Exeter Phoenix’s first Crowd Funded Short film commission launches Monday 15 July.
Host Familie, directed by award winning Devon-based filmmaker Tom Austin is aiming to raise £2000 for his Exeter Phoenix Short Film commission. Each year Exeter Phoenix supports and commissions up to 6 short films. This is the first commission of its kind by Exeter Phoenix, which demands the filmmaker raises a large portion of the funds themselves through the online crowdfunding platform, crowdfunder.co.uk.
The film, Host Familie, is a dark comedy about Karl Dreher, a German undergraduate who hopes to work in the German automotive industry. He comes to the English Riviera to improve his English and is lodged with the dysfunctional Robinson family. Each one of them seems to be lacking something in their life and they hope that Karl can fill that gap.
By showing support for the project and pledging some much needed money backers could be rewarded with perks such as limited edition art work, a personal choice of vinyl records from the director himself and VIP tickets to the premiere screening.
Phil Geraghty, Crowdfunder MD, said: ‘It’s great to see an independent film maker crowdfunding his latest idea. It’s also fantastic to see Exeter Phoenix supporting Tom with his idea, we are all about bringing project owners and communities together and this is a great example of this.’
Exeter Phoenix are offering £500 towards Tom Austin’s campaign and Jonas Hawkins, Exeter Phoenix Digital Manager, said ‘We are excited and very proud to be pushing our filmmakers in to new territories and we looking forward to seeing how this platform can take filmmakers a step further.’
Shooting will take place this August and the finished film will be premiered at Two Short Nights film festival 2013 in December.