Crowdsourcing Mornings: 2016 Atlanta Film Festival


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

If they’ve learned one thing in 39 years, it’s that connection with a filmmaker dramatically magnifies the impact of his or her film.  Back this project and you can take credit for some of that impact. With this money, they are able to fly filmmakers from across the world to their festival and make those important connections between artist and audience.

In case you haven’t heard, the Atlanta Film Festival is the city’s premier film event—a 10-day showcase for 200+ films and the people who make them. In addition to feature and short film screenings, the Festival hosts parties, a 5-day Creative Conference, the highly popular Sound & Vision night of music and film, red carpet events, a screenplay competition, and more. Now turning 40-years-old, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of the longest-running and most prestigious film festivals in the world. The 2016 festival runs April 1st through April 10th.

In the past, the festival was lucky enough to receive donated flights and hotel rooms (or the money to buy them) so that they could bring filmmakers, actors, distributors, press and other members of the industry to Atlanta to participate.  They are still blessed to receive gifts and donations through generous sponsors, but maintaining a strong hospitality budget is difficult as a non-profit arts organization. Filmmaker participation is an essential part of the festival experience, and they want to return the travel and lodging budget to its former strength. All funds this campaign collects will bring filmmakers & industry members to Atlanta in April.

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As of November 19th, this project has raised around $14,000 of their $40,000 goal. This project only has 26 days left to raise the $40,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $20, you will get to be on the backers jury.  For a pledge of $40, you will get their MovieHopper Card, be a part of their holiday and ATLFF Backers Mixer parties, and be on the backers jury.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlff/2016-atlanta-film-festival

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