaking community designed to enable interaction between filmmakers, investors, and the film industry. Find out more about us.
Slated is a community of peers that consists of:
Nothing at all. It’s free.
Yes. Everyone can join and become a member. At first, all members will be UNVERIFIED. As an UNVERIFIED members you can:
If you are signing up as an investor, you will need to satisfy certain eligibility requirements, such as financial sophistication and accreditation to achieve Investor status. Click Investors on the menu on the right to find out more.
Verification takes as long as it takes for your collegues to vouch for you. It can take minutes, days or weeks.
When you ask two members to verify you, we send an email to their actual email address. In the email, they will be prompted to VOUCH, DON'T VOUCH, or indicate that they DON'T KNOW you.
Once they click VOUCH, their verfication is instant. You need two people to do that to become VERIFIED.
There are many reasons why a member may or may not vouch for you. Some may be busy, some of the emails may have gone into their SPAM folder, and some may not have worked with you in a professional capactiy and therefore can't vouch for you. It is important not to assume that because you met them once at a film festival, they will automatically vouch for you professionally.
If you cannot find two members now, the community is growing daily. So do log in again to check if you know anyone new that could vouch for you.
You will be asked to link other social networks on the final step of the application process. Linking social networks only finds friends who are already members of Slated.
If you are linked to any members, add them as your vouchers.
If you are not linked to anyone, browse the members to find those you know, and go back to your personal profile and add them by clicking Get Verified. You will need to know the email address they used to sign up to Slated. But remember that members may have several email addresses. If you do not know the email address they used, ask them directly.
You cannot substitute vouch requests. If you use all 5, and no-one responds, you will need the member that will vouch for you to go onto their Slated homepage (not their profile page), and enter your email address (the one you used to sign up to Slated) into the field provided.
Feature films (budgets $500K–$15M+) and documentaries with broad commercial appeal (budgets $250K–$2M). The films are “packaged” with some or all of the following:
Most of the films require production capital, but some are complete or near completion, and are seeking finishing funds and/or distribution financing.
You may encourage as many people as you want. Everyone is welcome.
You can email us at team with any more questions or suggestions. But continue reading...the answer may be in here.
At Slated, we value your privacy. We don't want you to be inundated with messages from people you don't know. So here's how this works:
When someone tracks you, you can message them. If you track them back, they can message you. A person may track you because they are interested in what you are up to. They then get alerted to anything you do on the site such as tracking other people, posting a status update, or listing a film. It works in a similar way to being a ‘friend’ on Facebook or ‘following’ someone on Twitter or connecting with someone on LinkedIn. Although this network is for the film industry only.
If you do not know the person, and you are not interested in tracking them or what they're up to, then you do not need to track them back.
Remember though, if someone tracks you, you can message them. So for example, if an investor tracks you, or your film, you can send them a message to open up a dialogue.
If you track someone, they can message you. By tracking members, you are also subscribing to receive their activity updates, which will appear in your activity feed on our homepage.
The trackers box on member profile pages will show you how many trackers the member has and who they are. Slated can send an alert to let members know when someone new tracks them. To do so, edit your email preferences to notify you when you have a new tracker or to turn these notifications on (by default they are off).
There is no way to send a request for other users to follow you on Slated.
The best way to build your network on Slated is to engage with people, track others who you find interesting or meaningful to you, and be an active part
of the Slated community by reading and posting high-quality information.
Yes! You can untrack other accounts at any time by clicking the UNTRACK button found throughout the site and various emails. Slated does not send
a notification when you untrack someone.
No. Tracking on Slated isn't mutual. Someone who thinks you're interesting can track you, but you don't have to track him or her back. Check out their profile first to see if you have a reason to allow them to message you.
You can have an unlimited number of members tracking you. However, Slated has tracking and introduction limits for site stability and to control abuse.
An account alert will be triggered if:
You can read more about this under our Community Guidelines.
