A10, City Campus, University of Wales Newport
Thinking about ways you can fund your next project?
Seen that there have been more projects funded by a greater number of crowdfunding sites?
Want some tips on what to do and what not to do, how long in advance you need to start your planning, what captures attention, etc?
Then come along to our Crowdfunding Masterclass
James Mullighan, Arts and Creative Industries consultant, producer and commentator
Charlie Philips, Marketplace Director, Sheffield DocFest
Franny Armstrong, Filmmaker, Spanner Films
Ashley Jones, Filmmaker, Green Lions
Former pop drummer and self-taught filmmaker Franny Armstrong, born 1972, has directed three feature documentaries - The Age of Stupid (2008), McLibel (2005) and Drowned Out (2003) - which have together been seen by 70 million people on TV, cinema, internet and DVD worldwide. In the early days of the internet in 1996 she founded the McSpotlight website, which Wired magazine described as "the blueprint for all activist websites". Through her company, Spanner Films, Franny pioneered the “crowd-funding” finance model, which allows filmmakers to raise reasonable-size budgets whilst retaining ownership of their films - Age of Stupid is the most successful known example, raising £900,000+ from 300+ investors - as well as the “Indie Screenings” distribution system, which lets anyone make a profit by holding screenings of independent films - Stupid was screened locally 1,100+ times in the first six months. In March 2009, the solar-powered Age of Stupid "People's Premiere" set a new Guinness World Record by being simultaneously screened in 63 cinemas across Britain, whilst only producing 1% of the emissions of a standard premiere. It also hit No 1 at the UK Box Office, backed by zero pounds spent on advertising. Then in September 2009, a million people watched Stupid's Global Premiere event - featuring Kofi Annan, Gillian Anderson & Radiohead's Thom Yorke - in 700 cinemas in 63 countries, linked by satellite. In September 2009 Franny founded the 10:10 climate campaign which aims to cut the UK's carbon emissions by 10% during 2010 and which has amassed huge cross-societal support including Adidas, Microsoft, Spurs FC, the Royal Mail, 75,000 people, 1,500 schools, a third of local councils, the entire UK Government and the Prime Minister. 10:10 launched internationally in March 2010 and, as of July 2010, has autonomous campaigns up and running in 41 countries, where some of the key sign-ups include the French Tennis Open, the city of Oslo and L'oreal. 10:10 estimates that organisations doing 10:10 have so far cut 500,000 tonnes of C02.
Franny has been called a "21st Century Heroine" by Harper's Bizarre, an "Eco Hero of the Decade" by The Guardian, one of "London's 1,000 most influential people" by The Evening Standard, one of the world's "Top 100 Women" by the Guardian and "Green Personality of the Year" by Edie. She is a Londoner born and bred.
Charlie Phillips is the Marketplace Director for Sheffield Doc/Fest, co-ordinating the MeetMarket, a unique opportunity for filmmakers and digital media producers to present their most innovative and passionate ideas to commissioners, buyers, funders and distributors. He also runs all other marketplace activities at Sheffield Doc/Fest, including public pitches, industry meetings, matchmaking and mentoring sessions, and year-round workshops. Before that, he was the Editor of FourDocs, Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning online documentary channel, and he continues to bring an interactive and cross-platform perspective to Sheffield’s marketplace activities.
James Mullighan, Chair
South Australian born, British resident James Mullighan is an arts and film consultant, producer and commentator.
A Board Member of Encounters Festivals, he is currently Chief Executive Officer of Transmedia Next; a juror, ambassador, and UK and Australian liaison for Cinelan; Producer of Marketing and Distribution for the Sleep Paralysis Project, and Contributing Editor for Rich Pickings. In 2011 he directed the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Prior to that, James was Creative Director of Shooting People and, before that, the producer of RESFEST’s UK, Irish and Australian tours. James is also an arts journalist (Rolling Stone, GQ, Scotsman, The Age) and former music industry executive (Sony Classical and Columbia, Australia).
James is a juror for Soho Rushes, the Depict! Awards, the London Short Film Festival, Virgin Media Shorts, Friends of the Earth’s Green Film Competition, and the Vimeo Festival and Awards 2012. James is an advisor to the boards of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, London Short Film, Branchage International Film and Abandon Normal Devices festivals, and is a Trustee of Dramatic Need. He also chairs the Cinovate programme for Media Academy Wales.
Ashley is a producer, director and writer and runs indie production company GREEN LIONS, with his creative partner DAVID BOND. He produced the international award-winning feature doc ERASING DAVID, and before that directed a series of 3 Minute Wonder films for Channel 4. Ashley is currently producing and directing the feature documentary PROJECT WILD THING, due for release in Summer 2013. He is developing new projects, including feature documentaries, and a prime-time TV project for UK and US broadcasters.
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