14 – How to Run Your Kickstarter Campaign


So you’ve heard about this cool thing called crowdfunding – or Kickstarter or Indiegogowhere people are getting their documentary films financed by people all around the world. who are interested in being a part of their project.  And you’re thinking that you might like to do the same… but you haven’t a clue where to even begin.  Well – surprised, surprise – I’m here to help make your crowdfunding dreams come true!


Having successfully run two Kickstarter campaigns for two different film projects (Journey to Kathmandu, Elvis of Cambodia), I want to offer some valuable advice on how to best run your crowdfunding campaign.  But maybe even more importantly, I wanna tell you about what not to do, so you may avoid screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-56-15-pmsome rather tricky pitfalls that, if not aware of beforehand, could seriously jeopardize the success during or after your campaign.  (Can you say ‘hidden costs of a Kickstarter campaign’??)



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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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