We’re on the hunt for innovative, poignant and eerie genre stories, and the producers behind It Follows and Creep are with us. Because you never know when your creative expression may help ward off someone’s demons.
3311 Productions and The Orchard will award one film $25,000, join as executive producer and provide a first-look distribution deal.
Dare to join us?
1. LAUNCH CAMPAIGN
Submit a crowdfunding campaign for a genre feature film on Seed&Spark by May 1, 2018. Opt into Communal Nightmares when submitting your campaign. Note that your campaign must be approved for launch by 7 pm PST May 10, 2018 to launch with this rally. Read about our process. All campaigns will launch at 9 am PST on May 14, 2018 and end at 9 pm PST on June 15, 2018.
2. BUILD & ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE
To qualify for prizes, you must raise a minimum of $7,500 in cash contributions and gather a minimum of 1,000 campaign followers. Followers include all contributors, as well as anyone who clicks “follow” from your campaign page to receive your email updates.
3. FINALIST PITCH
Once you are an eligible finalist (minimum of $7,500 raised in cash contributions and at least 1,000 followers), you’ll have 10 days to post a 30-second video update telling 3311 Productions and The Orchard how you would use the $25,000 investment in your project. The best pitches will make it clear why genre is the best format for telling the story you want to tell.
Winners will be selected at the discretion of 3311 Productions and The Orchard. All winners will be announced in late June 2018.
What types of projects are eligible?
This rally is for feature genre films. That means horror, thriller, sci-fi — genres that are uniquely powerful in their ability to identify fears and allow people to start working through them together.
Does the project have to be ready to go into production?
Not at all! You can run a crowdfunding campaign at any stage from development to post-production. The purpose is to start building your audience and to advance your project to the next phase.
When should I submit and launch my campaign on Seed&Spark?
You can submit your project as soon as you want, but you must submit before May 1, 2018 at the latest for the feedback process. This allows enough time for our crowdfunding specialists to review your campaign and provide personalized feedback. Your campaign must be approved for launch by 7 pm PST on May 10, 2018.
How long will the Communal Nightmares crowdfunding campaigns run?
All participating campaigns will launch at 9 am PST on May 14, 2018, and end at 9 pm PST on June 15, 2018.
What happens after the crowdfunding ends?
The end of your campaign is just the beginning! If you get the green light (raise 80% of your goal), we begin to transfer the funds and you get to work fulfilling incentives, updating your supporters and making your project.
If you raise at least $7,500 in cash contributions and have a minimum of 1,000 campaign followers, you'll have 10 days to submit your pitch materials for the 3311 Productions and The Orchard prize. (Don't worry, we'll email you all those details when you become eligible.) And of course, the funds will be transferred, you'll fulfill your incentives and (most importantly!) be one giant step closer to making your film!
When will the finalists be announced?
Communal Nightmares Crowdfunding Rally finalists will be announced on June 18, 2018.
When will the winners be announced?
All winners will be announced and notified in late June 2018.
Are there still benefits if I don’t win?
The answer is a big, fat YES! ALL filmmakers who gather 500 or more followers are eligible for Seed&Sparks Filmmaker Rewards, worth over $9,000 in production, post, distribution and marketing perks, as well as festival fee waivers. More importantly, by raising funds and gathering an audience on Seed&Spark, participants take control of their creative future, creating a path to their own sustainable filmmaking career. And that's the biggest win out we can think of.
Before we get started, please confirm the following:
By starting a project you agree to Seed&Spark’s Site Guidelines.
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