by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros.
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Of course Yann Martel is a writer, a brilliant one, and not a filmmaker, but he is an artist, and so are we!
Unfortunately, there is little to no government or public funding or support for film in the US, and in the very, very independent world, very little point in taking the endless amounts of time to research and apply for whatever is out there, particularly if your work is fictional…
Same with Kickstarter or indigogo, you wouldn’t want to put one of those campaigns together every month just so you can make a film I can tell you!
That said, and after having spent countless hours researching and attempting to apply for various grants and funds, and setting up kickstarters and indiegogos, so I can speak from bitter experience, I believe it’s a real relief to know that your budget is either zero or close to it. As odd as that may sound, I have always found the lack of money to be wonderfully freeing.
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