Seed&Spark is on the Hunt for the Next Great Genre Film

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Communal Nightmares Crowdfunding Rally call for submissions is now open. Will you answer the call to win $25,000 and a first-look distribution deal from 3311 Productions and The Orchard?

Horror and thriller filmmakers, take note: today Seed&Spark, the crowdfunding platform with the highest campaign success rate in the world, opened the call for submissions for Communal Nightmares, a crowdfunding rally for feature genre films that bring society’s nightmares to life, with a video that nods to Get Out, It Follows, Goodnight Mommy and more. With partners 3311 Productions and The Orchard, they’re awarding one film $25,000, a first look distribution deal and executive producership.

“Just in the past couple of years with It Follows and Get Out, we’ve seen the remarkable ways in which genre films can make us face some of society’s darkest demons. And some of our most celebrated talents started with genre films: Katheryn Bigelow, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Ana Lily Amirpour, Julia Ducournau, Jennifer Kent, Guillermo Del Toro, Joel Coen, Frances Ford Coppola...should I go on?” said Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. “We’re so excited to work with these luminary partners to provide a career-changing opportunity as an incentive for filmmakers all across the country to uncover dark stories we may not otherwise get to see.”

To participate, filmmakers must submit a crowdfunding campaign for a feature genre film on Seed&Spark by May 1, 2018. All campaigns will launch on May 14, 2018 and end on June 15, 2018. Campaigns that raise a minimum of $7,500 in cash contributions and gather at least 1,000 followers become eligible for the grand prize, which will be announced in late June. The best pitches will make it clear why genre is the best format for telling the story you want to tell.

Full entry information, the call for submissions video and key dates can be found at http://www.seedandspark.com/nightmares.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with such forward-thinking companies in a genre space that has increasingly become a home for filmmakers looking to push the limits of their craft and tackle complex, emotionally-charged subjects,” said Tony Pachella, creative executive at 3311 Productions.

“As we’ve seen over the last year, genre film is not just escapist entertainment but can truly hold up a mirror to the world around us in a compelling and meaningful way,” said Paul Davidson, EVP of Film & TV, The Orchard. “We are excited to partner with Seed & Spark and 3311 to give new voices and the next generation’s creators a platform to do so."

Crowdfunding rallies — large scale calls for crowdfunding campaigns around a central theme and/or genre and format — are a key and unique offering from Seed&Spark to independent filmmakers. The impetus and goal is to distribute Hollywood opportunities to creators of all kinds while empowering the participants to raise funds, build an audience and take a giant step forward in making their movie or show.

“The best part about crowdfunding rallies is that everyone who participates raises money and gathers audiences so they can make their films,” Best said. “Truly, everyone ends up a winner.”

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. For more information, visit http://www.seedandspark.com.

About 3311 Productions
Founders Mark Roberts and Ross Jacobson launched 3311 Productions in 2010 with an eye toward developing and producing original content alongside pedigreed and emerging filmmakers. 3311’s goal is to develop and support original voices. Jennifer Dana heads film production for the company which has produced a diverse slate of films including In A World…, Mr. Right, Table 19 and most recently Brigsby Bear. Next up for 3311 is The Violent Heart, which Kerem Sanga worte and will direct, and The Fifth Official, a co-production with Gran Via Productions, written and to be directed by Chad Hartigan. For more information on 3311 please visit http://www.3311productions.com/.

About The Orchard
The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 30 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is an innovative leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its cutting-edge technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Recent film releases include BPM (Beats Per Minute), France’s submission for The Academy Awards®; Thelma, Norway’s submission for The Academy Awards®; Super Dark Times; Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina; The Work; 11/8/16; Trophy; and The Hero. Upcoming releases include Flower, Outside In and Kings. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit http://www.theorchard.com.

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