Magazine article Screen International

John Pilger Film Breaks Indiegogo Record

Magazine article Screen International

John Pilger Film Breaks Indiegogo Record

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The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new "Cold War" between the US and China.

Crusading journalist John Pilger's new feature doc The Coming War has raised close to $110,000 (£72,000) on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This represents a record for a UK documentary on Indiegogo.

The campaign for Pilger's doc was launched on December 10 and closed on January 18, by which time it had raised 120% of its £60,000 goal.

The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new "Cold War" between the US and China.

Solution to shrinking finance

Miranda Fleming, head of film UK at Indiegogo, highlighted to Screen the increasing importance of crowdfunding to independent filmmakers in Europe.

"They (independent filmmakers) need finance, not just subsidised finance. There needs to be a solution to the shrinking finance of indie film," she said.

"In America, they picked up on crowdfunding very quickly because they don't have subsidised sectors in film."

Now, Fleming believes, European filmmakers are also embracing crowdfunding.

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Indiegogo was involved in raising the finance for BAFTA-nominated land Kajaki. The True Story, released in the UK and screened in Berlin last week. …

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