Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crowdfunding: Lessons learned down under

There have just been major cutbacks to the arts, overseas development aid and grants to innovative workshops in the Netherlands. One of the victims was Digital Pioneers, (www.digitalepioniers.nl/aanvraag) although you could argue that after 18 rounds of financing, the pioneering aspect was getting a difficult sell. What surprised me was that the last session went out with a whimper, whereas the clue to one path for the future was actually on stage. Look at this short video about the Crowdfunding start-up in Australia called Fundbreak and explore the projects that that been more than 100 percent funded by the public. I'm impressed that these creative people have gone through the process of making their pitch clear, concise and credible. Check out www.fundbreak.com . Would be interested to hear of other similar ventures supporting creative filmmakers in this way.

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