Seed&Spark, the crowdfunding and distribution platform, has recently pacted with Verizon, Emerging Pictures and Quiver to provide distribution pipelines for filmmakers.
“Combined with our crowdfunding platform, the new free range distribution pipeline we’ve opened up allows filmmakers to maintain their independence—from pre-production all the way through distribution. We want filmmakers to have access to all the tools they need to build truly independent, sustainable businesses out of their film careers,” Seed&Spark Founder and CEO Emily Best told Indiewire.
Through Seed&Spark’s deal with Verizon, filmmakers have the chance to reach approximately 5.6 million subscribers on cable VOD. The Quiver deal will give filmmakers access to major online retailers, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and others.
Beginning this month, both feature and short films that have successfully secured funding on Seed&Spark and have hit audience-building milestones, will become eligible for theatrical distribution with Emerging Pictures, an all-digital film and alternate content network of theaters in the United States.
“We spend a lot of time teaching filmmakers why building an audience for your film is important,” said Best. “Your audience is your revenue source as an artist. Their support is the only thing that, long term, allows you to make and distribute the films you want to make. This is why we’re working so hard to help our filmmakers find and keep their audiences, and then deliver their films right to where their audiences prefer to watch, wherever that is.”
Filmmakers Crowdfunding on Seed&Spark must raise the cost of their deliverables during their crowdfunding campaigns, a nominal marketing budget of $250/theatrical market, and gather at least 500 followers to their campaign page.
“We now have an unprecedented pipeline to deliver films to audiences without filmmakers giving up rights or getting charged surprise deliverables fees,” said Best.
“Farah Goes Bang” and “Like the Water” are among the first films to take advantage of some of these new distribution opportunities, according to Best.