Dope Cast - Indiegogo Lounge - Sundance Film Festival
February 6, 2015 · IGG

Indiegogo’s 10 Best Sundance Film Festival Moments


Morgan Spurlock, Sundance Film Festival, Indiegogo, Ghost Drone
Morgan Spurlock + Ghost Drone = Awesome


We just got back home after an amazing time in Park City. WOW! Thank you for making the Indiegogo Lounge the place to be at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

There was never a dull moment and we couldn’t possibly cover in just one blog post everything that happened in those four packed days. So here’s a compilation of the team’s favorite moments. #GoGoSundance!

1. Vimeo Partnership


There was a line around the block to attend our Saturday panel, The Art of the Pitch: Filmmaker as Entrepreneur. Our CEO Slava Rubin moderated a lively conversation between Christine Vachon (CEO, Killer Films), Joana Vicente (Executive Director, IFP) and Kerry Trainor (CEO, Vimeo). The latter definitely stole the show when he announced a new Vimeo and Indiegogo partnership to support filmmakers from funding to distribution and that as part of this new collaboration, Vimeo will be putting up to a million dollars into a new Creator Fund for select films funding on Indiegogo.

Indiegogo at the Sundance Film Festival


2. Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin talks about the future of filmmaking on PBS NewsHour


We are always looking for new ways to evolve the way films are funded and distributed. Our Founder, Slava Rubin, joined the conversation as reported by Jeffrey Brown in Park City, Utah.

3. Ghost Drone Giveaways


Indiegogo has helped thousands of entrepreneurs bring movie-making products to life. The Ghost Drone team not only joined us at the Indiegogo Lounge, but gave away drones to six lucky individuals who answered our questions on Twitter and Facebook.


And that was not all: you might recognize some other visitors who took a Ghost Drone home. Mr. Black, will we see drone footage in your next film?

Jack Black, Grhost Drone, Indiegogo, Sundance Film Festival

4. Live Interviews with TheWrap


You might be wondering who was interviewed by TheWrap in the Indiegogo Lounge… Who was not interviewed by TheWrap? Here are some of our favorite moments.

Selma’s Director Ava DuVernay discussing diversity at Sundance

Dope Cast - Indiegogo Lounge - Sundance Film Festival
“Dope” cast: Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Quincy Brown and Chanel Iman
Kevin Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Sundance Film Festival, Indiegogo
Kevin Smith, Lisa Kudrow and Director Kevin Pollack discuss “Misery Loves Comedy” with TheWrap.
Spike Lee - Indiegogo - Sundance Film Festival
Spike Lee at the Indiegogo Lounge, Sundance Film Festival 2015
Ethan Hawke, Sundance Film Festival, Indiegogo Lounge, TheWrap
The cast of “Ten Thousand Saints”. “This is a thrilling moment to be making art, we’re at a huge transition of how movies are distributed” – Ethan Hawke.
Kid Cudi and Christopher Abbott talk about making James White.
Kid Cudi and Christopher Abbott talk about making “James White”
Indiegogo campaigners Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon,  Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page.
CEO Slava Rubin meeting Indiegogo campaigners Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page, at Sundance to talk about their film “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake”.


Even none other than the legendary Robert Redford stopped by the Indiegogo Lounge to talk about independent films and diversity.

And I could go on and on…if you want the whole list, take a look at these photos on Facebook and these videos from TheWrap.

5. Fireside Chat: Sharon Waxman interviews Slava Rubin


During his interview with Sharon Waxman, Founder of TheWrap, our CEO Slava Rubin, invited two Indiegogo campaigners to join him live on TheWrap to talk about their project, Schema.

TheWrap Sharon Waxman interviews  Indiegogo Slava Rubin

6. The Rise of the Creative Entrepreneur


Lance Weiler led an open design workshop in collaboration with The Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and Slamdance.
A group of storytellers, producers, and technologists gathered in the Indiegogo Lounge to explore the ever-shifting digital landscape, discussing new ideas and opportunities for all creatives working in the entertainment field.

The Rise of the Creative Entrepreneur - Lance Weiler - Indiegogo
Lance Weiler leads workshop “The Rise of the Creative Entrepreneur” in the Indiegogo Lounge.
Workshop participants discussing the future of storytelling at the Indiegogo Lounge
Workshop participants discussing the future of storytelling at the Indiegogo Lounge
Peter Baxter, founder of Slamdance, Indiegogo
Peter Baxter, founder of Slamdance, joins the conversation in the Indiegogo Lounge.


7. The New Indiegogo Film Handbook


We released a new updated version of our Film Handbook right in time for Sundance. With a complete redesign and tons of advice from past successful film and video campaigners (including a case study from The Space Between, Indiewire 2014 Project of the Year), the 2015 Film Handbook is the must-have guide to raising funds for film or video projects on Indiegogo. Download your free copy now.

Indiegogo 2015 Film Handbook

8. Pavlok Shocked Us All


Really. Pavlok is a device you wear on your wrist that literally shocks you every time you perform a predetermined “bad” habit. You choose what you want to stop doing and Pavlok helps you achieve your goal by sending an electric shock. See for yourself.

Kiersey Clemons, Dope, Indiegogo, Sundance Film Festival, Pavlok
Kiersey Clemons, “Dope”


9. The Art and Science of Audience Engagement 


Marc Hofstatter, Indiegogo Head of Film Outreach, moderated an informative panel that included Sara Kiener (Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Film Presence), Peter Baxter (President/Co-Founder, Slamdance) and Dana Nachman (Director, Batkid Begins).

Indiegogo, Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance

10. Indiegogo Cocktail Party


Our last evening in Park City we got together with new and old friends to celebrate another year at Sundance. This is where we started and it always has a special place in our heart.

Indiegogo Slava Rubin talking to Scott Macauley, Filmmaker Magazine
Slava Rubin talks to Scott Macauley, Filmmaker Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
Morgan Spurlock, Malcolm Carter, the Conected Universe, Indiegogo, Sundance
Morgan Spurlock with Malcom Carter, Director of The Connected Universe.
Slava Rubin, Morgan Spurlock, Flula at the Sundance Film Festival
Slava Rubin, Morgan Spurlock, and Flula.
Indiegogo Party at the Sundance Film Festival
The Indiegogo team.


Ready to dive into crowdfunding? Download our new Film Handbook and explore film campaigns now raising funds on Indiegogo.

See you in Park City next year!