In today’s world, independent filmmakers often look towards fundraising to produce their films. With these five tips for crowdfunding your film you will have a better shot at getting your project out there.
What exactly is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is essentially fundraising for your project. There are many ways to do this but nowadays almost all crowdfunding happens online.
Something to take into account is that the payments made from patrons crowdfunding are usually small but many. So think a grassroots campaign to get an indie film produced.
Here are five tips to crowdfunding your independent film successfully.
There are multiple different platforms to choose from to fund your film. A few of the best include: seed&spark, kickstarter, indiegogo, and patreon.
However, each of these platforms offer different benefits but ultimately serve the same purpose. Extra tip: take a look at the fees and caveats of each platform and determine for yourself which would be the best fit for your project.
Set Realistic Goals
What do you hope to achieve with this platform? What is a realistic monetary goal? These are questions that you need to ask yourself going forward. It can be a slow process so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away.
Share your Progress
As you make developments on the film (casting, shooting, etc.) make sure to share them with your donors! People like to see what they’ve donated to and it may even influence them to send in a second donation.
Avoid Over-contacting your Donors
No one likes being pestered for money. Try to limit your email blasts and contacts to only important updates on your film or other relevant information. Showing progress is more exciting than begging.
You want to confirm that your campaigns are reaching the right people. Utilize all of your connections and send information out to anyone and everyone who might be interested. Social media is a great way to promote your film and crowdfunding efforts.
We know crowdfunding for a film isn’t easy, but it helps to have professionals in your corner. That’s where Digital Film Academy comes in! We offer lifetime access to our equipment, facilities, and an exclusive Jobs Board where you can network and get paid work.
If you are interested in learning more about Digital Film Academy, join our next Open House.