Indiewire's Crowdfunding Market scours Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and other crowdfunding sites to find awesome films looking for distribution and outreach funds and filmmaking tools that deserve your support. Because these campaign are for events and films and helpful filmmaking tools that have already been made, we try to focus more on what you'll get for your donation. Below, you'll find our latest discovery.
What is it?
The Sheffield Doc/Fest and Marketplace are having their twentieth anniversary this year. The festival is one of the world's premier documentary festivals in the world, and hosts a robust marketplace that serves a broad range of services but focuses on making connections between international filmmakers and European film professionals.
What are funds being raised for?
From Marketplace Director Charlie Phillips, "We know people love coming to Sheffield Doc/Fest and we love creating a place where for 5 days, amazing people come together to agree to make amazing films happen for the rest of the year. But it's hard to keep all the plates spinning when arts funding is being severely hit. We'd rather combat that by working with our favourite people who we totally trust – our delegates and international doc community. We also love crowdfunding and want to put our fundraising where our mouth is."
What can you get for donating?
While donations of $100 or below get you the usual festival merchandise (various perks will give you t-shirts, DVD's, teaspoons and wristbands), but if you spring for $200 or more, the Sheffield Doc/Fest is ready to give you some incredible experiences. For a scorching $200, walk on fire with the staff at a private English countryside event! A pragmatic $300 will give you a consultation with one of the three Sheffield Directors (Heather Croall, Hussain Currimbhoy or Charlie Phillips). For a $750 donation, you have one of two choices: facilitate a Q&A or give an award at next year's Doc/Fest. Finally, a $1,500 donation will give you the true royal treatment: a tour of the local Chatsworth Estate with the 2013 Doc/Fest guests.
To reference the complete list of prizes, check out Sheffield Doc/Fest's crowdfunding page and look to the right sidebar.