More and more, filmmakers have newer ways to find funding for their films. While bankers and dentists and developers still exist to invest in projects, the audience is now able to make a project happen.
As much as filmmakers need a place to raise money, they also need to learn how to do it. Emily Best leads an incredible organization that helps filmmakers raise money, tap into talent, and eventually distribute the product – Seed & Spark. The site provides media makers with the tools raise money in steps, but its educational component to doing that has set them apart from the rest.
The two biggest names is crowdfunding for independent filmmaking continues to be Kickstarter & IndieGoGo. Both have their differences – like if you don’t reach your goal in Kickstarter, you get no money – but their goals are similar: help creative people connect with their audiences to support their work.
Here is a video introduction to IndieGoGo produced by our students.
Where filmmakers have projects that last for years, media makers have grown to embrace the world of television and YouTube which expects new content on a more frequent basis. Patreon (on the idea of Patreonage for artists) asks subscribers to agree to make a consistent contribution to media makers, which could result in albums or series or who knows?