iCrowdNewswire - Oct 10, 2016
The world’s first Crowdsourced Studio, delivering diverse content to audiences and empowering sustainable careers for creators.
Seed&Spark integrates the power of crowdfunding with streaming distribution as the world’s first crowdsourced film studio. We deliver diverse content to audiences and sustainability to artists.
In the 24 months since launch, we’ve proven that our value proposition resonates strongly with both filmmakers and audiences, and now are looking for investment partners to help us scale.
- Crowdfunding success rate is 75% – compared to less than 40% on other platforms
- Average project size is 2.2x larger than Kickstarter
- Average contribution is 50% higher than Kickstarter
- Distribution pipeline we monetize to all cable VOD and online retailers (Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play et al) reaching hundreds of millions of consumers across al platforms in the US alone
- Gather unique user data through crowdfunding to build highly targeted, strategic distribution across multiple channels.
- Powerful education program that reaches over 75 film festivals, universities and film organizations each year.
- Partnerships with WeVR for Virtual Reality creation and distribution, G-Technology, Teradek and many more.
HOW WE STACK UP:
We have the highest crowdfunding campaign success rate in the world…
We are growing quickly…
We have a massive pipeline for distribution locked in…
Over $5M raised for over 350 films
75% crowdfunding success rate (2x better than Kickstarter & 4x better than Indiegogo)
Average crowdfunding project raise of $15,000 (2x Kickstarter).
On track for 5X growth in 2016 to 140K users
Total amount launched Up 50% in 2016 at $3M YTD.
Distribution pipeline to hundreds of millions of consumers
Launched BrightIdeasMag.Com and BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine
I invest in fewer than 1 in every 200 deals I evaluate, but Seed&Spark was irresistible. Emily Best is a dynamic and visionary founder, and she’s assembled a world class team dedicated to democratizing film. They have created the ultimate platform for independent filmmakers and consumers.
In just 24 months, Emily has achieved incredible outcomes with Seed&Spark. I invested because she has just the right skill set to execute on this big idea.
After having a failed Kickstarter campaign I was discouraged and turned off of the whole “crowdfunding” thing but from the moment I walked into the #Stayindietour workshop, I knew that working with Seed&Spark would be a whole other ball game. The kind of guidance and advice my team received (FOR FREE) during the process of getting our campaign ready to launch was incredible. My team raised 166% of our goal and we definitely could not have done it without the kind of support we got.
I had a great experience funding my project on Seed&Spark!! The first thing that impressed me about S&S is what a valuable resource they are through the entire process. It began with the free #stayindietour class where I got extremely useful info on how to prepare and conduct my campaign and even a detailed schedule of what actions to take every step of the way.
As someone who has coached successful campaigns on all of the top crowdfunding platforms, I can honestly say that Seed&Spark is a cut above the others. Their hands on support and community approach sets them apart. Their willingness to grow and bend with the needs of their clients is unparalled. They are a team of filmmakers championing other filmmakers to success. I am excited to see how this company grows and flourishes and thoroughly enjoy working with them.
I have been producing films since 1980 and Seed&Spark is the very first time that the filmmaker has the power to sit in the drivers seat of financing, and to exert sophisticated, state of the art leverage to turn their script and budget into a film. It is not a platform, it is a revolution.
My first encounter with Seed&Spark was hearing Emily Best talk about new, innovative ideas behind crowdfunding at the Flyway Film Festival in 2013. She solely changed what was a deeply ingrained fear of “asking for money” into what I now view as a positive opportunity like no other. I’ve since run two successful crowdfunding campaigns on Seed&Spark, and continue to be inspired by their mission.
We chose Seed&Spark because no other platform matched their enthusiasm or ability to educate my whole team quickly. Our film would have been an invisible piece of niche content if not for their efforts to teach us how to build ourselves into the community and find our audience. This team is so in front of the curve of this evolving film industry that I was thrilled to join them as the Head of Original Content to further educate audiences and artists alike.
As an independent filmmaker working to tell stories about underrepresented communities, Seed&Spark was instrumental in helping me transform my ideas and ambition into reality. After I attended CEO Emily Best’s class on Crowdfunding for Independence, I finally felt fully equipped with the knowledge and confidence I needed to raise the funds and finally create a film I’d been dreaming of for over two years. I’ve recently joined the Seed&Spark team as a Crowdfunding Associate where I advise other filmmakers.
Seed&Spark is the single best solution I’ve seen regarding the problem that 99% of filmmakers have–creating a paying audience for their film. It’s also a clever, savvy solution at that. Utilizing the latest technological and social trends, and spearheaded by the astonishingly passionate and action-oriented expert of those trends, Emily Best.
