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Why are Australian film distributors not using social media?

An interesting post on Mumbrella questions why Australian film distributors are not using social media to cost effectively promote the films on their list. It takes a look at how poorly a couple of recent films, Not Suitable For Children  &  The King is Dead, were treated by the distributors as they neglected and mishandled [...]

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The Tunnel Case Study – Part 2

Continuing on from Monday’s post about the crowdfunded film The Tunnel – with it’s plans for release via torrent – today I’m talking specifically about their marketing, social media, and community management. Or lack thereof. It’s an area in which they’ve made some achievements, though still have plenty of space for improvement. While the key [...]

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Crowdfunding The Tunnel One Dollar at a Time

The Tunnel is a low budget Australian project in the midst of pre-selling film frames to raise the $135,000 cash budget, with plans to release the film for free online via file sharing later this year. It’s exciting to see this happening on my home turf, and interesting to hear in person the reasoning behind [...]

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Iron Sky & Crowdsourcing

Iron Sky Poster Iron Sky is the latest film from the team behind StarWreck (the Finnish amateur crowdsourced film released under creative commons and viewed over 8 million times before gaining a distribution deal with Universal). While some things have changed in the team’s approach – the most obvious being Iron Sky’s 6.5 million euro [...]

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Crowdfunding vs Free

The digital age has opened a flood gate of experimental business models as indie filmmakers forge their way into the future. In one camp we have crowdfunding, that seeks money from fans before the film has even been made, and at the other end of the spectrum there are people giving their content away for [...]

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The Cosmonaut Remixed

The crowdfunded Spanish film, The Cosmonaut, has moved into their next phase of creative commons community involvement. Until the end of the month people have a chance to win prizes if they remix a trailer for the film. The goal is to get 500 entries to prove to the Spanish film industry that people are [...]

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Biracy evolution

Taking on board all the feedback and comments they’ve received, Biracy has redesigned their website, restructured information to make it easier to follow, and clarified several things. I’m really happy to see this project take form – the fact they are actively listening and responding to their audience proves they have the right attitude for [...]

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Crowdfunding from Putty Hill to Berlin

Crowdfunding from Putty Hill to Berlin

Thanks to Ted Hope for bringing Matthew Porterfield’s partly crowdfunded “Putty Hill“ to my attention. This microbudget feature is screening at Berlin this week.Worn out by the long development and funding process of the traditional film industry process, Matthew resorted to using an improvised script, mostly non-professional cast and crew, a free camera rental, $20,000, [...]

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Don’t Call Back – Crowdfunding

Don’t Call Back – Crowdfunding

“Don’t Call Back” is a microbudget feature being shot this week in London. The filmmakers managed to raise slightly more than their goal budget (of £20,000) via crowdfunding. Theirs is a pretty cut-down version of crowdfunding, but it met their goal, so that’s worth commendation. They’ve kept it simple with all funds considered ‘donations’ (no [...]

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The Cosmonaut Model for Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing

The Cosmonaut Model for Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing

One small step for man, one giant leap for indie film… The Spanish indie film The Cosmonaut has perhaps the best crowdfunding model I’ve seen so far, and has also incorporated crowdsourced elements and freemium techniques.[Thanks to Robert Pratten for pointing me in the direction of this project - do check out his fantastic articles [...]

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