Where Do Crowdfunded Films Go After They Get The Money?

Posted on 18 April, 2017 by Team Wishberry


Crowdfunding does so much more than just helping independent filmmakers get the funds they need to make that film they’ve been itching to make. Backers probably don’t realise this, but they help independent films more than just exist, they help these films make waves all over the world. Whether you’ve backed a film or ever wondered what happened to these crowdfunded films, we’ve tracked their incredible journey across the globe. Check it out and be inspired!


Kothanodi, Bhaskar Hazarika’s debut venture, is a darkly stunning film tying together four Assamese folk tales. Juxtaposing morbidly dark stories against a rather idyllic landscape of rural Assam, let’s just say, this film will make you uncomfortable, yet keep you hooked. 

Accolades won:
Official Selection at the Busan International Film Festival 2015
Won the prestigious post production grant by Asian Cinema Fund, South Korea – becoming only the second ever Indian film to have done so
National Award for Best Assamese Film 2016
Official Selection at the New York Indian Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2015
Official Selection – India Gold at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
Official Selection at the Dharamshala Internatonal Film Festival 2016

One Last Question

Based on a true story, One Last Question is Prathamesh Krisang’s debut venture. It’s the story of four teenagers who get inspired to join an extremist outfit in Assam. Thus begins a journey that sheds immense light on how violence and conflict shape young lives, and how thousands of men and women are mindlessly sacrificed over bloodshed. 

Accolades won:
Golden Palm Award for the Best First Time Filmmaker at the 10th Mexico International Film Festival 2015 
Best Film and Best Actor Award at the 5th Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival 2015
Official Selection at the BaNeFF Doc: Short, Sweden 2015
Official Selection at the Southern Film Festival 2015


Leeches is a short film by Payal Sethi. Set in an old world Hyderabad, 18-year old Raisa is on a dangerous mission to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride. Run through the old city’s crammed bylanes, quaint chaos and dark underbelly to explore the age old practice of contract marriages with underage brides.
Accolades won: 
Grand Prix International at the Brussels Short Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2016
National Award for Best Music 2016

For the love of a man

For the Love of a Man is a documentary by Rinku Kalsy on the fandom of legendary megastar Rajinikanth. Through the lives of three fans, we see the God-like status Rajinikanth has down South, and how being a Rajini fan is so more than just whistling at the screen, it’s something most superstars can only dream of achieving. 

Accolades won: 
Official Selection at the New York Indian Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at IFFLA 2016 Special Screening at Mumbai International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection – India Short at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at Dubai International Film Festival 2015
Official Selection in the Documentary Section at the 72nd Venice Film Festival

Goonga Pehelwan

Goonga Pehelwan is an extraordinary documentary about the journey of a deaf wrestler to the Rio Olympics! 

Accolades won: 
National Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director (non-feature film)
Best Documentary at the 1st International Film Festival for Persons with Disabilities
Opening Film of Indian Panorama 2015 at International Film Festival 2015

Breaking Free

Breaking Free is a film that shows you the impact of decriminalisation of Section 377 on the LGBTQ community. With over 400 hours of footage collected over a span of 7 years, this film does more than just shed light on impact on the lives of an entire community, it makes you realise that this is a fight for human rights to be fought by ALL OF US. 

Accolades won: 
Official Selection in the Indian Panorama section at International Film Festival 2015
National Award for Best Editing
Isn’t it crazy how what starts off as a humble dream, creates international mark thanks to the love and support of backers from all over the world? Well, if you have a story that just needs to be told, but need the funds for it, you know what to do!

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