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by Rodney C. Parnther
November 21, 2011 5:25 PM
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With very little fanfare, the House of Representatives passed legislation earlier this month that could very well transform how filmmakers finance their films.

The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, among other things, exempts crowdfunding from the scope of the Securities Act of 1933.

This is a major development as the Securities Act and the various states’ “blue sky laws” have been major impediments to capital formation by independent filmmakers for decades.

Such laws restricted early stage investing to high net worth individuals and institutions, and precluded businesses from advertising exempt offerings to the public.

Under the new bill, there will no longer be any restrictions on investment offerings as long as they do not exceed $2 million, with each investor contributing no more than the higher of $10,000 or 10% of their annual income. The new law also mandates that states do not impose their own restrictions on these types of offerings.

The legislation has been sent to the Senate for approval. If it is signed into law, the Securities and Exchange Commission will be given 90 days to issue rules on using it. If this legislation is passed into law, you will be able to offer investments in your film on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, assuming they allow it.

If they don’t, there will certainly be new competitors that will.

Read more about the new law HERE.

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7 Comments

  • Marcus Williams | February 25, 2012 11:42 PMReply

    www.earlyshares.com is just such an equity-based crowdfunding platform. In anticipation that this legislation will pass they are accepting pre-applications from potential investors and equity fundraisers now on their website. I signed up today.

  • Rodney | November 22, 2011 11:11 PMReply

    @ Charlie Tribbett - Thanks for the heads up. Indie filmmakers should know they have options. So all crowdfunding platforms are welcome.

  • Aaron | November 22, 2011 1:08 PMReply

    sound good

  • Charlie Tribbett | November 22, 2011 11:37 AMReply

    Bolstr.com (also mentioned in yesterday's Business Insider article: http://read.bi/tY0os0) is a crowdfunding platform that enables small businesses to access investment capital from their network, and community under the current regulatory confines. We are following the current legislation in Congress very closely as a federal exemption would dramatically increase the ability for our small business clients to reach their capital objectives.

    Charlie Tribbett
    Co-Founder, Bolstr

  • Zeus | November 21, 2011 9:43 PMReply

    Indie is the way and this would be a major boost.

  • Clayton | November 21, 2011 9:38 PMReply

    Sweet!!!

  • vc | November 21, 2011 7:03 PMReply

    "Hallelujah"

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