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A group of innovative filmmakers in Sydney launched an exciting new initiative today, the first step towards financing their feature project independently of the ATO offset or government funding. Calling the method the 135 Project, it’s a creative exercise in crowd-sourcing.

The film’s producers intend for The Tunnel to be financed by crowd-funding and they’ve created a clever angle to differentiate it from projects raising capital on sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the recent Australian addition to the platform Fundbreak. To contribute to the film, crowd ‘investors’ buy frames in the movie at a dollar each.

The film will be released for free when it’s finished.

Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey of Distracted Media came up with the idea some years ago; and since then have been joined by Peter Thompson, Andrew Denton and Anita Jacoby from Zapruder’s other films; director Carlo Ledesma; digital marketers Ahmed Salama and Valeria Petrenko of DLSHS and an experienced cast.

The Tunnel is set in the rail tunnels beneath Sydney and is about a team of investigative journalists who venture underground to discover why their state government’s proposal to use water from the disused passageways has vanished.

I have to admit I was pretty excited to learn I was the first person to buy frames for the movie. I can’t wait to see what they contain.

What do you think about this concept for funding? Do you know of any other good ones?

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for your support, Kelly!

    We’ve cranked through hundreds of frames already and we’ve not even hit the 24-hour mark.

    Thanks for kicking us off!


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