Crowdfunding has turned into a popular financing option for all kinds of projects, especially cultural and, of course, film projects. The Kickstarter platform caught sight of this collaborative phenomenon a few years back by giving creators the resources and the necessary support to make their ideas a reality.
How does it work?
The Crowdfunding premise in Kickstarter is simple: we should all have the opportunity to get money for a project through the direct support of other people.
The creator sets a goal and a time limit. If people like the project, they can contribute with money to make it a reality. If the project reaches its goal, the charges will be made to the contributors’ credit cards on the due date. If the project does not reach its goal, no charge will be made. Funding on Kickstarter is “all or nothing”.
Six films financed through Kickstarter have been nominated for an Academy Award and in 2013, the documentary short film “Inocente” actually won the Oscar. Renowned directors have also put their projects on the platform, such as acclaimed writer/director Spike Lee with ‘The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint’
Kickstarter has turned into an essential tool for many emerging and independent filmmakers who finance their projects through donations as long as the project they present is convincing.
Enter, promote and support
Since 2014, the 49-Hour Collegiate Rally and IDentity and Belonging projects have used crowdfunding in order to materialize, allowing young participants to learn about financing short films. A collaboration between GIFF and Kickstarter consults and supports this next generation of filmmakers who are here today with impressive campaigns.
Sponsoring a project is much more than just giving somebody money. It’s supporting their dream to create something that can be shared with the world. Join this collaboration network, explore each GIFF 2017 project and donate.