Panel + Conversation

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Monday, June 3

Location: Cinema505

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Tickets are FREE but required for entry
*limit of 2 per person

Thinking about making a movie, show, or web series? Great, but how are you going to fund it? And when you’re finished, who’s going to watch it?

Join Seed&Spark’s founder and CEO Emily Best for this can’t-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop to learn:

  • Why audience building is essential for a film career and crowdfunding;
  • How to define, find, talk to, and grow your audience;
  • How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goals, incentives, and a communication plan);
  • Why staged financing might be right for you;
  • How all of this ties into a lasting and sustainable career as a creator and;
  • What the advantages are to filming in New Jersey!

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Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a platform that makes entertainment more diverse, inclusive, connected and essential. Seed&Spark’s platform and national education program have helped thousands of bold storytellers raise millions to bring to life entirely new stories, and Seed&Spark delivers those stories into workplaces for employee training, engagement, and intelligence through an enterprise SaaS platform Film Forward.  Film Forward gather the qualitative and quantitative data essential for driving lasting structural change for inclusive and productive workplaces.

An advocate for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, Best regularly speaks at conferences and events about leveraging entertainment to build equity and sustainability for everyone. Best was named a 2013 Indiewire Influencer, a 2014 New York Business Journal “Woman of Influence”, a 2015 Upstart 100 entrepreneur (Business Journals), received the Ivy Film Innovator Award in 2015 and in 2016, graduated from Techstars Boston, and is now a mentor for Techstars, PlugIn South LA, Start with 8 Hollywood, Square One Startup School. She serves on the Advisory Board for a variety of early stages startups and the Board of Film Impact Georgia. In 2023, CNBC named Seed&Spark one of the top 200 fintech companies in the world. She has produced films, VR, shorts and series that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, Tribeca and more. She is currently working on a feature documentary on the Equal Rights Amendment.