Your next short film must be crowdfunded. Here's why.
Posted on 12 December, 2017 by Team Wishberry
A Konkani film ‘Tiffin Box’ just screened at the Indian International Film Festival 2017. ‘Leeches’, an eye-opening movie based on the horrific system of one-day brides in Hyderabad, got picked up by Amazon. And ‘One Last Question’, based on teenage militancy in Assam, won the Best Film award at the prestigious ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival’ after being shown in Sweden and Mexico. What do all these films have in common? Two things - they are all short films and they have ALL been crowdfunded on Wishberry. Over Rs. 50 Lakhs have been raised on Wishberry for short films in the last 5 years!
Here’s a breakdown of all the reasons you too, should use this method of funding for your next short film:
Shorter movie = Smaller Budget = More chances of success at crowdfunding.
Short films, unlike full length feature films, have budgets ranging from Rs. 3 to 10 Lakhs. There is a much higher chance of raising small amounts via crowdfunding than big budgets because small amounts are easier to raise from just a few people.
Take, for example, Tiffin Box that completed its entire post-production with the help of just 16 funders.
This is a no-judgment zone.
Short films are excellent films for experimenting with alternative topics. The format of a short film (under 40 minutes) allows the creator to highlight themes that a full-length feature may not have the luxury to do so. Even uncomfortable topics that are deemed ‘too controversial’ or too “non-commercial” can find themselves as the subjects of many short films. While studios shy away from such themes, the public is more accepting. Crowdfunding lets you connect with individuals who support bolder plots through this open and honest mode of production sans censorship. One such film was ‘sisak’. It tackled the delicate topic of two men falling in love in a local train.
It’s more than just money, honey.
Of course, the aim of the game is to get you the money you need to finish the film. But crowdfunding has other hidden advantages too. Sisak’s Director Faraz Ansari experienced this firsthand. Through his crowdfunding campaign, he got in touch with people who wanted to get involved beyond giving money; a few even offered to design a poster for the film for free! The ‘crowdfunded’ tag went a long way in helping the movie garner 33 International Awards and screenings at festivals that spanned the globe; from India to the US!
Sisak is India’s first silent LGBTQ film.
The proof is in the pudding!
And especially so if you are a new filmmaker testing unfamiliar ideas with the audience. Crowdfunding gives you validation for your story. 8 students from the National Institute of Design will surely agree. They collectively managed to collect 400 people to get behind their crazy short films. From one way journeys to Mars, to understanding physics from the perspective of a dog, they collected more than 9 Lakhs from 400 individuals who got behind their dreams with not only encouragement but also with real moolah!