Crowdfunding for Independent Film

What You'll Learn

If you are a filmmaker with an idea for your next project and are ready to better understand how to get your movie made, this workshop will take you through the necessary steps to successfully implement your first crowdfunding campaign. We will review strategies and techniques for developing your campaign and look at outreach, partnerships, scheduling and the organization you need to take to ensure you will reach your goal. One of the most essential components in implementing a successful crowdfunding campaign is linked to the amount of work you put into your idea - and that happens well before you launch.

This Workshop Will Cover:

  • Understanding the core concepts of crowdfunding
  • Who is your audience
  • Direct outreach and partners
  • Choosing the right platform for your project
  • Financial implications
  • How to Guarantee Success
  • Rewards and incentives
  • How to make a great pitch video
  • Designing your page
  • Organizing your campaign
  • Scheduling

You'll also receive supporting documents including scheduling template, links to successful and failed campaigns, suggested mail server sites and articles.

Who Should Take This Class

This class is geared towards independent film and media directors and producers who are planning to launch their first crowdfunding campaign.

Presented By Emilie Upczak

Emilie Upczak is a filmmaker and programmer, originally from Boulder, Colorado she lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago over the past 10 years where she was formerly the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival and facilitated the creation of the Caribbean Film Mart and Database. Emilie's experimental video installations have been exhibited at PG Contemporary in Houston, AIR Gallery in Brooklyn and the Festival International Signes de Nuit in France. Her short films have played at a number of Caribbean and African Diasporic Film Festivals as well as at Clermont Ferrand and MIPTV markets. Emilie holds an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Rotterdam Producer's Lab alumni. Emilie is currently in post-production on her debut feature, Moving Parts, shot in Trinidad in 2016 and is associate producer on the feature film, Play the Devil, directed by Bahamian filmmaker, Maria Govan.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

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