Seed&Spark Launches Crowdfunding Rally to Demonstrate the Indomitable Spirit of Independent Filmmakers

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Partnering with WeTransfer and Bow and Arrow Entertainment to offer more than $250,000 in prizes

Seed&Spark, the crowdfunding platform with the highest campaign success rate in the world has partnered with WeTransfer and Bow and Arrow Entertainment for 100 Days of Optimism: a crowdfunding rally for stories of hope, change, redemption and inspiration. Participating filmmakers can qualify for more than $250,000 in prizes.

“Last year, we launched 100 Days of Diversity as an answer to what was going on politically, and to encourage filmmakers to build activism into their art — to constantly push the envelope not just creatively but also socially. We knit that into the daily fabric of Seed&Spark. Now we want to pump some good juju into the top of 2018 -—for all of us,” said Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. “It’s not just about stories of hope, but also about art that’s so exciting it reminds us what it is to be alive. It reminds us why we get up every day and fight.”

In order to participate, filmmakers must launch a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark between January 15 and March 25, 2018, and their campaigns must finish by April 25. The rally is open to all formats and genres (short, feature, series, fiction and non-fiction). Campaigns that reach 100% of their goal and gather at least 1,000 followers become eligible for prizes, including a total of $50,000 in grants and hundreds of thousands of dollars of marketing support from WeTransfer for films of any format and $25,000 investment from Bow and Arrow Entertainment for up to three documentary films.

Full entry information and key dates can be found at http://www.seedandspark.com/optimism.

“Having the guts to stand up and be accountable for your own thoughts and be judged is brutal. Getting recognition for your work; tough. Earning money from your thoughts, work and sweat; near impossible. Since 2009 we have been supporting creatives and helping bring relevant cultural projects to life. We get how tough this game is," says Damian Bradfield, President and CMO of WeTransfer. “We fully support Seed&Spark’s mission to encourage filmmakers to weave activism into their art, and celebrating optimism and the power of community has never seemed more urgent than today.”

Stories of optimism include those about hope, change, inspiration, determination, redemption as well as those that clearly show the creative genius of humanity that the audience cannot help but feel optimistic.

“Bow and Arrow Entertainment is very excited to be a part of 100 Days of Optimism with WeTransfer and Seed & Spark. Seed&Spark is providing a platform for unconventional, bold storytellers; a mandate that aligns perfectly with Bow and Arrow’s approach to filmmaking. This partnership is an opportunity to expand that platform- to include inspirational and aspirational stories, told through fresh and underrepresented lenses from documentary filmmakers across the country," said Bow and Arrow Entertainment leadership.

100 Days of Optimism follows last year’s Hometown Heroes crowdfunding rally in partnership with Duplass Brothers Productions, which was Seed&Spark’s largest rally to date, and marks the first of several rallies from Seed&Spark in 2018.

About Seed&Spark
Seed&Spark is an entertainment platform built to increase representation in media and help creators build sustainable careers. We connect some of the most unique new voices making movies and shows to the diverse audiences hungry for diverse stories and storytellers via crowdfunding and subscription streaming. Since our founding in 2012, more than $10M has been raised across more than 700 crowdfunding campaigns on Seed&Spark, with the highest campaign success rate of any crowdfunding platform in the world. Our highly curated streaming library is full of award-winning movies and shows by diverse creators from all over the world.

About WeTransfer
WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Every month, 40 million active users transfer over one billion files. The service is all about making the creative process effortless, for everyone. Since 2009 we have been showcasing amazing creative work on WeTransfer with gratis advertising for musicians, photographers, and artists, giving away over five billion pages a year. We also offer financial grants, tech support and promotion to help creatives tell the stories that matter to them and bring relevant cultural projects to life. Above all, we hope these stories encourage other people to make something new themselves. Because inspiration means more when you do something with it.

About Bow and Arrow Entertainment
Bow and Arrow Entertainment was founded in 2014 by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman to create a focus on artist driven narrative and documentary motion pictures. Recent films include Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline premiering in Sundance 2018 and Sundance 2017 entries Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours, Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits and Dustin Guy Defa’s Person To Person. The company will next produce an adaptation of Richard Wright’s famed novel Native Son, adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and to be directed by Rashid Johnson.

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