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Crowdfunding Event Ideas for Filmmakers

May 19, 2020

• Bri Castellini

If you’re a filmmaker looking for a way to jazz up your crowdfunding campaign with events, both online and IRL, this is the post for you! If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out this introductory post about how to schedule events during your crowdfund and even more ideas.

 

Event ideas for filmmakers

 

Screenings of past work. Crowdfunding for work that doesn't exist can often become a chicken and egg problem ー you need to show people what you’re capable of so they trust you enough to pledge, but you need their pledge in order to show people what you’re capable of. Use this as an opportunity to show off what you’ve already made, to establish credibility and get people excited about the next bigger and better thing. Christina Raia, Seed&Spark’s Head of Education and seasoned crowdfunding veteran herself, has used this method before, and found it “very effective but required a lot of marketing.” That’s a good reminder ー  don’t go it alone! Make sure you’ve got a team in place to support you, especially when it comes to getting the word out.

 

Live table reads. If you don’t have enough work to justify a full screening or organizing a full screening just isn’t in the cards, showcase your cool concept you by offering access to a private table read of the completed script. Work with actors ahead of time to make sure they’re performance ready (even though they’ll be on-book), and price tickets to this event appropriately, so you aren’t spoiling the ending for everyone, just those who opt-in. You can also only do a table read of the first half, first episode, etc to keep people wanting more. Give your audience just enough of a taste to have a vested emotional interest in your crowdfunding success, and you’ve done your job.

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Bri Castellini

Bri Castellini is the Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark, a graduate-level adjunct professor for digital media, an award-winning independent filmmaker, and, regrettably, a podcaster. She's known for the web series Brains (creator/star), Sam and Pat Are Depressed (creator/star), Relativity (executive producer), and Better With You (director), as well as the short films Ace and Anxious and Buy In (writer/director for both), and for her podcasts Burn, Noticed and Breaking Out of Breaking in, covering the USA television show Burn Notice and practical filmmaking advice, respectively. She has been described by collaborators as a "human bulldozer" and is honestly kind of flattered.

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