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How to make money from your short films? Fully Explained

How much money you can make from Short Films uploading to You Tube. Here’s an article giving you the perfect answer for it. While planning to make a short film, there must be someone who knows you came and ask this Question- How much money you can make from your short film? You then say a clueless answer to him, now we ask you WHY? Without expecting a financial benefit, why for investing? And why you didn’t utilize the available business possibilities for earning money from your short?

We know that there are countless blog posts that are purposed to teach you about the ways to make money from YouTube videos, no Budget movie making tips and so such. While we decided to write something about this topic, one thing that we firstly decided was – Never write down here something not possible in this era and the writings should be understandable to everyone.

Everyone firstly think about uploading the video to the YouTube and then making money from it. Is it really a practical source to cover up all the production expenses for your film?  YES or NO? The real answer defines here…

  1. Think that, you want to be a professional Filmmaker, so you can’t make videos as like usual viral video craps that appear in the trending section of YouTube, Right? On YouTube, the word viral is weighed higher than the word Quality. In addition to this, the YouTube/Vimeo videos get the popularity on the basis of the subscribers count. So, if you decided to upload your first short film to your own YouTube channel, we say it won’t be beneficial to you, because if your YouTube channel has the subscribers count below 80, then it wouldn’t be optimize in the Google algorithm and your video didn’t make any money.

So, what to do instead and what are the alternatives?

a. Based on your film speak language province, Start a collaboration with a well running YouTube/Vimeo channel that having a high volume of subscribers and start a business partnership with them. (If you want to know how much money you can make from the YouTube Videos, here is the resource link)

b. Sell your videos to a Verified (tick icon shown) YouTube Subscriber

c. Another Way of making money through short is through the Vimeo’s Video on demand method (A detailed information is available here)

See the below embedded short film, One of the popular Indian short film ‘Status Updated’ Directed by Abhinav Sunder Nayak, through this video, the creator’s estimated revenue per month is around $12.00 – $240.00. . We calculated it through social blade tool ( See bottom of this  post)

  1. Second possible way is through Film Festivals, if you believe that your film is an outstanding one, then the film festivals are the real time sources to earn Money. The Film festivals like Mumbai International Film Festival. Atlanta, Sundance offering highest prize money for the best short films

Caution: If you want to showcase your film to a Film festival, then don’t upload it to online, why because almost all the film festivals aren’t accepting the films that telecasted on a local TV network or uploaded in any video sharing sites

3. Selling the legal rights of your short film for making it as a feature Film, if luck favours the financer (Film Producer )allows you to direct that film or else you will get patent rights for using the theme of short film subject to a feature film. In 2008, an Argentina Filmmaker  Andrés Muschietti made a 3 minute length short film ‘Mama’ latter, in 2013 it appeared as a feature film in the same name.

Mama Short Film

Mama Feature Film (2013) trailer

  1. Product Affiliation: Dramatically, place an advertisement of a product or a local business in your short film. You can collect some sponsor money through this mode
  2. The Distributors Network: You can find Short film distributors in the film festivals like cannes, Sundance etc. If they like your film, they will distribute your film through online-offline channels.

So, the above shown five ways are that we know to make money from short films. Before concluding this post, we want to add here a link of‘s post, where we notice an Interesting self- experience article about the short film marketing written by Juliane Block. Hope that also helps!

So that’s it, in case we’ve missed to write any tips that you know, please share that with us


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  1. Aman Sayeed

    December 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

    well uploading tel films or short films on you tube I have been told by someone that there is an big income source viewer pay of viewing short films can any one reply me how is that possible ,wondering ?

    • FMF Resources

      December 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Here’s a Link Explaining You How to make Money From You Tube

      the Process is Simple: at First You have To apply For Content partnership with You Tube, once after they approved your request, they will put display ads on your video. (Types Of ads- Skippable ads, Non-skippable ads and Display ads). if someone double-clicked (one click is from the video to target website and the second one from source website to another link on source website) on that ad, the video creator will get money.

      • vikraal

        October 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        i want to know about Indian television shows how to produce show what is procedure.
        please…reply with complete answer.

        • FMF Resources

          October 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

          WILL LET YOU KNOW.


