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DOC Canada, Indiegogo strike fees partnership

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) and crowdfunding website Indiegogo have partnered to offer Canadian documentary filmmakers a discount.
May 22, 2014

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) and crowdfunding website Indiegogo have partnered to offer Canadian documentary filmmakers a discount.

Under the partnership, documentary filmmakers who put their campaign on DOC’s partner page will save 25% on Indiegogo’s admin fees. For a campaign that reaches its fundraising goal, the admin fee is usually 4% – with the partnership, it will be 3%. For campaigns that do not meet their goal, Indiegogo charges a fee of 9%. Under the DOC partnership, that fee would be 6.75%. The fees are based on the fundraising goal of the campaign.

The announcement comes on the heels of a DOC-commissioned report released in May, analyzing the state of alternative funding in Canada.

With inventory for documentaries declining on traditional TV channels, and funding often tied to broadcaster greenlights, doc-makers are facing an increasingly challenging financing landscape. And, as the report noted, alternative financing options are few and far between, making crowdfunding an increasingly popular financing tool.

Thirty-five per cent of Canadian documentary filmmakers surveyed used crowdfunding to support their projects, with an average Kickstarter campaign raising only about $10,000 to $20,000 for feature-length projects.

“It is, right now, probably the only true alternative means of financing,” Lisa Fitzgibbons, executive director of DOC, told realscreen‘s sister publication¬†Playback Daily, noting that crowdfunding presents unique challenges, such as determining what a realistic goal might be for your project.

“There is a learning curve for those who are undertaking it,” Fitzgibbons said.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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