Crowdfunding in Newfoundland

Artists, writers, and all types of creators in the province are getting online to ask people for help bringing their ideas to life. Creators use financial start-up websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to reach out to friends, family, and total strangers and encourage them become potential investors via online donations, based on their faith in the potential product.

Crowdfunding has enabled creators in the province to reach thousands of potential investors within a matter of hours.

Writer and director Justin Oakey’s current project, The World Is Burning, a short film set in rural Newfoundland, is in its final weeks of online fundraising. By crowdfunding his film and video projects, Oakley has enjoyed new levels of artistic freedom and connectivity with his audience.

“Your project remains your project, and there is no compromise. You put your vision out there and hope that people find it interesting,” says Oakley. “With the money you generate you are left to your own devices to finish the project and complete your vision. There’s no influence from a financial backer to do anything any particular way but your own.”

Chris Lewis Carter of Wesleyville is one of the province’s most notable crowdfunding success stories. The writer/creator brought his independently published young adult series Camp Myth to an international audience through crowdfunding, something that would have been a relative impossibility only a few years ago.

“There’s simply no other way a person living in rural Newfoundland could reach those markets,” says Carter. “It doesn’t matter where you live or how famous you are — your idea will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest, and be available for the entire world to see.”

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