Sheffield Doc/Fest and IndieGoGo have announced a multi-year partnership focused on crowdfunding projects and European investors and filmmakers. The union will also include the creation of Crowdfunding Fellows, a program which chooses pre-existing IndieGoGo projects to promote internationally on's "Partner Page."

indieWIRE asks: Will Crowdfunding Fellows really help raise the profiles of the selected films?

Below is the full press release from Doc/Fest, including synopses of the first five films selected for Crowdfunding Fellows.

April 6, 2011: Sheffield Doc/Fest and IndieGoGo is announcing a multi-year partnership that aims to significantly open up and promote crowdfunding projects and opportunities to European investors and filmmakers. The partnership will create Crowdfunding Fellows, selected by Doc/Fest from pre-existing IndieGoGo projects and actively promoted throughout the international documentary community.

The first five Crowdfunding Fellows Doc/Fest have been selected and will be hosted on’s “Partner Page.” IndieGoGo’s “Partner Page” will be updated frequently as more noteworthy projects arise. The first five projects are:

"Anyone Can Play Guitar." The story of Radiohead, Ride, Supergrass, Foals, Swervedriver, Talulah Gosh and the tiny local music scene that spawned them. At the time of press release $29,314 has been contributed to this project. Goal: $30,000 (15 days left; Ending April 20).

"You've Been Trumped". Because Money and Power Should Not Cost the Earth. At the time of press release $14,365 has been contributed to this project. Goal $19,000 (26 days left; Ending May 1).

"Kettling of the Voices." WARNING: This documentary will ignite a passion to protest!!! At time of press release $120 has been contributed to this project. Goal $16,000 goal (69 days left; Ending June 14).

"Victor, Victorioso." The Mexican government put the Narco-state before its Baja California citizens. One man put life and limb on the line to make it know. At the time of press release $1,170 has been
contributed to this project. Goal $9.000 (66 days left; Ending June 11).

"Up in Smoke." One man's fight to revolutionise agriculture and help slow global warming. At time of press release $0 have been contributed to this project. Goal $6,000 (86 days left; Ending July 1).

”At Doc/Fest we’re passionate about the potential of new technology and new opportunities for funding and distribution,” says Charlie Phillips, MarketPlace Director. “Crowdfunding raises finance and builds a community for film projects. It's the future of collaboration between filmmakers, who can support each other outside of the constraints of both public and private finance. We’re delighted to be working with IndieGoGo to bring these opportunities to a wider community.”

“Documentary filmmakers from all over the world are using IndieGoGo to fund their films," says IndieGoGo Cofounder Slava Rubin. "So partnering with Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the largest documentary festivals in the world, is a perfect fit."

Since launching in 2008, IndieGoGo has helped support more than 23,000 campaigns in 159 countries. As a result, it is the world’s leading international crowdfunding website.

Last year, Sheffield Doc/Fest made festival history when it held its first festival crowdfunding pitch that raised £1,500 for Stephen Burton’s winning project "This is Me," which has since moved into production. Saturday June 11, 2011 has been deemed “Crowdfunding Day” and will feature Doc/Fest’s second crowdfunding pitch in addition to presentations and discussions centered around crowdfunding and tips on how filmmakers can gain collaborators, fans and followers.