Crowdfunding Goes To The Sundance Film Festival


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The Sundance Film Festival is currently taking place, bringing some of the most influential and talented individuals in the filmmaking industry to one place.

 

This year, the festival’s selection committee has chosen a number of crowdfunded films to be shown at the festival. Most of these – sixteen, to be exact – have been funded through Kickstarter, though a few got the funding by turning to other platforms.

 

First, the Kickstarter crop. The crowdfunding platform has released a list of films funded through its platform that are at Sundance. Fifteen films have already successfully completed their funding, while the sixteenth film, Linsanity: The Movie, has three and a half weeks to meet its $117,000 goal. So far, it looks to be on track to reach that sum. It may get a healthy boost in funding throughout the next few days, as news surfaced this morning that Jeremy Lin himself will attend the movie’s screening on the festival’s final day.

 

So far, though, the most-funded of Kickstarter films is Inequality for All, a documentary that looks at the widening income gap in the U.S., having brought in $83,000. In total, the fifteen films (not includingLinsanity) raised over $360,000.

 

 

Indiegogo, which launched at Sundance back in 2008, is also represented at the film festival. Perhaps most notable is the documentary Blood Brothers, which follows a tourist in India who meets a group of children infected with HIV. Not all filmmakers have used Indiegogo to actually shoot and edit their movies – the lead of the film This is Martin Bonner, for example, raised money to attend the screening.

 

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