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Top 6 Crowdfunding Websites for Films

Published by Salvador Briggman. Find him on Twitter.

1. Kickstarter

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With 38,361 projects launched and $230.24 million pledged, film is the second most popular category on Kickstarter. From the Veronica Mars movie project, which raised $5.7 million, to smaller indie projects, Kickstarter is a great crowdfundin website for film-related projects. On Kickstarter, you must hit your fundraising goal or all of your backers will have their money refunded.

Fees: 5% platform fee + 3-5% payment processing

2. Indiegogo

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Indiegogo is another great financing tool for film projects. The platform has seen successes like the Gosnell Movie, which raised $2.2 million and Lazer Team by Rooster Teeth, which raised $2.4 million. Unlike Kickstarter, Indiegogo also has a “flexible funding” option, where creators can keep dollars pledged, even if they do not hit their goal.

Fixed Funding Fees: 4% platform fee (if you reach your goal) + 3-5% for payment processing + $25 wire fee for non-us campaigns that have raised funds in USD via direct credit card.

Flexible Funding fees: Either 4%platform fee  (if you reach your goal) or 9% platform fee (you don’t reach your goal) + 3-5% for payment processing + $25 wire fee for non-us campaigns that have raised funds in USD via direct credit card.

3. Seed & Spark

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Seed and Spark is an one-stop shop where filmmakers can crowdfund, distribute, and interact with their audience and the broader independent film community. Like Kickstarter, the platform is curated and has stricter guidelines than Indiegogo.

“We’re different than our competitors in a couple of key ways. First, we’re a selective platform. This means that rather than offering our crowdfunding tools to everyone—regardless of the merit of their ideas or their strategy for attracting support for those ideas—we review every film project case by case.

If you’ve put a lot of thought into your project, and a bunch of time and energy into planning your campaign, there’s a really good chance that we’ll invite you to launch your project on Seed&Spark. If we don’t think you’re prepared enough, we’ll give you some pointers on how you can get ready.” – Source

Fees: 5% platform fee + credit card fees.

Special note: “Upon checkout, we offer funders an opportunity to add 5% to their order so the filmmakers don’t lose any of the supporters’ pledges. And guess what? 90% of supporters choose to add that 5%.”

4. Pozible

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Pozible is a crowdfunding platform that includes multiple verticals like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. It was started in Australia and has since expanded to other areas. So far, 6,875 total projects have been launched on the site and $22.8 million has been raised through the platform. One interesting fact is that Pozible accepts bitcoin.

News Alert: “Crowdfunding platform Pozible is teaming up with experienced film crowdfunder Thomas Mai offering five filmmakers financial backing through crowdfunding project Mission: Pozible. The competition is an open call to the filmmakers, offering a dedicated three-month program where Pozible will try to raise a minimum of $100,000 for each project for the five lucky winners.

Mai will work closely with each project to ensure they are as successful as possible. As a crowdfunder who has raised over $400,000 in three years for 11 documentaries, Mai said that in such a competitive industry, both a financial boost and clear direction are necessary.” – Source .

Platform Fees: 5% total funds raised up to $100k. 4% total funds raised between $100k – $500k (or projects issued an invitation code). 3% total funds raised of $500k or over. The platform also charges standard payment processing fees. 

5. Fundrazr

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Fundrazr is a Canadian crowdfunding platform that also accepts projects from international creators. Film is a subsection of the projects offered on the platform, which range from accidents & disasters to business-related projects. While it doesn’t seem that film is one of their more popular categories, other filmmakers have used the platform to finance new productions.

Fees: 5% FundRazr fee plus Payment Provider fee of 2.9% + 30¢* per transaction.

6. Self-Hosted Campaign

film seatsIf you have an established audience or are marketing savy and believe you can “fill the seats” for your own crowdfunding campaign, then it might be worthwhile to host the campaign on your own website and avoid platform fees and website guidelines. You can do this with one of the self-hosting tools we mentioned in this article.

Conclusion

What type of film are you trying to raise money for? Let us know in the comments below. I’d also recommend checking out my ebook to get an idea of what it’s like to run a Kickstarter. Indiewire’s ultimate guide to crowdfunding for filmmakers is also a worthwhile read.

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  • Holly Tillman

    This is really good information for people out there who are interested in film. I have a lot of friends who participate in film festivals and I think this would be really helpful to them.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks! Be sure to pass it on 🙂

  • Tara

    These sound like great ways to raise money for your films. I have been thinking of getting into film, currently I do photography but if I decided to produce a films its good to know what sites I can turn to to try and raise funds

    • CrowdCrux

      Cool to see that you have many different types of interests! Good luck on your project. I might consider creating a video for it.

  • AsaArt

    This is an amazing information/recourse. We are currently running “My Insane Shakespeare” campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign is for a new solo performance which is opening October 13th at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, which is sold out already. And based on this original play a movie script has been developed and there are plans for a new movie. And this article and websites are very insightful. We need to do more research of course to find the right niche for our movie. Kickstarter is the first one that catches my attention, because of the film festivals that they have launched. Besides the opportunity to raise funds for a new movie they also give you the opportunity to showcase you work, which to me sounds wonderful. So thanks for this article.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks! Glad the article is helpful. Agreed, Kickstarter is a popular choice for film-related campaigns. I like the film festivals also.

  • Roddy Louther

    Thank for an amazingly insightful website. I am South African and I have written a short film and I am looking for funding. So this website really helps. It also interesting that the films automatically have access to festivals.
    Do they fund foreign films? My film, though set in South African deals with a universal issue, but in a local context. I look forward to your answer.

  • Kai Veal

    I have a play that is a comedy and drama that is called Jesus. The play is about the trial and execution of Jesus (He is played by an African American). He is on triel with a murderer and a theif and the question is raised if he would receive a fair trial. The play was a great success. What site would you suggest that I use?