70 – Crowdfunding for Your Documentary with Seed & Spark's, Emily Best

Crowdfunding for Your Doc with Seed & Spark’s, Emily Best

Crowdfunding, nowadays, is one of the most common funding options out there for the documentary filmmaker.  However, the crowdfunding playing field has evolved considerably since the early days of Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


A multitude of crowdfunding platforms now do different things, depending on your needs.  And while the list of a doc filmmaker’s needs seems never-ending, it’s things like building an audience for your film, increasing your social media followers, and distribution options for your film, that are right at the top of any doc filmmaker’s list.


Which is what makes a crowdfunding platform like Seed & Spark such an attractive option.  It has all of those things and more.  It has been developed by industry leaders and is specifically geared to the independent filmmaker.  And for today’s episode, we’ve brought on Seed & Spark founder and CEO, Emily Best, to talk about it.  Among the many topics covered:


  • how & why Seed & Spark was created to put the independent back in independent filmmaking
  • how a platform like Seed & Spark runs a unique educational program to ensure success before you run a campaign through their platform
  • how Seed & Spark rewards are all about gaining followers for your crowdfund
  • Seed & Spark has an astonishing 80+ percent success rate with their crowdfund campaigns
  • Seed & Spark has distro platform that pays the highest royalty rate of any digital distribution platform


Related Resources

As referenced in the podcast episode, #DocLifer, Josh Davidsburg, is running a crowdfunding campaign for his film, Queen of the Capital, through Seed & Spark.  Check out the trailer for his doc, then see what he did for his S & S campaign here!





Free Filmmaker Crowdfunding Course w/ Seed & Spark







For a much more thorough examination of some of the film funding topics that we discussed in episode #69, you can purchase Carole’s book, The Art of Film Funding





Need Funding For Your Film?

Looking for funding for your film? Well, there’s still time to apply for the Roy W. Dean Grant, which is a wonderful opportunity for you, #DocLifer, to apply for some funding and incredible in-kind services for your film. And it just so happens that the next deadline is only a couple of weeks away… April 30th!!  Interested? Check out this video which provides some great insight & tips for applying.



In #DocLand we have very comprehensive tutorials on seeking and applying for grants and running crowdfunding campaigns.

 #DocLand is The Documentary Life‘s very own flagship filmmaking community which offers you step-by-step tutorials, industry expert webinars, private Facebook group, industry-standard templates and extensive resources, to assist you in the planning, funding and sharing of your documentary film.

Visit #Docland to learn more.


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Sponsors & Thank You’s

Free Music ArchiveSpecial Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week’s episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist’s music by going to Free Music Archive today!


Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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