02 Jul

How and Why Crowdfunding Works for Filmmakers

Indie films tell some of the greatest stories on both big and small screens. However, as they lack Hollywood style budgets, many of these projects would never have gotten off the ground if it wasn’t for crowdfunding.

You may not realize just how many Indie films have been backed by crowdfunding campaigns. A couple of recent examples include “The Square,” and Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here.”

Many people love to support a project they’re passionate about, so if you’re having trouble financing your film, crowdfunding serves as a great way to earn extra revenue.

When you’ve made the decision to get onboard with crowdfunding, it’s important to do your research on the platforms available to gather your funds. There’s a lot of different crowdfunding sites to choose from, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and E-Fundie, so you want to take the time to find the one that works best for you. Choose a site offering the following features:

  • Low maintenance fees.
  • The ability to keep the money even if you don’t reach your fundraising goal.

Alejandra Amarilla Leads Kickstarter Campaign for Landfill Harmonic

Another incredible film that received its financing through a successful crowdfunding campaign is the Landfill Harmonic. Produced by Alejandra Amarilla, this moving documentary tells the story of a youth orchestra in the barrios of Paraguay. A humble garbage picker uses his creative imagination to create instruments for the children to play out of recycled materials like metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes.

The film showcases the magic that can happen when a community bands together and gets a little creative. Production began back in 2011, when some of the children who learned to play the violin, flute, drums, cello, and more were filmed. The film crew returned in 2012 to update the progress of three of the young musicians.

Thanks to Alejandra Amarilla and her team, this incredible story of transforming trash and recycled materials into beautiful sounding instruments can now be shared with the world. The members of the Landfill Harmonic serve as an inspiration to all. This film can be truly life changing for everyone fortunate enough to view it.

Nearly 5,000 people and organizations banded together to fund the Landfill Harmonic film project. Alejandra Amarilla and her team set an initial goal of $175,000, which was exceeded by nearly 23 percent to an overwhelming $214,129.