Event | eBay My Film: How We Raised Over $100,000 on eBay

Event | eBay My Film: How We Raised Over $100,000 on eBay

Thursday, January 17 Event Presented by Roy Wol and Flavio Alves at NYFA in Brooklyn.

These days, crowdfunding sites are saturated with people asking for the same thing: money. Join the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) on Thursday, January 17 to learn the nuts and bolts of how independent filmmakers Roy Wol and Flavio Alves pioneered the use of eBay as a crowdfunding platform and raised over $100,000 by selling donated items through their “eBay My Film” campaign. Wol and Alves reimagined one of the world’s most familiar websites as a fundraising tool, sidestepping more traditional crowdfunding platforms to help make their film a reality.  

The landscape of how to fund your project shifts every day, and in order to get your project off the ground, one has to be ahead of the curve. Learn how this team made it happen.  

Program Title: eBay My Film: How We Raised Over $100,000 on eBay
Date and Time: Thursday, January 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: The New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: $15 for NYFA-affiliated artists (Fiscally Sponsored, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows, Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Artists) and $20 for the general public
Register: RSVP here via Eventbrite 

About Flavio Alves 
Alves is a Brazilian film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Columbia University. He worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) before studying film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Alves has directed several films including The Secret Friend (2010) and Tom in America (2014). His new film, The Garden Left Behind, is an IFP Narrative Lab project that has recently received support from GLAAD. Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship, and has received grants from numerous organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Jerome Foundation.

About Roy Wol
Wol is a New York-based Middle Eastern/Latino/European/Spanish/Jewish writer, producer, and director. He is a 2017 IFP Narrative Lab Fellow and 2018 Hollywood Radio Television Society Fellow. Wol produced The Garden Left Behind, Bikini Moon (2017), Tom in America (2014), and Art Machine (2012), and is currently in post with My Cousin Sister’s Wedding. Wol’s award-winning broadcast directing work has been featured in The New York Times.

Getting to NYFA
Closest Subway to 20 Jay Street:
*F to York Street station
Next Closest Subway:
*A to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge station

Event Accessibility
The New York Foundation for the Arts is committed to making events held at the NYFA office at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn accessible. If you are mobility-impaired and need help getting to NYFA’s office for events held on premises, we are pleased to offer complimentary car service from the wheelchair accessible Jay Street-MetroTech subway station courtesy of transportation sponsor Legends Limousine. Please email [email protected] or call 212.366.6900 ext. 243 between 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM at least three business days in advance of the event to coordinate. The elevator access point for pickup is at 370 Jay Street, on the NE corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets.

Are you an artist or new organization, and interested in increasing your fundraising opportunities through NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship? No-fee applications are accepted on a quarterly basis and the next deadline to apply is December 31. Click here to learn more about the program and to apply

Are you a filmmaker interested in finding, growing, and engaging with your audience? Click here for insights from three early-career filmmakers (including Flavio Alves) on audience-building. Sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter, NYFA News, for the latest updates and news about Sponsored Projects and Emerging Organizations.

Image: Emre Baser, Image Courtesy: Queens Pictures LLC

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