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Crowdfunding 101: “Inocente”

Ahead of the STREAM conference, which kicks off in Santa Monica on Monday (June 3), we profile a trio of filmmakers who successfully raised funding via Kickstarter, starting today with the directors behind the Oscar-winning doc Inocente. Project: Inocente Funding goal: US$50,000 Amount raised: $52,527 Kickstarter backers: 294 Key takeaway: Know how much you need Husband and wife directorial team Sean Fine (pictured above, right) and Andrea Nix Fine (left) were in post-production on their 39-minute doc Inocente when they decided to turn to Kickstarter for help. The film (pictured below), which focuses on a young homeless girl who harbors dreams of becoming an artist,…

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Crowdfunding Film Festival to Roll Out the Red Carpet

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CrowdFunding is real game changer in film industry. San Francisco , California (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 The First annual International CrowdFunding Film Festival will be held October 2-6, 2013 in San Fransisco. The film fest to bring together artists, filmmakers, and video game creators to showcase their craft, network and get crowdfunded. The film festival has plans to collaborate with film schools in New York, London and Paris. Film students from universities all around the country are increasingly looking to crowdfunding to find backing for their projects. With over countless films successfully funded through crowdfunding portals such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, Hollywood is now paying…

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Crowdfunding Friday: Corman’s Fantastic Four & Tezuka manga

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Aside from all the new ideas to be found on crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter – including a new variety of beef jerky made from posh Japanese cows – there are all sorts of opportunities to indulge our sense of nostalgia. Through sheer coincidence, the projects that caught my eye this week all have a retro theme; there’s a documentary about a forgotten adaptation of a Marvel comic book, a timely revival of one of the most innovative computer games of the 1980s, and a special English language edition of a classic Japanese manga. Although very different, each of these crowdfunding projects is worthy of…

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Cannes: The Finnish filmmakers again will target crowd-funding sources for their new Nazi on the Moon movie.

Cannes: 'Iron Sky' Sequel in the Works

The Finnish filmmakers again will target crowd-funding sources for their new Nazi on the Moon movie. The Finnish filmmakers behind Iron Sky are planning a sequel to the Nazis on the Moon film: Iron Sky The Coming Race. Similar to the first film, the producers will use crowd funding to kick off financing Iron Sky 2, launching the project on Indiegogo. For the pitch to prospective investors, Iron Sky director Timo Vuorensola has made a spoof hostage video in which he sits in front of a North Korean flag, and flanked by two women armed with machine guns, apologizes for making the original film. Producer…

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Bill Clinton Touts Potential of Crowdfunding at Creativity Conference

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Speaking at an MPAA, Microsoft and Time event called the Creativity Conference Friday, former President Bill Clinton talked up crowdfunding as a potentially important avenue for filmmakers and others to “make more messages that we want to go viral.” Clinton, delivering the keynote address, singled out the documentary “Bridegroom,” which he introduced at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York earlier this week. The project, directed by Clinton’s longtime friend Linda Bloodworth Thomason, tells the story of two gay men from conservative families and the hurdles they face. When one of the men dies in a tragic fall from the rooftop, his partner is denied…

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Give a Little, Get a Lot: Crowdfunding in the Arab World

The Innovative Buzz-Word Is Explored at GFF with the Founder of Aflamnah, the first Crowdfunding Site Dedicated to the Arab World

On the night of April 13, the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) will offer a thorough exploration of ‘Crowdfunding,’ the latest opportunity to bring creative projects to life. Aflamnah is dedicated to filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers with big and small ideas and has the potential to empower a whole new generation of professional and emerging artists in the GCC. Crowdfunding has skyrocketed around the world, with sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter attracting thousands of hopeful fundraisers and pairing them with funders, who may contribute anywhere from tens to thousands of dollars in exchange for exciting rewards. The Crowdfunding night will take place as part…

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New crowd-funding platform for films and creative arts

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Fund management company Starting Blocks Media Ventures will launch a new crowd funding model, Catapooolt, dedicated to creative projects including movies, music and other performing arts. Catapooolt will be launched during the Hong Kong Asia Film Festival later this month. The company has join hands with the event as the official Crowdfunding Partner for Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum 2013. The association with Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum (HKIFF) will not only enables them to garner funding support but also makes them the first ever Indian crowd fund platform to list international projects and also enable Indians to be part of these Asian…

