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|IndieGoGo Announces Partnership with San Francisco Film Society To Provide Expanded Services for Independent Filmmakers|
Fundraising Website Joins Forces with SFFS Fiscal Sponsorship Program to Facilitate Access to New Sources of Funding for Indie Film Projects
Berkeley, California, September 22, 2009-IndieGoGo.com, the most trafficked website for film funding, announced today a partnership with the San Francisco Film Society to provide independent filmmakers access to a greater range of fundraising opportunities. In this unique partnership, SFFS and IndieGoGo will provide filmmakers a single-platform solution integrating fiscal sponsorship with audience-building and crowd-funding efforts, thus streamlining filmmakers' efforts to raise money and build audiences.
Working with a fiscal sponsor, like the Film Society, allows a filmmaker to solicit funds from a wide range of sources - notably government, foundation, corporate, individual and other philanthropic entities - that give only to nonprofit organizations with IRS tax-exempt status. This resource, combined with IndieGoGo's suite of online fundraising and audience-building tools that connect projects to people, will provide filmmakers with more opportunities to get their film funded, made and seen.
"We're excited to partner with our forward-thinking friends at IndieGoGo," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director. "The dovetailing of complementary services offers independent filmmakers the best of both traditional and cutting-edge methods to realize their cinematic visions."
Starting today, IndieGoGo will offer its members access to the SFFS fiscal sponsorship program. As the only fiscal sponsor organization currently partnered with IndieGoGo, the Film Society and its services will be introduced to more than 10,000 filmmakers and film fans already using IndieGoGo. Filmmakers interested in SFFS fiscal sponsorship are subject to membership and application fees.
"Never has it been so fast, economical and trouble-free for a filmmaker to combine fundraising and fiscal sponsorship," said IndieGoGo cofounder Slava Rubin. "We are very excited to work with SFFS to empower filmmakers across the United States with more fundraising opportunities."
For more information about IndieGoGo's online tools: http://www.indiegogo.com
For more information about SFFS fiscal sponsorship: http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker-services/fiscal-sponsorship
To find out more about the partnership, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/sffs/view
IndieGoGo provides tools for fundraising, promotion and discovery to the film and media industry. Launched in 2008 on the principles of opportunity, transparency, choice and action, IndieGoGo's goal is to enable filmmakers to showcase their work, mobilize their fans and DIWO (Do-It-With-Others!). IndieGoGo is the most trafficked site in film funding and has been used in over 90 countries. It has been featured in top-tier media including BBC, AP, Reuters, Filmmaker Magazine and Techcrunch, and conferences like the Sundance Film Festival. IndieGoGo is headquartered in Berkeley, CA.
San Francisco Film Society is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. SFFS year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The Film Society shows the best of world cinema year-round on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; presents the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SF International (April 22-May 6, 2010); publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, featuring broad-ranging news and features on Bay Area film and media; annually reaches more than 8,000 students ages 6-18 with its acclaimed media literacy programs; and provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, Fiscal Sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.