April 15, 2024
Gotham Class: The Art and Science of Crowdfunding
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Master the art and science of crowdfunding, with Kickstarter's Elise McCave!


Are you considering a crowdfunding campaign for your film, to build your audience and raise the funds you need get it off the ground, or put it through post? Whether you’re working in fiction or documentary, features or shorts, you’re invited to join The Gotham for a two-part class on Crowdfunding Your Film led by Elise McCave, Head of Film at Kickstarter. 

During this interactive workshop, Elise will use recent campaigns to explore what is possible through crowdfunding, inviting special guests to talk through what worked for them. Over the course of two sessions, she will work closely with participants to prepare you to run your own successful campaign.   

Addressing all the most commonly asked questions, you will learn about:

  • Setting up a campaign
  • Telling a compelling story
  • Setting your financial goal
  • Identifying your audience
  • Communicating with backers before, during and after the campaign
  • Basics of digital marketing for crowdfunding

You’ll walk away from these sessions prepared to take funding and audience-building into your own hands.


Elise McCave
Kickstarter - Head of Film
Elise is Kickstarter’s Head of Film. She works with filmmakers worldwide, providing tailored support and mentorship on fundraising and audience-building for films in development and production. She works to ensure the creative voices on Kickstarter come from all corners of the industry, producing work that explores the form to the fullest, and has mentored more than 500 filmmakers who've launched their projects to the platform. Additionally, Elise works as a freelance producer on feature documentaries. Based in New York, she joined Kickstarter in 2016 from Doc Society in the UK.

Date, Time & Location

This event takes place over multiple dates.

Monday, April 15, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Virtual Online

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Virtual Online

RSVP DEADLINE: April 15, 2024 @ 4:45 PM

RSVP Instructions

- If you are coming with a guest, they must RSVP independently.

- This meeting will occur virtually via Zoom.

- GOTHAM MEMBERS: Enroll in this class through your Member Dashboard to receive your discount.

- Not yet a member? The Gotham community has access to year-round programming, resources, and support, plus exclusive perks and discounts. Learn more about membership.

- Questions about the event? Contact membership@thegotham.org.