As the Sundance Film Festival gets underway this week, the neighboring Slamdance Film Festival kicks off its 18th edition in Park City as well. This writer was there for the first Slamdance Film Festival in 1995, when a small group of the festival's founding filmmakers were screening their films in whatever venues were available, including restaurants, and soliciting whatever audiences they could find in the snowy streets, via fliers and posters.
Another trend that has dovetailed with the ascent of digital filmmaking has been the use of "crowd-funding" via sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to raise budget financing. Mirvish says, "This year, I think Kickstarter was involved with around 20 films at Sundance. And probably half the films at Slamdance did some type of crowd-funding. I think it's become a lot more acceptable, and mainstream, to just ask friends for money to help make your movie."
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