FILMS IN THE CROWD
FILM WA Screen Academy is moving with the times when it comes to teaching innovative ways to finance and market its film projects.
Recently appointed director and veteran filmmaker Cathy Henkel has introduced crowdfunding to the WA Screen Academy course, claiming it an essential tool budding filmmakers should learn as part of their craft.
She said while student films produced by the WA Screen Academy were fully funded by ECU, students would, for the first time this year, use crowdfunding to boost the budgets of four short films that they were producing.
Two documentaries ( What’s the Deal with Data? and Left Behind) and two dramas ( True Colours and Tryptophan: seduced by chocolate) have been selected.
The first crowdfunding campaign was for What’s the Deal with Data? to employ an external animation artist, and students successfully doubled their target.
The second campaign was for True Colours, a short film exploring homophobia and bullying in high schools, with more at www.indiegogo.com/projects/true-coloursshort-film.
The four films will screen at Luna Palace Cinemas in Leederville later this year.