Freep fest, Hell’s Half Mile and Seed&Spark partner to help filmmakers


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Freep Film Festival is teaming with crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark and the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival to give four filmmakers the chance to pitch their projects in front of a live festival audience — and receive financial support, feedback and more for their film’s crowdfunding campaign.

The program is designed for Great Lakes-area filmmakers who are ready to start a new campaign with Seed&Spark or bolster a crowdfunding effort that is already underway.

The Crowdfunding Rally creates the opportunity for filmmakers to capitalize on the excitement of film festivals by helping them convert festival-going fans into contributors. Participating filmmakers will attend a live pitch event at the 15th Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City (for narrative filmmakers) and at the 8th Freep Film Festival in Detroit (for documentary filmmakers).

If a project is chosen to participate, filmmakers will be asked to set up a campaign on Seed&Spark’s online crowdfunding platform. It will be used to collect the contributions that come the filmmaker’s way.


Four filmmakers will be chosen to participate – two with narrative projects, two with documentaries. The festival partners are sharing an entry portal, but generally the documentary filmmakers will engage with Freep Film Festival, and the narratives with Hell’s Half Mile.

Freep Film Festival will host the live rally for the doc filmmakers, and also deliver their benefits. Hell’s Half Mile will handle those details for the narrative filmmakers. 


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