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(free online workshop)


Whether you’re working in fiction or documentary, features, shorts or episodic content, learn the keys to launching a successful film crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.


As Kickstarter’s Senior Director of Film, Elise McCave is responsible for working with filmmakers and organizations worldwide to bring film projects to life and build communities of support. She works to ensure the creative voices on Kickstarter come from all corners of the industry,  producing work that explores the form to the fullest.


In this session, you'll join Elise as she explores some case studies to reveal what works and what doesn't when building a fundraising campaign. You’ll learn tips on how to prep, present yourself, and personalize your pitch. You’ll get advice on how to create your project video, work with rewards and incentives, how long to run your campaign and how to choose your funding goal. You’ll leave with the skills, ideas and inspiration to launch––and successfully fund––your own campaign.


The film category is one of Kickstarter’s most successful; since 2009, more than $400 million has been raised and over 75,000 film projects have been launched including $11-million animation project Critical Role and Netflix doc Knock Down the House. For the last 11 years, Kickstarter-funded projects have been nominated for or won Academy Awards, including Hair Love (Won, 2020), Period. End of Sentence (Won, 2019), Loving Vincent (Nominated, 2018), Anomalisa (Nominated, 2016), and Inocente (Nominated, 2013).


This workshop is made possible in part by the generous support of ArtsWestchester. YoFi Fest is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.

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