Traditionally, film productions have been financed by major studios, financial institutions, and ultra-rich investors, while everyone else was kept out. In return, investors can have a stake in the project, which can provide a financial return if the film is successful. EquityWhen the film is released and begins to generate revenue, the equity investors are entitled to receive payouts from that revenue. For example, if an investor has a 5% stake in the film, they may receive 5% of the film's profits. RisksJust like any investment, film projects carry some degree of risk.