The top 5 ways to fund your film

Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, especially among young filmmakers looking to get their debut projects off the ground. Here are the top 5 players in this ‘emerging’ market.

 

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Indiegogo

Indiegogo  is a crowdfunding site founded by Danae Ringelmann, Slava Rubin, and Eric Schell in 2008.

Based out of San Francisco it was one of the pioneers of crowdfunding. According to the site’s founder, Slava Rubin, Indiegogo aims to “empower anyone that has an idea to be able to raise the funds and amplify their goal”.

There are currently nine million people who visit the site every month.

Top films funded: Lazer Team ($2,480,421 raised), Gosnell ($2,241,043 raised)

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Kickstarter

Kickstarter is based in the US. The company’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life.

On March 3, 2014, Kickstarter passed $1 billion in pledges.

That’s $1,000,000,000 pledged by 5.7 million people to creative projects.

Kickstarter’s projects, which include films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, videogames, and food-related projects.

Unlike other fundraising or investment forums, Kickstarter claims no ownership over the projects and the work they produce. The web pages of projects launched on the site are permanently archived and accessible to the public. After funding is completed, projects and uploaded media cannot be edited or removed from the site.

Top films funded: Blue Like Jazz ($345,992 raised),  Minecraft: The Story of Mojang ($210,297 raised)

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Grow Venture Community

This is so much more than crowdfunding, it’s a veritable ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors geared to facilitate and encourage the Next Big Thing.

Grow VC is one of the first global, community-based platforms dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors, It aims to enable great ideas get visibility with the right investing audience and early support.

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Microventures

MicroVentures is an equity crodfunding website offering investments in early stage companies. The company connects accredited investors with startups, businesses and services looking to raise funds or participate in select secondary market opportunities.

It is the first crowdfunding site to take a portfolio company to a successful exit.

As of October 2013, MicroVentures had raised $20 million, spread among 45 companiesincluding Twitter, Facebook and Yelp.

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Crowdrise

Crowdrise is a place for donation-based funding for Causes and Charity. They’ve attracted a community of do-gooders and and fund all kinds of inspiring causes and needs.

A unique Points System on Crowdrise helps track and reveal how much charitable impact members and organizations are making.

Top films funded: The Giver

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