Magazine article Screen International

Jan ŠVankmajer Turns to Indiegogo for 'Insects'

Magazine article Screen International

Jan ŠVankmajer Turns to Indiegogo for 'Insects'

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Švankmajer and long-time producing partner Jaromir Kallista are looking to raise more than $150,000 towards the budget of Insects, which has been in development for five years.

The partners have earmarked a summer start on the feature, which will include imagery reminiscent of Kafka and takes place in a local pub where actors rehearse a Čapek Brothers play and gradually become the characters in a series of frightening transformations.

As to the campaign, Švankmajer told Screendaily: "We are trying crowdfunding to finance a part of the film for the first time but we think this is a certain option for the kind of films we make; that is films that are very difficult to fund because they are not commercial, they do not promote anything, or are not blockbusters that would attract masses of viewers.

"We don't cast world-class stars; we do our best to keep them authentic and that's not exactly all the rage these days. …

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