Seed&Spark was (and continues to be) a joy. The site is by filmmakers, FOR filmmakers, which means they get it–they get what you’re trying to do, they love what you’re trying to do, and they will help you get it done. Seed&Spark has a vision about a sustainable future for indie filmmakers, and it’s a glorious one.
Running our campaign on Seed&Spark was the single best strategic decision we made for IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW. Indie filmmakers should seek out partners who are just as innovative as they aspire to be.
Seed& Spark is run by a young,dynamic,brilliant crew working doggedly towards success. Seed&Spark supports creative young filmmakers, so they can reach the audiences they deserve. Seed&Spark creates opportunities for those filmmakers not part of the mainstream. Seed&Spark gives the world a voice in what films get made.
Emily founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature with a remarkable group of women. The spirit, the community and the challenges of that project, Like the Water, inspired Seed&Spark. Before producing Like the Water, Emily produced theater, worked as a vision and values strategy consultant for Best Partners, ran restaurants, studied jazz singing at the Taller de Musics, tour guided and cooked in Barcelona, and before that, was a student of Cultural Anthropology and American Studies at Haverford College. Emily was named one of the 2013 Indiewire Influencers, 2014 New York Women of Influence, 2015 Upstart 100. Emily is touring film and tech festivals around the world as a part of the #StayIndieTour to educate filmmakers and learn their best practices in connecting with their audiences to build a sustainable career. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in crowdfunding for film, and contributed to over 300 campaigns to date.
Erica is Seed&Spark’s Head of Crowdfunding & Edutcation and one of its founding members. Erica has advised over 400 crowdfunding projects and splits her time advising and traveling the country teaching entrepreneurship for creative professionals on the #StayIndieTour. As a producer, educator, and actress, Erica brings 15 years film, theatre and commercial experience to her role working with filmmakers to build audiences at Seed&Spark, where she is responsible for the highest crowdfunding success rate in the business!
Max is a founding member of the Seed&Spark team and as Chief Product Officer oversees all aspects of the product, including strategy & roadmap definition, user research and product marketing. He brings a decade of jack-of-all-trades experience working with both enterprise- and consumer-focused startups. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Economic from Northwestern University. He also regularly holds a camera for creative fulfillment.
Simon has been developing websites for the last ten years. He joined Seed&Spark after 5 years with LFP, where he worked on some of highest trafficked sites in the world. He especially enjoys working on streaming video applications and ecommerce websites. He studied Mathematics and Economics at UCLA. When he’s not geeking out, Simon loves paddleboarding, running, cheering for the UCLA Bruins, finding himself in awkward situations, and exploring Los Angeles. Seed&Spark is the first startup that Simon has been involved with, and he’s extremely excited to be disrupting the film funding and distribution system with such a talented team.
Blessing is now the Chief Creative Officer of Seed&Spark and the creative director behind BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine, the official magazine of the Sundance institute. The magazine is distributed at every major North American film festival, the Ace, MOMA, and other choice retailers and newsstands around the US. Blessing was the Head of Product & Design of the groundbreaking independent film distribution platform Yekra for three years (2012-2015), from its operation out of a condo in the Valley to a $10 million start-up in LA’s Arts District. As the lead for design and development of all products and platform, she worked on all major strategic initiatives for branding, business development, and product strategy, as well as the hands-on production of UX/UI designs, prototypes, and wireframes.
Greg comes to Seed&Spark with 10 years of sales and account management experience in the outdoor advertising industry. As director of business development, Greg is responsible for managing current and establishing new partnerships that align with Seed&Spark’s vision. Working as an actor and writer in Brooklyn, NY, he shares his passion for film, theater and the creative arts with the entire Seed&Spark community and is excited about helping that community grow. In his spare time he enjoys exercise, cooking, and anything involving a glue gun.
James Kaelan is the Editor-in-Chief (and mastermind) behind BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine – a Seed&Spark publication – and is also a screenwriter, director, and amateur oxford comma enthusiast living and working in Los Angeles. After more than two years he and his filmmaking partner, Blessing Yen, are finally premiering their directorial feature debut, Eel, at the American Film Festival in Wroc≈Çaw, Poland. Yen and Kaelan hope that Eel will eventually be the sort of deliberately non-commercial film that most people will hate, but that some will just totally love. Kaelan is also a novelist, and his first documentary, We’re Getting On, chronicles the 2,000-mile bicycle book tour that he and his co-director, Miles Kittredge, embarked on to promote his debut novel. In his spare time he also enjoys building pitch decks for potential brand partners.