Community funding - a new model for financing creative projects

A Miramar Creative Centre Talk feat. René Pinnell, CEO of Kaleidoscope and filmmaker, about community funding - especially for VR projects.

What's it all about?

As has been made painfully clear by the pandemic, artists are an economically vulnerable community. According to a recent survey, 74% of artists have lost the majority of their income. What the moment requires is not only an immediate response to support artists, but a fundamental rethink of how artists fund their work.

Raising money for original art and entertainment projects has always been insanely difficult. Whether you come from film, TV, theatre, gaming, or the emerging XR industry, fundraising is a complex patchwork of debt instruments, tax breaks, grants, pre-sales, and private investment.

Just look at Orson Welles, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, who famously said “I've wasted the greater part of my life looking for money. It's about two per cent of movie making and 98 per cent hustling.” But does fundraising need to be this difficult? Or can we invent a new model for financing projects that is more equitable, transparent, and artist-friendly?

Join us for a talk by Kaleidoscope founder René Pinnell as he explores a new model for funding creative projects.

This will be a virtual talk via Zoom ( which will last about 30 minutes with 15 minutes for questions after.

This talk is a part of the Miramar Creative Centre series of talks. Miramar Creative Centre is a collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington and Miramar Creative Ltd which sits amongst the Weta group buildings on Park Road and offers unrivalled access to work experience and professional connections with New Zealand’s world-leading film, animation, and game design industries. The Master of Design Technology (a Wellington ICT Graduate School programme) and Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) is taught from here.

You can drop into this event at any time.


Thursday 30 Jul
9:00am - 9:45am

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René Pinnell

CEO & Designer of Kaleidoscope

As a filmmaker and designer, René produced the acclaimed comedy show Backpack Picnic, directed the feature documentary The King of Texas, sold a TV pilot to MTV, designed five products, and founded two companies.

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