At Crowdfunder, we’re proud to call ourselves the home of film and documentary crowdfunding.

Over the years we’ve seen countless successful film and documentary teams raise money from the crowd to make their ideas a reality. Though it’s not just about the money as crowdfunding is a great way to drive brand awareness and customer engagement!

In fact, the average film or documentary on Crowdfunder raises ££40,000. 

In this blog, you’ll find a breakdown of the crowdfunding experience, important links to our Knowledge Hub, and inspiring examples of past successful projects! 

So whether you’re looking to create or market your film or documentary, Crowdfunder is the place for you. 

The crowdfunding journey 

We know that launching your first Crowdfunder project is an exciting and unique experience.   But don’t forget that lots of work goes into building a great campaign. To help you on your way, we’ve broken your journey into four main phases. 

Planning

Make a plan, find your crowd, and build a strong foundation for your campaign.

Creating

Tell your story, define the rewards, and make your project stand out.

Running

People who like your idea can either make a donation or pledge money in return for a reward  that they’ll receive once your project succeeds. 

Delivering

Once your project has closed successfully, it’s time to deliver your rewards and get to work making your idea a reality!

Sound daunting? Don’t worry, our Knowledge Hub is filled with advice and guidance to help you make your project a success no matter what stage you’re at.

Check out the Knowledge Hub

Types of crowdfunding

We offer two types of crowdfunding options and it’s up to you to decide which one is right for your film or documentary! 

All or nothing

By using ‘all or nothing’ you will only receive the funds you raise if you hit your target. This funding option is best suited to film and documentary projects that need to raise a set amount of money in order to carry out the project’s stated aims. 

All or nothing projects tend to raise more money and attract bigger pledges. However, if you do not meet your target, your supporters will be refunded and your project will close as unsuccessfully.

Keep what you raise (also known as flexible funding)

With this method, you will keep all funds you raise, even if you don’t hit your target. This funding option is best suited to projects that can make good use of any amount of money they raise. Flexible Funding projects tend to attract smaller pledges. 

Please note that even if you don’t hit your target, you’ll still have to fulfil all rewards that supporters have pledged on. 

Get inspired by film and documentaries projects that have already crowdfunded 

Food for Thought Documentary

Food for Thought raised over £75,000 from 250 supporters through Crowdfunder to create a feature documentary designed to inspire and promote the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

Here are some of their amazing rewards…

  • For a pledge of £50, you would get a signed DVD, poster, and your name in the credits of the film.
  • For a pledge of £1,000 you would have the opportunity to spend a day on set with the directors, and receive signed memorabilia. 

Sealskin

In 2018, Sealskin raised £6,008 from 146 supporters to create a magical realist drama inspired by Celtic Selkie folklore and feminist retellings of fairy tales.

Check out a couple of their incredible rewards…

  • For a pledge of £50, you would gain access to the digital production book, filled with concept art, storyboards, and reference images. 
  • For £100, you would attend a private screening of the film along with the cast and crew. 

Other resources 

Help centre 

Got a question? Our 24/7 Help Centre is full of answers and support from the Crowdfunder Team.

Live online sessions

Our team regularly host live and interactive sessions to share all the tips and know-how you need to be successful on Crowdfunder.

+Extra funding 

We also have a pot of over £10million in match funding available to help support your business or project!