Filmbase to Host Crowd Funding Panel Session – Tuesday 25th September

Filmbase will host an evening panel session all about Crowd Funding on Tuesday 25th of September in their city centre venue starting at 6.30pm.  Taking part in the session will be Martin McNicholl of Fund it as well as filmmakers Sinead Ní Bhroin (Still Films) and Kevin de la Isla O’Neill (The Hit Producer).


As budgets are pinched and funding becomes more and more competitive, crowd funding has emerged in recent years as the new alternative to traditional routes of funding.  Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have emerged in the US and, closer to home, Fund it has helped Irish creatives raise over one million euro in funding.  This session will look at crowd funding specifically for film projects including how it works, the pitfalls, benefits and a whole lot more.  Joining us on the night, we’re delighted to have Martin McNicholl of Fund it and film producers Sinead Ní Bhroin (Still Films) and Kevin de la Isla O’Neill (The Hit Producer).  Our panel will be bringing their experiences of crowd funding to the table offering facts and figures as well as an insight into how much work a crowd funding project actually entails.  Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the night so this session is perfect for anyone thinking about crowd funding their film!  Below is an overview of what the evening will include as well as details on how to book for this free session.


The evening will kick off with an introduction to Fund it by Martin McNicholl who created the site with Business to Arts just over a year ago and has seen it develop from its infancy to hosting 400 projects across a range of creative topics including film, theatre, music, technology, visual arts and more.  Martin will let us in on all the nitty gritty details such as the number of film projects submitted to the site, the number of successful and unsuccessful projects and more.  He will be offering his expert advice on how to package your project and sell it to the masses as well as showcasing a selection of successful videos from various Fund it campaigns.  Rewards are a huge part of the crowd funding process so Martin will also be talking about which rewards work and which don’t. 


Sinead and Kevin will be giving us the filmmaker’s perspective on crowd funding.  Sinead has worked on a number of crowd funding campaigns for four Still Films’ productions.  We will be talking to her about her experiences using a variety of crowd funding websites (Fund it, Kickstarter and Buzzbnk) and what she learnt from these experiences.  Kevin de la Isla O’Neill is the producer on the feature project The Hit Producer that recently hit its target of €20,000 on Fund it.  Fresh from his experience of managing a crowd funding campaign of that scale, Kevin will be sharing his experience of the process from planning to execution and he’ll be giving us an insight into what’s required to get your project over the finish line. 


This session is free and will take place in the Basement Space at Filmbase on Tuesday 25th of September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  Anyone interested in attending must register in advance by emailing – please include ‘Crowd funding’ in the subject line and make sure to include your full name, contact number and (where relevant) your production company name. 


A selection of crowd funding sites:;;;


Still Films’ Where Were You:


The Hit Producer:—feature-film


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