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Sheffield Doc/Fest launches crowdfunding campaign

International documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest today launched The Sheffield DocFest SuperConnector crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo. The campaign aims to raise $25,000 over 43 day period for Doc/Fest 2013, the 20th edition of the longest-standing documentary and digital festival and marketplace in the UK.

An early advocate of crowdfunding for filmmakers (Doc/Fest 2010 staged the first-ever festival crowdfunding pitch), Doc/ Fest is now embracing the same approach to fundraising as part of its own funding model.

What they are asking is simple. Are you one of the many people who have enjoyed going to the festival in recent years? Would you like to see more of it? If the answer is a big ‘YES’ then head over to their Indiegogo page and support them with however much you can spare.The same goes if you have worked with Sheffield Doc/Fest, had your film featuring in Sheffield or benefited from one of the great things related to the festival.

There are 12 different levels of involvement starting at $30 for Doc/Fan to $2,500 for Doc/Patron,with numerous packages in between, including Doc/Fire ($200 – walking on fire with the Doc/Fest team) and Doc/Interview ($750 – host a Q&A at Doc/Fest 2013 with a favourite filmmakers). Among the many other perks are a one-off piece of art personalised by artist-in-residence Sarah Smizz, screen acknowledgements before each screening, page mention in the catalogue, Sheffield-made Doc/Fest sweets, a signed Louis Theroux DVD and Michael Palin book and a 2-hour one-on-one intensive documentary mentoring.

Charlie Phillips, Marketplace Director Sheffield Doc/Fest said: “For all Doc/Fest friends and fans this is a chance to be part of something exciting and meaningful. And for Doc/Fest it’s important that we take a creative and alternative approach to funding because festival funding, like everything else, is getting tighter. We are always looking at ways to bring in funds from a variety of sources so that we continue to deliver a world class festival and make all the connections happen between buyers/filmmakers/ producers/crew and more. And of course I’ve always been passionate about crowdfunding, so this is a natural progression for Doc/Fest”.

You can find out more on the Sheffield Doc/Fest Superconnector fund page.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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