Sunday, October 30, 2016

Crowdfunding Push: Dreaded Light

A new feature film is currently in the pre-production phase in the UK and it is looking for funding. However, the Dreaded Light comes with a slightly different way of finding the funds for this project. Led by Mark MacNicol, an industry veteran, here's some additional info about it:

A recently widowed father is struggling to cope with his grief as well as his two teenage daughters. The youngest has developed a fear of daylight – The eldest died when she was a baby.

Aside from a horror plot, the film provides an interesting, investment-like process for those who want to support it.

We applied for and received clearance on to a programme called Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme ‘SEIS’. It’s designed to give flagging industry sectors like film a boost. As a result any investment in Mark’s new feature film is very low risk thanks to a 70% refund (regardless of the film making a profit or not) by combining SEIS 50% with the film fund of 20%. In summary we’re giving you the opportunity to potentially make a profit, support the arts (in particular the struggling film sector) and also have some fun too. In addition we’re giving young people from socially excluded areas work experience on the film.

This means that potential funders can help make Dreaded Light happen while at the same time they end up making an investment. I always thought that was a sorely needed alternative in the independent movie-making industry and now it seems it is slowly becoming reality. If you might be interested in the project, check out the film's website here.


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