Hi Cary, I can see how you'd think that, let me rephrase what I said to clarify my question. In order to finish the film, I need funds for post-production. However, some of the grants I'm applying for offer funds for more than post-production, so I'm wondering whether it is normal or acceptable to solicit funds to cover past expenses, such as the money I spent on production. In no situation would I lie about what I'd use the funds for.
Is there a stage of a film when it is more common to look for distributors? I have been assuming that, if things work out well, I can connect with distributors at festivals. Should I be pitching to be distributors now (before I have a rough cut)?
And, any suggestions for where/how to connect with distributors?
Thanks, Michael, that's very helpful. I was hoping that my past expenses (mainly my time) could be treated as investments and that they could be repaid retroactively by funders, but I understand that that may be an unrealistic expectation. This is a low budget film (under $40,000), so perhaps that might make it easier to repay in-kind expenses already made.