First annual International CrowdFunding Film Festival will be held October 2-6, 2013 in San Francisco.
The film fest will bring together artists, filmmakers, and video game creators to showcase their craft, network and get crowdfunded. The film festival has plans to collaborate with film schools in New York, London and Paris.
Film students from universities are increasingly looking to crowdfunding to find backing for their projects. With over countless films successfully funded through crowdfunding portals such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, Hollywood is now paying close attention to all this movement.
According to CrowdfundBeat.com, Director/Writer Rob Thomas has raised over $5.7 million for his movie “Veronica Mars” while Zach Braff’s feature “Wish I Was Here” has raised $2.6 million in donations. San Francisco State Student Sterling Cook is keen on exploring crowdfunding to finance production projects.
FrackNation, projected as a controversial film that tells the truth about fracking, was funded through the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.
The filmmakers raised $212,265 from 3,305 backers on Kickstarter. It is claimed to be one of the most successful documentary campaigns in the history of Kickstarter. (Read: Crowdfunded Film FrackNation Ready for Release)
“I see in these directors, writers, and cinematographers, the same core passion for innovation. They are not only artists but more importantly, entrepreneurs – they are seeking to touch the world and make a difference through their films. We know of their struggle to find financial backing and I believe crowdfunding will be the answer,” says ICFFF’s Sydney Armani organizer and publisher of CrowdfundBeat.com.