For seasoned financiers, Slated offers a new pipeline of high-quality film projects; a suite of controls to manage your deal flow and ease administrative burden; a way to diversify your investment portfolio; and a simple way to network and stay in touch with the market for new and upcoming films.
You can use the introductions our community provides to progress the relationship to the point where an investment can be executed directly between users. In addition, while anyone can create a profile on Slated,
to achieve Investor status, you must get over two thresholds:
Request an introduction directly on the film’s profile page.
“Tracking” a film lets you passively receive news updates related to the film. “Getting an Intro” lets you communicate directly with the filmmakers. “Intro” settings are controlled by both the filmmakers and investors.
Filmmakers receive an email that an investor is interested in the project. It is then the filmmaker’s choice to reach out if they’re interested in discussing the project further with you.
Deal terms will vary. All negotiations and discussion of deal terms take place directly between you and the filmmakers.
No. First, your contact information is kept private. This is very important to us. Second, filmmakers can email you only if you track their film project, or if you and they share a contact who facilitates an introduction. Further, filmmakers can email you only once about a project if you don’t respond.
Yes. You can block any users from contacting you by changing your privacy settings or using the controls within the correspondence.
Slated helps you find the people necessary to get your film packaged, financed, represented and sold (distributed). The Slated community includes high net worth individuals and institutional investors in film, as well as sales agents and distributors looking for emerging film projects.
Anyone can submit a film. However, experienced filmmakers and producers who have been commercially successful, critically acclaimed, and/or have had at least one breakout festival success are more likely to have their films accepted and published on Slated.
Members can submit a film for free.
You complete one profile for yourself and a separate profile for your film project. You become the ‘owner’ of that film project profile and can add administrators to it.
To apply to list your film you will need:
Films must meet the following submission criteria:
Films are published based on the strength of the "package" including:
Once the film is submitted to us, we aim to get back to you within 1 week. The amount of time depends on the number of films in the queue. We receive hundreds of applications a month so sometime this could take up to 3 weeks.
Most films are unfortunately not suitable for Slated, and we only publish a select few. Due to the volume that do apply, we do not provide feedback for the films that we deny. The primary reason we do deny an application is due to the film package not being complete enough for us to properly assess the commercial viability and investment return potential.
NOTE: Slated aims to be as objective a marketplace as viably possible. However, we do prioritize our community's desire for access to quality over helping a larger quantity of films find finance. We believe that will lead to a sustainable investment and professional community which should benefit everyone in the long term.
Films that are earlier in the packaging process, and approved, are usually being put together by teams that have demonstrated their ability to produce commercially viable films in the past.
Films that are approved that are later in the packaging process are usually by teams that, regardless of their experience, have demonstrated enough momentum to assure us that their film is an inevitability and the other people with experience being involved in commercially viable films in the past, are willing to participate in your film.
We approve all films that have a Slated-approved Company listed in the Affiliated Companies section of the film application.
For more information on how the industry assess films, please read our FILM PACKAGING SERIES on Filmonomics. Here we discuss how the industry assess film packages based on Genre, Budgets, Cast, Team, and Financing.
Unfortunately not all films are a fit for Slated investors. Of the 50,000 films made each year, 95% of them will never make a return for their equity investors. So until we are an open marketplace, Slated reserves the right to publish films based on their commercial viability, i.e. filmmakers must demonstrate their project has the potential to make a return on investment.
Film packages that will not be approved generally:
Begin the process when you want the industry and our community to start tracking your film. Ideally, this should be once the project is “packaged”
(i.e. finished script, talent attachments, partial financing in place, etc.), which is the stage that appeals to most of our community’s investors and industry professionals. You can also submit a film requiring finishing funds or distribution financing. In all scenarios, you should submit when you feel you can demonstrate momentum behind your film now and in the near term.
Remember, your film can remain 'unsubmitted' until you have all the elements in place. And once it's live, you have control over when the profile is seen and who sees it.
