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World's premier angel group for film

Film Angels is the world's first and foremost professional angel investor organization dedicated to funding independent film projects. We connect the most promising new movie ventures with the most suitable individual investors, aka angels. Modeled after leading angel networks, Film Angels has been discreetly active in Silicon Valley and beyond for over fifteen years. Members of our

local chapters in San Francisco, Palo Alto–Mountain View–San Jose, Los Angeles, New York City, and London
have invested in dozens of productions.


Funding film the Silicon Valley way

Wall Street investment banker–turned–entrepreneur

Thomas Trenker, a first-generation immigrant from Austria by way of Switzerland,
founded Film Angels in his
twenties after helping found or fund multiple startups
. Sand Hill Road venture capitalist
Saad Khan of Guy Kawasaki's Garage Technology Ventures
joined as his
cofounder after hearing Thomas speak at Stanford business school's Future of Entertainment
conference, where he challenged top studio executives to rethink film finance
. The founding team also comprises a diverse group of influential Silicon Valley
professionals from a variety of backgrounds such as early-stage investing, corporate law, real estate, software development, and internet startups

Film Angels has since grown into a go-to resource for Hollywood

A-listers, Oscar winners and nominees, industry greats, and rising stars
looking to fund their independent films or personal projects outside the studio system. Typically, they pursue
creative control, which counts as a precious commodity in high demand among the world's top filmmakers

Statistical analysis reveals $5-10 million budgets as the sweet spot of successful film investment. They allow for first-rate, Academy Award–winning production values without precluding superior risk-adjusted ROIs. Win-wins become not only possible but increasingly likely.

Bottle Shock

Boldly go where others fear to tread

The venerable Wall Street Journal wrote about Film Angels' success on its blog and in the newspaper's business section, as did other

major publications (e.g., San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle)
. Film Angels regularly features such luminaries as Apple founder
Steve Wozniak, AOL CEO Barry Schuler, Movielink CEO Jim Ramo, California Film Commissioner Hilary Armstrong, San Francisco Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote,
and '90s pop sensation Lance Bass, to name a few. Internet giant Google even made its headquarters available exclusively to Film Angels for an unprecedented pitch extravaganza headlined by legendary rock icon Carlos Santana and billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper.

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Unrivaled platform for the best and brightest

With up to 1,000 potential investors in attendance at a time, Film Angels meetings have served as a powerful platform for the in-person pitches of many celebrated filmmakers and famous actors, including

Lori Petty ("League of Their Own," "Point Break," "Tank Girl," "Poker House")
Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings," "Goonies," "Rudy")
David Lynch ("Twin Peaks," "Dune," "Mulholland Dr.")
Matt Smith ("Doctor Who," "Womb")
Adrian Grenier ("Entourage," "Devil Wears Prada")
Peter Krause ("Parenthood," "Six Feet Under," "Truman Show")
Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon 1-4," "Saw," "Color Purple," "2012," "Shooter")
David Arquette ("Scream," "Cougar Town")
Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City")
Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption," "Walking Dead," "Green Mile," "Mist," "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein")
Ajay Naidu ("Office Space," "Pi," "Bad Santa")
Ron Fricke ("Star Wars III," "Samsara," "Baraka")
Barrie Osborne ("Matrix," "Lord of the Rings," "Great Gatsby")
Eugene Roddenberry Jr. ("Star Trek," "Earth: Final Conflict")
, and
Ralph Guggenheim ("Toy Story")
. We invite only accredited
investors with an express interest in movies
to attend these private events and to participate in thoroughly vetted investment opportunities. (Under the federal
securities laws, a company that offers or sells its securities must register the securities with the SEC or find an exemption from the registration requirements. The federal securities laws provide companies with a number of exemptions. For some of the exemptions, such as Rule 506 of Regulation D,
a company may sell its securities to what are known as
accredited investors. The term accredited investor is defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D.


Partners in finance

We have partnered with

Greenlit, a pioneering fintech startup in the motion picture industry,
to deliver frictionless online workflows for filmmakers and financiers alike. Greenlit revolutionizes film finance by simplifying complexities, making it invaluable to those seeking to bring creative visions to life.

Greenlit's innovative technology was born out of the challenges the founders, Ian Grant and Bhargav Tarpara, faced producing independent films. Bhargav is an angel investor, advisor to startups, and software engineer with 8 years of hands-on experience, as well as a documentary producer. An actor, stuntman, producer, and Minorities in Film cofounder, Ian was part of the founding team at unicorn

Squire Technologies, where he scaled sales and operations to over $1 billion in transactions