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The Punk Singer - Kickstarter-funded
As the film funding landscape shifts, we've become increasingly interested in the idea of crowd-funding here in the British Council's Film team. This week's BFI London Film Festival has given a great chance to find out more from the horse's mouth - so here's an event, a question, and an opportunity for you to participate.
As our twitter account @British_Film is increasingly inundated with appeals for support from UK filmmakers seeking funds from the crowd, we've become fascinated by the possibilities and opportunities offered by the various funding platforms.
6pm Friday, 18 October
This week, as part of the BFI London Film Festival, we've joined forces with BAFTA to bring Kickstarter's Program Director, Elisabeth Holm, to London. We'll be putting her through her paces in an Understanding Kickstarter event at BAFTA's Piccadilly HQ at 6pm on Friday 18 October. British Council Short Support Members will be joining us alongside a number of London Film Festival industry delegates - but if you don't fit either category we'd still love to see you there with additional tickets on sale here for £5.
The world's largest funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter has seen over $170 million pledged so far towards 11,600 film & video projects. During the event, Elisabeth is going to walk us through the platform, explore the possibilities, pros and cons of mounting a funding campaign and explain how to get the best from her platform for your creative project. Once we've absorbed all that, she'll be joined on stage by the teams behind 3 of the LFF features - Sixteen, Leave to Remain and The Punk Singer - which were realised by Kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaigns.
WANT A FREE PASS TO THIS EVENT?
Are you a filmmaker in London?
We have 3 passes to giveaway for the Understanding Kickstarter event on Friday 18 October.
How to get a FREE pass
Follow @British_Film on Twitter, watch out for the official announcement of this event, and give it a RT.
Terms and conditions
Winners will be notified by Twitter. The competition will close by the end of Thursday. Each pass is valid for one person only. All winners will be randomly selected and our decisions is final. Passes cannot be exchanged for cash and we cannot meet travel or meal costs to attend. This pass will not give access to other BAFTA events.