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World's first 501(c)3 blockchain-based, democratically selected film fund.

DCP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by American Zoetrope, the iconic film company first started by Francis Ford Coppola in 1969. DCP supports aspiring filmmakers and filmmakers from underrepresented and underserved communities. We are an online platform that offers financing awards of various sizes from our film fund to our user community. The rest of the community rates and reviews the projects. Through this review process, certain projects will rise to the top, and our board members will select a winner in each competition.

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What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Access to Creative Industry Employment (sponsored by Snap Foundation)

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

West LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Our platform can address any and all issues by creating documentary financing award competitions. We can create a competition for each social issue LA is facing. We're not only focused on one issue, we can shed light on many issues via our platform.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

Our platform can address all social issues on your list. With funding, we can grow our film fund to offer many different documentary (or scripted) financing awards to raise awareness for various issues (particularly issues affecting Los Angeles). For example, we can have a financing award for a documentary about income equality or homelessness in Los Angeles. Our community will submit their work and vote on the best projects. The winner gets the funds to complete this documentary. We guide the winner through the production and distribution process. Raising awareness is the first step in solving a problem.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

If our platform is successful, we can help produce many documentaries that shed light on issues LA is facing. We can change the world through art. Arts shape culture and influence public opinion. Raising awareness is the first step in solving a problem.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Success will be measured in the number of film projects we are able to fund and the amounts of financing we are able to award filmmakers. As these films get produced, shot and then distributed, DCP, as the financier, will share in the revenues and profits that these films generate. Those net profits will all go back into the film fund to finance future film projects. So, the financial success of the films will translate into success and growth for the platform. One of the prime goals of our company is to offer funding and support to filmmakers from underserved and underrepresented communities. Therefore, another measure of success will be the number of filmmakers from these communities that DCP is able to assist, as well as the size, diversity and geographical reach of the user community. The more robust the community, the more relevant and accurate the review data will be, and the more effective the platform will be at selecting successful films.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 20,000

Indirect Impact: 50,000