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Crowdfunding - The Wisdom of the Crowds

Are you planning on using crowdfunding as a source of funding for your next project?
Our latest Seminar examines the need-to-know details of crowdfunding in Australia and the hidden potential it can provide your business.

Crowdfunding - A Seminar is designed for independent producers in the entertainment industry who are looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of crowdfunding in Australia and how to use crowdfunding platforms to finance their projects.  Most importantly, the seminar addresses proposed legislative changes to relax restrictions on raising finance through crowdfunding, making this a must for Producers financing projects.

The seminar is run by leading executive producer and specialist in financing, David Whealy. It will include a detailed analysis on crowdfunding options in Australia and the legislation governing crowdfunding. Key case studies will be presented by specialist guest producers. Representatives from crowdfunding platforms will detail successful campaigns.

Confirmed guests are:
Claire Merquita (Pozible)
Harriet Archibald (Gayby Baby, 2015; The Connection, 2014) 
Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook, 2014; The Ground Beneath, 2008)
Matthew Pinter (Chairman of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, and Director of TMeffect)

What the seminar covers:

What is crowdfunding?

Regulatory Restrictions; Obligations and Tax implications

  • Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – application of Chapter 6D to crowdfunding and the role of ASIC
  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and potential for misleading or deceptive conduct.
  • Income tax and GST on crowdfunding revenues.

Comparison of crowdfunding systems in other territories and case studies

  • Crowdfunding in the US – current regulations and the introduction of the JOBS Act.
  • Crowdfunding in the UK – regulation by the FCA and the establishment of the UKFCA (Crowdfunding Association).
  • Crowdfunding in NZ – legalisation of equity crowdfunding via the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 and regulated by the FMA.

Crowdfunding success stories in Australia

Crowdfunding platforms

  • An overview of the major crowdfunding platforms; what they charge and their terms of service.

The future of crowdfunding in Australia

  • A detailed look at attempts to reform the crowdfunding regime and ASIC’s current role in implementing a new regulatory framework for crowdfunding.
  • A discussion of the future state of crowdfunding in Australia and what this means for independent producers.

Other benefits of crowdfunding.

Who should attend this seminar:

Any screen industry professional seeking a comprehensive understanding of the crowdfunding landscape: current and pending regulations and the legal and tax implications both in Australia and around the world; best practice case study success stories; a review of the major crowdfunding platforms; benefits of crowdfunding and what the future of crowdfunding in Australia means for independent producers.

If you want a comprehensive overview of crowdfunding and/or are planning to use crowdfunding as a source of funding for your next project, this seminar is designed to equip you with what you need to know.


DATE: Thursday, 16 July 2015
TIME: 9.00am - 12.30pm
VENUE: Function Room, Level 1, Building 61, Fox Studios Australia, 38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney

Members: $100 | Non-Members: $160

This event is now closed for sales.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given for any cancellations made up to 48hrs prior to the Business Class, and are subject to a 25% administration fee. Refunds are not given after this period.

We do not accept AMEX.


Matthew is the Chairman of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, and Director of TMeffect, a Syndicate investment and CSEF platform lobbing for regulatory change to enable innovative funding for small business and start-ups. Matthew holds several start-up investments from FMCG to digital disruptors.

As an ICAANZ fellow and Licensed Business Broker, Matthew has been deeply engaged in M&A and Start-ups throughout his professional career, including highlights such as trade sales to Oracle & IGT.


Kristina Ceyton produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning psychological thriller The Babadook that premiered in the 'Park City at Midnight' section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and significant international sales. The film went on to screen at numerous prestigious film festivals worldwide, winning Best Film and Best Actress Awards among them.

Her other producing credits include award-winning shorts Small Boxes (2006) and The Ground Beneath (2008). Both films have received great international success, winning over 40 awards collectively. The Ground Beneath was short-listed for nomination for the 2010 ACADEMY AWARD as Best Live Action Short.

Kristina associate produced Australian feature Newcastle (2008), and is developing a select slate of features, including Cartagena by Nam Le (based on the short story from his award winning collection The Boat), the feature version of YouTube sensation and Tropfest Finalist short film Cargo in collaboration with US producer Russell Ackerman (Mama), and This Dark Wood with Jonathan Auf Der Heide (Van Diemen’s Land). Kristina also just completed a 6-month placement with top US sales agency & development and production company FILMNATION in Los Angeles supported by Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator Program. Her company, CAUSEWAY FILMS, was also awarded the Screen Australia Feature Enterprise grant, in 2014.

Hattie Archibald is a producer with a background in impact producing, crowdfunding and distribution.

Hattie has been at the helm of the independent release of four Australian feature films: The Connection (2014), Last Paradise (2013), Rites of Passage (2013) and Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2011), delivering films to audiences via event screening tours, VOD, DVD, self-hosted community screenings and educational packages. She is currently working as the Impact Producer on Gayby Baby and Cast from the Storm, both to be released in 2015.

As a crowdfunding consultant Hattie has co-developed the strategy for several successful crowdfunding campaigns (including Gayby Baby), collectively raising $400,000 across 12 campaigns. Hattie and her team also recently raised $14,891 for a web series she hopes to direct called Gut Feeling.

Hattie is a graduate of AFTRS for Directing Fundamentals (2013), has a BA from the University of Sydney and learnt french whilst on exchange at the Sorbonne (Paris IV).

Claire Merquita has worked as a writer, producer and educator in the media and broadcast industries for the last six years. Originally based in Singapore, her work has appeared on television, film, corporate video and collateral, audio tours and the local press.

Her clients have included McDonald’s, Lanxess, the National Environment Agency and Mediacorp, Singapore’s main broadcasting station. She also worked as an editor for The Weekender, Singapore’s newest lifestyle paper. 

A media practitioner and educator, she has hosted and covered major media events and conferences, including Ad-tech Singapore, the iMedia Brand & Agency Summits, and the International Communication Association’s Conference.
She lectured in media for two years at Lasalle College of the Arts Broadcast, Video Art and Animation divisions. 

In her current role as Pozible’s Public Relations Manager, Claire works with international project creators to help them prepare releases and pitch to the press, resulting in wide coverage that includes CNN, TechCrunch and the BBC.

David is the principal of entertainment legal firm David Whealy and Associates admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW.  David is regarded as one of the leading and most experienced entertainment legal practitioners in Australia, possessing over 20+ years’ entertainment legal experience including senior executive positions with Omnilab Media, Holding Redlich, Beyond, ABC TV and PolyGram.

David’s areas of expertise include copyright, trademarks, Australian and international film and television financing, production and chain of title agreements, music, advertising, distribution, production and marketing funding, and sales. He has been in involved in providing legal advice to Australian and international clients ranging from studios, distributors, broadcasters, major production companies, talent and creative across the globe across hundreds of film, television, advertising, music and theatre projects.

David has also executive produced cumulatively over $350 million worth of film and television production in his career.