Sundance may have been a disappointment for some in terms of the films, but perhaps the 2014 fest will be known for something bigger — the conversation about alternative financing and distribution platforms. Not satisfied how studios are developing and paying for completed films, filmmakers are clamoring for an alternative ways to make their work profitable. As a filmmaker tweeted at me earlier, “you can’t eat exposure.”
Last week I wrote about IndieFlix, one of the latest distribution platforms specifically targeted at independent film. Now let’s take a look at another aspect of getting a feature made, the all-important stage of financing.
Platforms like Kickstarter are becoming more and more important in getting an independent project made, so much so that even established talent like Zach Braff are using them to circumvent the studio system. But with all the noise on a site like Kickstarter, others are throwing their hat into the ring in hopes of becoming the go-to platform for independent feature film projects. Indiegogo is one such offering.
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