An extraordinary Indiegogo campaign has kicked off: Ukraine’s Odessa Film Festival, facing a tough 2014 given the country’s political and economic situation, has suffered the loss of state funding as well as a number of sponsors dropping involvement. So the fest’s taking to crowdfunding in order to raise the money needed to keep going.
As is the case with most festivals, passes and ticket sales account for very little of the budget needed to put on the event. In the case of Odessa, it’s only 2%.
Now in its fifth year, and slated for the nearing dates of July 11 through 19, the Odessa Film Festival is seeking $25,000 from crowdfunding backers to keep the festival alive, particularly to cover technical and organizational expenses. The rewards range anywhere from a hug (for $5 backers) to festival passes and a real VIP experience (for backers in the $500 to $1000 range).
Odessa was originally founded in 2010 to bring high-quality films to Ukrainian audiences, as well as working on developing and bolstering Ukraine’s film industry. Here’s a little more about the festival’s mission and accomplishments from their Indiegogo page:
For the past four years Odessa Film Festival was attended by
over 300 000 viewers and 3 000 professionals from 40 countries. Over 400 movies
were screened. About 70 000 people watched our films at the free open-air
screenings. More than 600 students listened to master classes by famous
directors, actors, producers, film critics and other film industry experts at
the Summer Film School.
Festival strives to promote young Ukrainian filmmakers and
become a launching pad for their international recognition…
We believe that cinema is a powerful tool of a civil
protest, it unites people of all nationalities and is able to make a positive
change as well as to raise the spirit of nation. That’s why the Odessa IFF
should take place in Ukraine this year!