We encourage, but do not require, all people attached to your project to create a Slated account as this will help spread the word of your film - within the Slated community and beyond. If an investor, actor or crew member does sign up to Slated, they will have done so on their own accord, and for their own motivations. They will become members of the community and would have agreed to the same terms and conditions you agreed to upon signing up.
Filmmakers listing films on Slated should have already created a line-item budget. But we know that your budget may vary according to production location, talent attachments, etc. So you will be able to edit your financial information at any time. Users tracking your project will be automatically alerted to the changes you make.
Yes. There are controls on your film profile page to turn the "Public Profile" on or off. Turn it off to hide your profile from those Slated members who shouldn’t see it. Remember, only registered accredited investors can see your financial information but you can also select which investors get to see it too.
Slated is designed to protect investors first, as such we have built tools to help investors find you, rather than for you to find investors. So if they like your project, the system is designed to encourage them to reach out to you themselves. Investors can contact all of the 'admins' listed on an approved film page under 'Edit Page Controls' through the film page (as a group) or through their profile page (individually).
If an investors tracks you or your film, you can email them directly (only once). If they respond, your conversation can continue. If the member is not tracking you, you can also be 'introduced' to an investor via a mutual contact by selecting the person you know in common to make the introduction. As in the real world, please bear in mind that your mutual contact may have good reasons for not wanting to make the introduction.
All investors have affirmed that they are either accredited U.S. investors or that they are not U.S. residents. They have also affirmed that they are actively investing. If you progress your relationship with an investor to the point where the investor is prepared to invest, you are well-advised to verify that the investor is either an accredited US investor or a sophisticated non-US investor, and that the investor, in either case, understands the risk of investing in film.
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. The more investors you have in your network, the more likely that they will have investors in their network, thus increasing your investor audience. Also, having existing investors behind your project will likely increase its appeal to investors you may find on Slated.
During the application process, you will be asked to provide basic details of the film (title, genre, log-line, synopsis), any media you have related to the film (e.g. key art, filmmaker interviews, trailer), to confirm talent attachments and whether you are seeking financing at that time.
If you are seeking financing, relevant information on the film’s financial position will also be required (for example the budget and what type of financing is already in place).
These details can always be edited or removed.
No. We understand that financing falls through, attachments come and go, and a film is not easy to put together. So you are in control of your own deadline. We do advise you to set a fundraising deadline, though, as it may help persuade investors.
As many as you like, so long as they meet the criteria previously stated.
Yes. We encourage you to continue to pursue all the regular efforts you use for fundraising. Think of Slated as an extension of your offline efforts. We are providing you the opportunity to meet investors and other industry professionals you otherwise may have not had access to.
However, we encourage you to keep your film's Slated profile updated. You should use your Slated profile to appeal to sales agents, distributors and the industry at large over the film's life cycle.
As often as you like. Keep your profiles current and demonstrating momentum maximizes the opportunity to keep investors and industry interested.
No, the responsibility to establish and negotiate the investment terms is yours. You conduct all specific discussions and negotiations with potential
If you list a film on Slated, only Slated Members can see the information about the film or any status updates you may add. Only registered accredited investors can view the Financial Information, Artistic Statement and Additional Information. You should not post any financial information in status updates.
You can control who can see the profile and the financial information by clicking Settings on your personal or film profile page.
Established companies play a significant role in the film industry. Their brands act as tastemakers and gatekeepers to the most viable film projects in the market. With Company profiles, filmmakers have the opportunity to align themselves with these industry pioneers. By affiliating themselves with these organizations, films get greater exposure to the investment community as an affiliation with an official Slated Company lends significant credibility and viability to the film project.
Company Profiles are not designed to replace the company's own website but are designed to complement some of the more business-minded member profiles. Films and Affiliates shown on each page are not designed to be exhaustive, merely current.