    May 9, 2016 at 9:34 am


    • FMF Resources

      May 9, 2016 at 10:47 am

      VIKKI SINGH,Thanks for visiting Filmmakers Fans.
      Here, we are going to clarify your doubt.
      1. How to sell Indian Short fILM SCRIPT?
      Ans: No way
      2. How to sell Your Hindi Short Film? and how much money you get?
      Ans: There are many ways you can make money from short films. The possibilities regarding that given below in an alphabetical order.
      a. Pocket Films
      What They do?
      They will upload your short film to their youtube channel and revenue they will give you on 50-50 basis
      Pocket Films contact: Udyog Nagar, Goregaon West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400104
      Phone:022 2877 2090

      b. Start a YouTube Channel and Upload Your Video and Apply for Google Ads.
      Resource Link:

      c. Vimeo OnDemand

      How they will help you?
      Pay Per View (means someone will pay you for watching your Film)
      Resource Link:

      Any other doubts? Please Ask me

  3. rajeshwar chakraborty

    May 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    1) i want to earn money by making short films…how is that possible? pls guide me.

    2) i had made a short film, i want to sell it or want to make a business with it on you tube. how i move? pls help

  4. Arman aman

    May 11, 2016 at 7:21 am

    so good

  5. karthikaqpt

    May 30, 2016 at 6:36 am

    It is only for short films maker.It is very helpful.But watch this video for general earning techniques from youtube

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  7. Ravish Arya

    August 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm



    August 23, 2016 at 7:49 am


    • FMF Resources

      August 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      What you mean, exatly?


    August 23, 2016 at 7:50 am


    • FMF Resources

      August 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      NDTV prime talkies usually accept short films.
      Here’s a Link to access

      • Sanket P

        January 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        Does NDTV pay anything for the short films? What if its a series of short films?

        • FMF Resources

          January 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

          Yes. They will

  10. Neha Gupta

    September 8, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Get the best answer by short film makers in delhi. They will give the perfect answer as their 13 years old experience.

  11. aniket mohanty

    September 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    If a channel gets 10000 subscriber ..and a video gets above 2lakhs views …den wht will b the amnt earn

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      around Rs. 40,000

  12. Kyrie Ekwenze

    October 14, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I want to upload my short Nigerian movie….hope i can make my money here

    • FMF Resources

      October 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      yes you can make money from short Films.

  13. Venkateshwara Raju

    October 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Hi FMF resources…
    I have a doubt,
    Can we upload our short films both in YouTube and Vimeo simultaneously to make profit or is it restricted to only one ?
    Waiting for ur valuable response.

    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Yes Raju, you can upload your short films both in YouTube and Vimeo simultaneously. YouTube gives you more money

  14. Roshan Kakade

    December 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Hello , I am Roshan k. I have written short film script but I don’t know how to get it produced.Can you help me in this matter. email id – .


    January 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Hello , I want to know about your terms and conditions for uploading a short film through you.I am Susanta from West Bengal / Kolkata.
    I am making a short film and I want to keep touch with Pocket films over phone (i.e. 022 28772090.) but i am not getting anybody . However can you tell me the mobile no. of the key person of pocket films.if you do this its very helpful for me . thanks with regards. Susanta.

  16. manni

    January 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    How can i pickupp aa financer for a film

    • FMF Resources

      January 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      What is the Budget of Your Film? Was it made or To be?

      • Sanket P

        January 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        We are planning to make a very low budget web series of 5-7 episodes, abt 15-20 mins each. It has potential to be converted in to a TV series too. We are working on the script for the 3rd episode. Casting for the first 2 episodes is almost done. We are looking for financier/financiers. We are based in Mumbai.

  17. Sanket P

    February 6, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Sir is it possible to know how much some of the short movies earned in the last year? I would be particularly interested in films like Chutney, Sexaholic, Ahilya etc. these were some of the good ones made. Thank you.

  18. hareesh

    February 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I made a short short film like crime based story so if I upload in you tube may I know the process and how to get money for this short film can u please suggest me ?

    • FMF Resources

      February 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      First You Need Minimum 500 Subscribers. Then apply for google adsense. That’s all you need to do to make money online

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