A Filmmaker’s Introduction to Crowdfunding
You want to make your next film! You want to pay your cast and crew! You want to up the ante with professional color correcting and sound design! You have no money! Wait…have you heard of…crowdfunding?
Officially, crowdfunding is “the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform.” Unofficially, it can be a great way for you to raise the funds you need from backers all over the world to make the project you want. The increase in popularity of this funding method has enabled a unique opportunity for independent filmmakers to raise project monies and promote their work. This seminar will examine different crowdfunding platforms, the keys to creating a successful campaign and allow attendees to learn practical tips and tricks from both crowdfunding professionals and experienced local filmmakers.
The guest panel includes:
Dan Abrams (via Skype) – A New York based award winning film producer and well-regarded speaker on raising money via Kickstarter and crowdfunding.
Erica Anderson (via Skype) – Director of Crowdfunding and Community Manager at the crowdfunding platform of Seed&Spark.
Kieran Thompson – Tempe, Arizona filmmaker, director and producer. Kieran successfully funded his film Broken Leg via a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Nathan Blackwell - Phoenix, Arizona writer and director of the web series Voyage Trekkers. Nathan created a successful funding campaign using indiegogo.
What we will cover:
- Choosing a crowdfunding platform
- The basic tenants of a successful campaign
- Effective methods of campaign promotion
- Creating effective campaign perks for your funders
- Money management
Date: Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: North Lecture Hall on the campus of Grand Canyon University, 3300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017
Cost: FREE to all
Special IFP Member Perk
At the end of the seminar, one lucky IFP member will win a free consultation (as well as a script notes session) from Dan Abrams to help them “kick off” their own campaign! Be sure to bring your you member card to be eligible for the selection.
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