An update on Chico and Rita, the Spanish produced animation nominee at this year’s Oscars.
According to Indiewire and in indie terms, it’s doing well at the box office.
Check out the official trailer and, if you are a NYC dweller, get thee to the Angelika to check out the whole film!
Jaume Balagueró won a Catalan Film Academy Gaudí Award on Monday for Mientras Duermes, which also saw awards for Alberto Marini in screenplay, Luis Tosar in the lead role and an editing award for Guillermo de la Cal.
Now Balagueró’s brother-in-arms of the REC series, Paco Plaza, will see his prequel of the original [REC]3 Genesis premiere in the midnight section at SXSW, an excellent American film festival that seems to always fly under the radar here in Spain, till now. And star Leticia Dolera’s screen shot is the face of the line-up announcement.
For more on the line-up, check out Indiewire’s article.
So my last post touched on Kickstarter and crowdfunding in general. A nice fella named David pointed out that I was mistaken and that, no, you cannot start up a Kickstarter campaign if you do not have a U.S. bank account. I’d link you to his blog but he seems to have trashed it. Too bad, it had good info. Lots more than I know!
But there is something you should read if you are thinking of setting up a crowdfunding campaign… Our friends at IndieWire (clearly my favorite rag on the American indie film scene) did another, more detailed, article on the elements that make a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s valid for any crowdfunding site, whether U.S.-based or abroad, and worth the read. Check it out!
Worlds collided for me today as everywhere I went on the web via different social networks, I was bombarded by info/articles and filmmaker pleas about or via Kickstarter, the self-proclaimed “largest funding platform for creative projects in the world”. I doubt you’re new to the concept of crowdfunding, but just in case, check out the Wikipedia definition here.
I’ve never tried crowdfunding a project, but after reading this Indiewire article on Kickstarter, it sounds tempting. The article focuses on the fact that not only is the project important, but the campaign. It’s worth a read in order to get you thinking about how you would position a project for crowdfunding.
After I stumbled on the article, a request for Kickstarter funding for Sawdust City popped up on my Facebook crawl (check out the trailer on Sawdust City’s Kickstarter page here, or if you’re in LA, see it this month at LAFF). It’s a film by David Nordstrom, a friend of my cousin Brendan, who I met while I was still living in NYC. Not much coincidence there. But then I went on his company website and saw that he starred in Trona, a film by my friend David Fenster who was the DP on a documentary project I developed back in the day in Miami. The world became suddenly smaller. But I digress.
Like most crowdfunding websites, Kickstarter is international, so you do not have to live in or be from the U.S. to submit a project, in case any of my compatriots in film here in Spain are itching to apply. There are Spanish sites as well, however, the best known at this time being Verkami and Lanzanos.
This is the first Saturday in a couple months that I haven’t been working full-time and my plan was to power my brain down. But maybe I’ll have to cook up a crowdfunding campaign and get up to speed with the future of creative funding. And it would have been so nice just to relax…
Very informative blog post on IndieWire by Orly Ravid of The Film Collaborative that looks at digital distribution opportunities for foreign films in the US with breakdowns of which cable companies are best for foreign film VOD.
The gist on content: it better be “sci-fi, thriller/crime, action, and sophisticated horror. Dramas have had limited success, and comedies often don’t translate, nor does most children’s content.”
Keep it genre, kids!