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Crowdfunding to Build Independence

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Presented by Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival

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Thinking about making a movie or show? Great! We wanna watch it.

But first, how are you going to fund it, and when you’re finished, who’s going to watch it?

We've got answers.

Many are asking us: should I still crowdfund? Well, crowdfunding rose out of the ashes of the 2007–2008 financial crisis. It’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of creators. It also led audiences out of a very dark time — one great idea at a time. It was revitalizing for so many people’s spirits, and also revitalizing for the creative economy. As people further isolate (and they should! have we said that already?), we are losing essential social connections that keep up the human spirit. But we have virtual tools to continue to tell stories that connect people, and we should use them.

It’s a time to adjust the thinking about your campaign: this is not about you raising the money for your work, this is about you offering a unique chance for people to connect (safely!) around things that really matter to them. Your outreach strategy will have to adjust. Your goal may have to come down as you scale back the ambition of your production (or heck, make it an audio drama you can record in your basement!). We haven’t seen a dip in contribution volume or levels in the past month.

Most people think about crowdfunding simply as a fundraising tool, but we're going to show you how it's so much more than that: it’s a great way to start (or continue) developing a direct connection with your audience, which is essential for building a sustainable film career that leads to distribution and the opportunity to, you know, make more than one thing.

Join Christina Raia for this can't-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop, completely online, to learn:

  • Why audience building is essential for a film career (and crowdfunding)
  • How to define, find, talk to and grow your audience
  • How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goal, incentives and communication plan)
  • Why staged financing might be right for you

About Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival

We give the spotlight to Black Muslim Girls and Women who create screenplays, film, television, & digital content that shares our authentic and diverse narratives.

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