Crowdfunded Movies

Sundance

There’s no shortage of film-related projects stumping for cash on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but come winter, there’s always a special smattering of films looking for fundage on the site, and for one simple reason – they’ve been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and they need financial assistance to facilitate that dream. It certainly sounds strange to those who associate Sundance with recognizable stars and gifting suites, but for all the “Hollywood Goes to the Snow” coverage and buzz the festival pulls in, there are still a bevy of struggling filmmakers who genuinely need help to get to Park City to see their film screen. In an ideal situation, crowdfunding exists to help creative minds craft works that they could not afford on their own (or, as is the case with many projects, work that they pointedly do not want to be privately funded by a big studio, business, or bank) thanks to the support of interested consumers (are you likely to donate to a stranger’s project if you don’t want to somehow enjoy it yourself?). Sundance, for all its glitz and glamour and big parties and big names, still ostensibly exists to serve the independent film community. As such, this year’s festival boasts a number of buzzed-about selections that turned (and, in some cases, are still turning) to the good-hearted people of the Internet to gather some scratch. So just who is that going to pay off for?

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Touch the Wall

The goal of MYCLW is to act as a quick-glance guide for movie and TV fans who are looking for work they might be interested in. To find worthy in-progress campaigns, please check out Fund This Film. To make sure you’re recently funded project is included, please email us.  A ton (exactly 2,000 pounds) of projects are being funded far outside the studio system’s walls. In fact, plenty are happening outside the traditional indie model as well. Crowdfunding has proven its feasibility in a short amount of time, and it’s also offered us as fans a brand new channel to discover worthwhile movies and shows. After all, the gatekeepers haven’t gone away — there are simply more of them, and in the case of crowdfunding, there are a lot more. In launching this feature, I had no idea how many movies were successfully funded every week. I dumbly assumed that there would be a handful, maybe a dozen or so that secure their public budgets, and I was encouragingly wrong. All told, this inaugural edition boasts over 40 crowdfunded movies and TV-style projects, delivering a wide spectrum of styles and subjects. It’s time to start keeping an eye on release dates that don’t come from studio press campaigns. Hopefully MYCLW can help you find something you don’t even know you’re looking for. Clicking through to individual pages can give you more information, including official websites and ways to keep informed on individual projects hitting theaters (and the internet) near you.

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