A trio of arts groups is joining forces to make it easier for independent film producers to get financing and distribution.
Seed&Spark has teamed up with Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), an online community of artists, and Film Independent, which produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, to offer a reduced rate on crowd-funding and distribution for indie films.
Here's how it works: Seed&Spark, which specializes in crowd funding and streaming distribution, offers discounts on its services to Film Independent and BVEW members. Seed&Spark will also provide individual consultations on how to develop audience-building campaigns to their community members. In return, Film Independent and BVEW will allow Seed&Spark users to redeem their reward points (known as Sparks) for membership discounts.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the folks at Seed&Spark,” Josh Welsh, co-president at Film Independent, said in a statement. “It’s not just a crowdfunding platform—it’s a very creative, smart set of tools for indie filmmakers to get their films made and get their films seen.”
Emily Best, the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, said she was partnering with “two visionary film membership organizations that represent the best of what indie film has to offer.”
Alex Cirillo, co-founder of BVEW, added: “Members are going to jump on the opportunity to crowdfund, build an audience, and monetize their projects all in one place.”