DOCUMENTARY: Local filmmaker Karin Ecker is hoping her film project will be chosen as a crowdfunding case study at Screenworks Crowdfunding event. She is putting together a crowdfunding campaign to make her 2nd documentary film Birth Matters, a film that explores the education and empowering of women and health professionals on birthing choices.
DOCUMENTARY: Local filmmaker Karin Ecker is hoping her film project will be chosen as a crowdfunding case study at Screenworks Crowdfunding event. She is putting together a crowdfunding campaign to make her 2nd documentary film Birth Matters, a film that explores the education and empowering of women and health professionals on birthing choices. Contributed

Film makers seminar demystifies crowd funding

AS PART of Screenworks' upcoming Steps to Successful Crowdfunding seminar, two local film projects will have the opportunity to leap ahead towards getting the money they need in order for their film to be made.

The one-day seminar will be held from 9.30am-4pm on Friday, May 29 at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex.

Screenworks is bringing crowdfunding expert Thomas Mai to the region to guide an audience of local filmmakers through the key steps to a successful crowd funding campaign.

Thomas, who has run more than 17 crowdfunding campaigns and will use two local projects as case studies while he demonstrates how to put in place an effective crowd funding campaign.

Details on how to apply to be one of the two projects used as a case study are on Screenworks website at: screenworks.com.au

Mr Thomas will be joined at the seminar by the team from the local-phenomenal success, Honey Flow.

The creators of the revolutionary flow hive, a tap for extracting honey from bee hives, raised over $12 million through their recent crowdfunding campaign exceeding their $70,000 target.

The Honey Flow team will talk about the key elements they put in place to bring about the success of their remarkable campaign.

"We receive many requests for advice and support in getting finance for films," said Screenworks general manager Ken Crouch.

"With peer to peer funding becoming popular as a revenue source, we thought it was crucial to provide a seminar that highlights to local filmmakers the importance of these opportunities.

"In demonstrating how to set up a successful crowdfunding campaign, Mr Thomas will cover ways to create audience engagement, build circles of influence and secure third party partners.

"He believes the best way to be successful and profitable in today's social- media driven age is to represent the audience.

"If you only represent your film then you are just one film, but if you represent your film and the audience, financing and distribution will be so much easier."

Following the seminar on Saturday morning, Mr Thomas will be available for one-on-one meetings to provide specific project advice.

These meetings are by appointment only and arranged through Screenworks.

Tickets are $80 or $35 for Screenworks members. For information go to: screenworks.com.au or call 02 6687 1599.