To contact a Company, click "Request An Intro" on the profile page. However, companies can control who can contact them through their own "Page Controls". If you cannot reach a company through their profile page, it means that they do not wish you to contact them using Slated. If you would like to contact one of the team members though, you can use the regular "Request An Intro" or "Send A Message" feature on their personal profile pages if those options are available to you.
Company profiles are currently STRICTLY BY INVITATION ONLY. Each company is individually selected by the business development team at Slated. The Slated team are constantly adding to the official Company partners and will approach you. To alert Slated to your company, simply add
it to the Company Affiliates on your personal profile, making sure to add the website and/or IMDb URL.
Our Company Partners are primarily focused on financing, packaging, selling, representing, and/or supporting the most viable films the industry has to offer. We are NOT currently approaching production or distribution companies unless they also finance co-productions or are involved in film sales, packaging, and talent representation or management.
If you have questions about including your company, please email team.
As an Investor, track the organizations that consist of the tastemakers and gatekeepers to the most viable investment opportunities the industry has to offer. Once you track a Company, you will be alerted to films they're supporting or working on. This is designed to help you increase the signal ratio in all the noise.
As a Filmmaker, your opportunities for success on Slated are growing due to your film's increased visibility and exposure to Sales Agents, Talent Agents, Post-Production Houses and more. As with investors, all Company team members can also reach out to you about your project directly. Investors are also tracking these organizations and the projects they are supporting, so add your affiliations to the Company Affiliations section of your profile.
As a Company, reach out to any filmmaker through their film profile page.
You can also invite people within your company to join Slated by adding them to your "Principal Team". And don't forget to ensure your Company's interest tags truly reflect those of the organization by refining the orange tags at the bottom of your company profile page.
As a Member, track the organizations that are aligning themselves with the best projects the film industry has to offer. Once you track a Company, you will be alerted to any films they're supporting or new members that join as a result of being added to the profile. As with Slated's investor-members, all Company team members can reach out to filmmakers about their project.
Slated is not regulated as a broker-dealer with the SEC or any other federal or state government agency. The Slated network operates as a finder, a role that is exempt from the registration requirements relating to broker-dealers.
The SEC has provided guidance on what activity constitutes exempt finder activity, and that guidance is constantly evolving. Slated will at all times be vigilant in ensuring compliance, in letter and in spirit, with the SEC’s direction. As a consequence, the way we provide our services may equally evolve and change over time.
If you honor the requirements of applicable private placement regimes, such as Rule 506 of Regulation D under the 1933 Securities Act, you need not register your efforts, or the securities that you might issue, with the SEC or any other federal agency. Certain state filing requirements might apply, however. In any event, we encourage you to check with your legal advisors in that regard. We cannot and do not act as a substitute for independent legal advice.
One of the requirements of the private placement exemption is that neither you (the person offering the investment opportunity) nor any other person acting on your behalf may offer or sell securities by any form of “general solicitation.” Thus the strict restrictions that we place around the availability of financially sensitive information.
The investors participating in the Slated community have confirmed through questionnaires and admin or peer verification, that they are accredited investors within the meaning of Rule 506 of Regulation D.
Some investors who are not US persons may not have affirmed accreditation, but there is good reason (on account of publicly available information and peer verification) to believe that they are sophisticated enough (financially and/or experience-wise) to be involved in film investments.
In either case, should you progress your relationship with an investor to a stage where an investment could be effected, you are well advised to verify their accreditation (for US persons) or sophistication (for non-US persons) in line with your legal advisor’s guidance.
The full legal definition of the concept of “accredited investor” is too long to be replicated here. To simplify, most private placements are targeted toward the following people:
There are many more categories of accredited investors. We encourage you to look them up here.
At the moment, filmmakers should ensure that they do not have more than 500 investors in any one film at any time, whether it is at inception or later during the life of the investment. If that were the case, there is a real risk that an SEC registration requirement is triggered under the Exchange Act, even if the initial offering was made in strict accordance with a good private placement regime.
It is neither. Each investment will be executed between users, without meaningful Slated involvement, and entirely on its own merits.