27. August 2020 - 16:00 bis 17:30
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Crowdfunding to Build Independence | Donnerstag, 27. August 2020

Crowdfunding to Build Independence online workshop

About this Event

Brought to you by The Black TV & Film Collective, sisterhood media and Black Film Space.

Thinking about making a movie or show? Great! We wanna watch it.

But first, how are you going to fund it, and when you’re finished, who’s going to watch it?

We've got answers.

Many are asking us: should I still crowdfund? Well, crowdfunding rose out of the ashes of the 2007–2008 financial crisis. It’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of creators. It also led audiences out of a very dark time — one great idea at a time. It was revitalizing for so many people’s spirits, and also revitalizing for the creative economy. As people further isolate (and they should! have we said that already?), we are losing essential social connections that keep up the human spirit. But we have virtual tools to continue to tell stories that connect people, and we should use them.

It’s a time to adjust the thinking about your campaign: this is not about you raising the money for your work, this is about you offering a unique chance for people to connect (safely!) around things that really matter to them. Your outreach strategy will have to adjust. Your goal may have to come down as you scale back the ambition of your production (or heck, make it an audio drama you can record in your basement!). We haven’t seen a dip in contribution volume or levels in the past month.

Most people think about crowdfunding simply as a fundraising tool, but we're going to show you how it's so much more than that: it’s a great way to start (or continue) developing a direct connection with your audience, which is essential for building a sustainable film career that leads to distribution and the opportunity to, you know, make more than one thing.

Join Seed&Spark's film community manager, Bri Castellini, for this can't-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop, completely online, to learn:

  • Why audience building is essential for a film career (and crowdfunding)
  • How to define, find, talk to and grow your audience
  • How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goal, incentives and communication plan)
  • Why staged financing might be right for you

About The Black TV & Film Collective

The Black TV & Film Collective is a collective of artists of color working in the television, film and digital entertainment industries, both above and below the line. We help our members make work and advance their careers while moving towards equity and inclusion of people of color in the entertainment industry.

About sisterhood media

sisterhood media strives to address the need for film distribution by delivering content on our streaming service, sisterhood meda TV. our platform supports filmmakers devoted to telling their stories about queerness, accessibility, race, gender, culture, class and more, while working towards a better tomorrow.

powered by black women, the "family" strives to foster a community building within the media industry by offering screening partnership opportunities and content storage on SMTV, leading workshops and equity training as well as offering emerging youth creatives community engagement roles.

About Black Film Space

Black Film Space is a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization committed to building a community of filmmakers from the African Diaspora through skill enhancing and networking events.

We are a collective of directors, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers, actors and other media professionals that want to develop genuine connections and grow with fellow black creatives.

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