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Crowdfunding sites offer a different way to raise money

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Geoff Orlowski wants to take his filmmaking talents to the next level. The Whitesboro resident has been writing and making his own movies — from short films in college to his first feature film that he shot last year in Utica. To get to the next level with his second feature-length movie, though, he needs better equipment. And that means more money. The funds for his first film came straight out of his pocket, and it covered only meals and some equipment, he said. “It’s a sad thing, when you see all the skills that the actors and the crew members have and they’re not…

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Five things Sundance can tell us about the future of film

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The deal making begins weeks before the celebrities touch down in Park City, Utah, a pop-up center of the universe for the culture industry during the ten-day run of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Open Road Films buys the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, long before audiences clap, yawn, or both at its Sundance Closing Weekend premiere. Other movies including Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, and No, featuring Gael García Bernal, also arrive with deals intact. The pre-fest deals, as well as decisions by filmmakers from former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (Sound City) to Shane Carruth…

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New Edward Burns Hedge Fund Movie Embraces Crowdfunding

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Several months ago we spotlighted a soon-to-launch crowdfunding company that sought to bring crowdfunding to independent film. That company – Seed & Spark – has launched and now boasts an upcoming film starring Edward Burns among its list of financing projects. Largely financed by Atlantic Pictures, the film’s working title called Oliver’s Deal and stars Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) as a hedge fund jock working to redeem a $1 billion debt from Peru‘s government. The film also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (Newlyweds, It’s Complicated) and will be directed by Barney Elliot (True Colours). The decision by the filmmakers to use a…

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Crowdfunding 201: A New Model From Seed & Spark

By Lucas McNelly It’s a familiar scene to many filmmakers: they budget out their film, calling in favors left and right, then they launch their crowdfunding campaign and someone sends them an email that says, “Hey, I don’t have any money to give, but I’d love to help.” Invariably, that help can lower the budget. Maybe they have a location you can use for free. Or extra lenses they can loan you. Or they can edit the film for you. Suddenly, you don’t need $X. Only, you still do. Kickstarter doesn’t care that you suddenly found an editor that can knock a chunk off your…

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Crowdfund InsiderRecommendations Provided to EU to Boost Crowdfunding in Renewable EnergyCrowdfund InsiderA group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four different crowdfunding platforms in the renewable e [...]

Jamaica GleanerPointers to Publishing | Consider crowdfunding to finance your bookJamaica GleanerYou have great ideas but do not have the funds, or you do not want to take the risk of taking a loan or asking for financial support from family. Crowdfunding might be your best bet, and t [...]

FortuneCrowdfunding: Women Better at Raising Money Than Men Are ...FortuneA new study has found that women are generally better than men at crowdfunding.Women are better at crowdfunding than men, shows study | The ...The IndependentWhy women join the crowd: Gender gap in bank lending, [...]

The VergeDonald Trump's terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political careerThe VergeAnd from the beginning, the site had Trump's populist edge. Zanker boasted that “the reign of Kickstarter's Brooklyn hipsters is over,” referring to Kickstarter's New [...]

ForbesWhy Crowdfunding Is Still Booming, Especially For Chinese Tech CompaniesForbesBased on recent media reports, it looks like crowdfunding is now in the "disillusionment" phase of the famous Gartner hype cycle, after peaking a few years back. I will argue that crowdfundin [...]

Social media, crowdfunding skirmishes encapsulate Endy debateThe Herald JournalAfter that, a campaign with the same goals and the same organizer appeared on a separate crowdfunding site, FundRazr.com. This campaign also drew negative attention on social media, and after a few hours th [...]

How Women Trounce Men When Raising Seed Crowdfunding CapitalForbesMale entrepreneurs may account for the majority of business owners raising finance on crowdfunding platforms in the UK, but their female counterparts are far more likely to get the support they seek, new research shows. [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: ORII allows for making calls using your fingerAndroid Authority (blog)Did you ever watch those movies where special agents communicate with each other by putting an index finger up to the ear? I wasn't always able to see a [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter budget cuts, museums are crowdfunding to preserve historyWired.co.ukIn 2015, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. launched its very first crowdfunding campaign to 'Reboot the Suit'. The idea was to raise much-need funds to conser [...]

Awesome tech you can't buy yet: Sun-defying tents, bee monitors, dream masksDigital TrendsAt any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage [...]

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