Crowdfunding Highlights

NYWIFT Member Erin McGuff-Pennington is raising money for her short film Rosalie. Rosalie is about how an unplanned pregnancy leaves an overwhelmed mother of four determined to end it—and her infertile best friend determined to stop her. The film explores how obsession and desire can intensify the mounting pressure that women and mothers regularly face, and too often face alone. Learn more and support the project on Seed & Spark



The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in NYC is seeking donations. BHFF NYC is held every year in April and, this year, will be celebrating 20 years since its inception. Each year, BHFF brings a colorful tableau of Bosnian and Herzegovinian stories to diverse New York City audiences. Over the years it has grown from a simple film revue event to a New York City institution; its audience includes people with Bosnian heritage, people from other Balkan expatriate communities, as well as a wide cross-section of all New Yorkers who cherish international and independent film productions. Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT member & UPWIFT Founder Heidi Philipsen-Meissner (producer and director) is raising funds for her upcoming film, Love and Vodka. The Ukrainian-American rom com is deep in post-production and could use an added boost! “To be precise, we’re in need of $20,000 to complete post-production, color grading, music composition and sound mix/design. Be a part of our grassroots indie film community and help us to finish the film that will not only make you fall in love with falling in love all over, again, but also raise funds for Ukrainian artist refugees in need. Yes, that’s right. We’ve found fantastic post-production creatives to finish post and your donations will help not only pay them for their artistic talents, but also lend a sense of stability for those who have fled the war and relocated.” – Heidi Philipsen-Meissner. Love and Vodka is a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project. All donations are tax deductible. Learn more and donate.


The creators of Welcome to Belle View are crowdfunding. Welcome to Belle View is a TV pilot dramedy. It follows a newly widowed stay-at-home mom who’s desperate to find work after 20 years away and agrees to take on the job of an admissions coordinator in the skilled nursing facility where her husband recently passed away,as she learns to navigate this sometimes crazy new world from the other side of the bed. The project is Executive produced and starring NYWIFT member Maureen VanTrease and directed by NYWIFT member Debra Markowitz. Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT Member Bettina Marks (director) is raising funds for her series The Hidden Scream. The Hidden Scream is a scripted anthology tv series that has been adapted from Bettina’s short film The Scream. The series is a psychological drama about the bystander effect that is inspired by true events. Violence in America and apathy is increasing not only in its urban centers but in general. Good Samaritans can fear getting involved. This series sheds light on the complexities of the psychological issues surrounding bystanders’ reactions. It reflects where we are as a society in the hopes to better the outcome of events like these for both the victims and bystanders. Because of the overwhelming impact that social media has had on society and this phenomenon, its visual style and technical elements will reflect this world. The series is currently in pre-production. The Scream is a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project. All donations are tax deductible. Learn more and donate. Bettina is also looking for a producer for the series. Email for more info.


NYWIFT Member Jelena Puskic is raising funds for her short film, Twins. The film follows estranged twin sisters on a journey to re-connect. Vastly different lifestyles and personal issues get in the way. This is Jelena’s first film after graduating from New York Film Academy. Learn more and donate.


Indiegogo has launched a free online resource for filmmakers looking to crowdfund – The Indiegogo Arts Campaign Handbook. The handbook includes:

  • Expert guidance on launching a crowdfunding campaign in the arts world
  • Learn how to take your project from concept to distribution
  • Crowdfunding Support & Resources

Learn more.


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