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(WEBINAR) Successful Crowdfunding Strategies For Your Independent Film

This crowdfunding workshop is a dedicated to connecting screenwriters/ filmmakers with their audiences through social media and crowdfunding. Identifying—and then enthusiastically engaging—your fans and supporters is essential to a career of successfully funding and distributing your films.

In this session with award-winning interdisciplinary filmmaker Jess King, learn learn why social media skills are essential to a successful crowdfunding campaign, how to be a responsible social media citizen, how to plan for an effective campaign, and how to run a campaign that helps you build your audience, raise money, and continue doing what you love the most.

Because after all, this talk isn’t just about crowdfunding: it’s about career building.



Jess King is an educator, scholar, and award-winning interdisciplinary filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced two feature films, numerous shorts, and over a dozen independent television series. Their most recent work is F*ck Yes, a modern sex ed series focused on improving communication (and sex) between consenting adults. Episodes spanning two seasons of the highly-lauded series can be found on OTV, a Chicago-based platform for independent, intersectional television.

As an instructor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts, Jess teaches courses in screenwriting, independent television, and film analysis. Their current creative scholarship revolves around frameworks for reimagining screenwriting for radical equality and social justice, as evidenced by original course offerings like “Queer(ing) Narratives” and “The Female Gaze.”

Jess holds a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on media, ethical pedagogy, and critical theory, from DePaul University, as well as B.A. in English from Augustana College. In addition to teaching screenwriting, King speaks around the country on topics related to social media, crowdfunding, and running safe, inclusive film sets.



  • FREE for CSN Members
  • Pay-What-You-Can Donation for Guests


Guests will receive an invitation email with a URL link to the virtual event space. The link will go live roughly 10 minutes before the start of the talk. You can use Zoom on your phone or tablet (download via Apple or Android store), or your computer via You do not have to activate your webcam or microphone to RSVP.

Everyone uses different devices, different platforms and different providers. While we can’t diagnose your technical difficulties, we can offer some a pair of links [here and here] of helpful tips when using Zoom.

Event Details
09. 13. 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm