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Fund Your Outdoor Movie Series Through Kickstarter or Indiegogo
by Nicholas Bazanov
Are you interested in starting an outdoor movie screening series, but aren't quite able to cover the upfront costs? Do want to give something back to your community with a outdoor screening series but having a little trouble raising awareness of your project? If you are, I suggest setting up a fundraising campaign through a service such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo. It's a relatively easy process and the results can be astonishing, why not give it a try and see where it leads? If you're new to either service, I'm happy to offer some tips on creating the fundraising campaign to get your outdoor movie series off and going.
В A Good Name for YourВ Outdoor Movie Series
First things first: think of a good name. A short memorable name can make all the difference in the world, as an effective name will stick with your audience for a lifetime. Think of a name that conveys the feeling that your outdoor movie series is aiming for, but also one gives a general description of what you'd like to see the project end up as in the future. Make sure not to limit the name of your series to one level of success, you never know where things could lead!
Financial Benchmarks for YourВ Outdoor Movie Series
Next, pick a reasonable financial goal and stick to it. Determine the costs of your project (screen, possible permits needed, perhaps a generator if you're not going to be near a power supply) and come up with a total figure that will cover the amount that you see fit. Adding incentives to donors is always a tried-and-true method in these types of campaigns, perhaps offer donors on the $1000 level a cosponsor credit on your flyer, or advertising space to a local business during the screening. Remember: both Kickstarter and Indiegogo will take between 5%-10% of donated funds, make sure to factor that in as well.
В Sharing YourВ Outdoor Movie Series
Finally, make a video for your project that gives a complete description of your project in the most effective way. Videos make all the difference with these types of fundraising campaigns, they let your perspective donors know that you're serious about the project and it also gives you friends and family something to share with their friends, which will expand your audience exponentially. Getting the word out is as equally important as raising money, make sure as many people know about your project as possible.
Follow these steps and you'll be on your way to raising the money need to create a truly great outdoor screening series. Don't forget to promote, promote, promote!