Frequently Asked Questions:

How much funding do Dogfish Accelerator Teams receive?
You get $18,000 for your company. In addition, Dogfish Pictures will be allocating $1M per year towards investing in a few of the teams who complete our program. You also get great perks from our service providers and partners. But the most valuable assets to an accelerator are the advice that you receive during our program, and the opportunity to pitch to investors, production companies, sales agents, and distributors at the end of the program during our Pitch Day.
What do you mean by Producer Teams? How big is a team? Who Should be on it?
Great question (We argue about this all the time)! In short, your team can be any size, but we will only be able to provide office space for 2-3 people per team. If you are a solo act, that’s ok- you can still apply- but we highly recommend applying with a co-founder to strengthen your application. So who are “producers”, who are the “applicants”?- really anyone entrepreneurial-minded who wants to become part of the founding team of a production company. A team could be a pair of producers, a collective of directors/producers/actors who rotate roles on each project, a creative producer team working with former investment bankers and distribution execs… you get the idea. Point is- wherever you fall into the creative process of filmmaking, you are an ideal applicant if you are ready to embrace producing/filmmaking as an entrepreneur.
What exactly are you accelerating? What gets built during the three months of the program?
Ah yes, you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this one! During the program, producer teams will build production companies by focusing on the launch of a specific project/ idea. (i.e. We are helping teams build their “Apple Inc.” brand so they can go raise capital for their “Apple I Personal Computer Kit”). The initial venture for which teams go out and raise funding can be anything from a film/ slate of films, to a fund for a certain director, to a super specific filmmaking mission…etc. We will be working with the teams to strengthen their brand and improve viability of their ventures.
What is a business video? (re: question #2 on the application)
An introduction to your team. Please no reels. We want to get a feel for who YOU are as producers/ entrepreneurs/ artists, and especially for how you function as a team. Again- this is not your company’s reel- think more “kickstarter pitch video”. Check out this helpful article for guidance and examples of successful TechStars pitch videos.
Is my film/company “too far along or big” to apply to Dogfish Accelerator?
Probably not. Our model is built to serve the needs of any film venture that does a good job at asset valuation and justifying their artistic risks with business and market understanding. Even if you have a full script with all your elements attached and money in the bank, we can find ways to improve your venture to better position it for financial and creative success. Likewise, nothing is too small. If all you have is just a clear idea for your vision and the passion to execute it then you can fit right in. You’ll just have to work a little bit harder than everyone else.
Do I have to be there for the entire 3 month period?
No. It’s your company so you can do what you want. But we do require that at least one member of your team is on site for majority of the program. This is important to you and your team in order to take advantage of the numerous learning opportunities, networking and coaching that will be planning and providing. Dogfish Accelerator is a major commitment, and we expect you to take it seriously.
Why does Dogfish Accelerator need and want a percentage of my venture?
We are entrepreneurs and indie producers just like you. We think that the the education, resources, and mentor coaching provided by the program is all of tremendous value. By investing seed capital into each team we are aligning our interests with yours. Our success is only possible if each team succeeds. That’s a good deal for both of us.
How do we get funding after Dogfish Accelerator ends?
Our seed funding will help you to get the ball rolling, but you may well need more funding to get your film in the can. Near the end of the three months, we’ll organize a Pitch Day where investors, production companies, sales agents, and distributors will check out your opportunity and idea. We’ll coach you so you’re as effective as possible, and do everything we can do help get you follow on funding. Dogfish Pictures will also be allocating $1M a year towards a follow on fund for a few of the graduated Accelerator teams.
How do you choose which companies to accept into the program and to fund?
We will choose great producers who are proposing innovative opportunities and business ideas that support a highly creative and artistic idea. It’s about the team. Because of this reason, we’re less likely to accept single founder teams. The best things you can do to strengthen your application are:
  • Round out your team with business, creative, and other necessary skills.
  • Make progress on your idea and reference it in the application.
  • Show us you’ve really thought about your business and have gotten off your butt to do something about it!
Do I need to send in a script?
Nope. Just fill out the online application. In fact, we probably don’t want to see your script if you have one.
When is the deadline to apply and what’s the overall timeline?
Check the schedule for our details. Shortly after our deadline we will notify finalists to begin an intensive vetting process with both the Dogfish Accelerator staff and our mentors. During this part of the application – which will last 4-6 weeks – we will be observing how you progress in developing your idea and introducing you to many members of our network. By the end of this phase we will announce our 6-8 participating teams.
Where will we live while we’re there?
That’s up to you – we don’t provide a place to live. If you’re accepted into Dogfish Accelerator and need help finding a place we will assist you in every way possible to make it easier for you and your team.
Do you accept international teams?
Yes. However, during our first program we will be limited in the amount of hands on help we can provide with legal/immigration issues. If you are an international team interested in applying and are worried about your immigration status please contact us directly.
I’m concerned that if I apply, you won’t protect my intellectual property. Should I be worried about this?
We’re certainly not in the business of stealing ideas, and we won’t show your application to anyone outside of our network. Dogfish has received hundreds of proposals in the past and we are anticipating the launch of Dogfish Accelerator to only grow this figure. For this and other practical reasons, please don’t ask us to sign an NDA. Our application does not ask for your “secret sauce” and there is no reason you have to disclose this to us if you’re not comfortable doing so. We are also working very hard right now with our legal team to provide the proper protection for both the teams and the accelerator from any “awkward situations”.
Where is Dogfish Accelerator’s office and what’s it like?
Check out our locations page for details. We are currently working round the clock to secure our space and will have more details to report on soon. For now, all we can say is three months over the summer in NYC.
Why are you doing this? What’s the catch/ the deal with the 8%?
For once, there is no catch. We want a healthier industry for indie film and this is our way to do it. Dogfish Accelerator and its mentors, service providers, and partners are all people who enjoy helping indie film. We recognize how important support is for one another and are willing to give our time and effort to you. That said, in exchange for everything provided, we take 8% of each venture off the top from the gross receipts. We are intentionally aligning our interests with yours. We only make money if you do! This 8% is only tied to the round of funding you start raising during the program. For example, let’s say you decide to raise 1M to make 2 films in 2 years. We would get 8% of the gross revenue generated by the ventures executed with that 1M. Once that 1M fund is exhausted, the 8% no longer applies. We ask for the right to reinvest into your company if you decide to raise another round, but other than that, we are not tied to your company.