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Low-budget film-makers increasingly turn to 'crowdfunding'

24 April 2012 Last updated at 11:33 BST

Independent film-makers across the world are increasingly turning to 'crowdfunding' in order to make their films.

The novel system uses online websites to find individual donors, who contribute small amounts of money to fund the production of movies.

Some low-budget film makers say crowdfunding has now become an essential lifeline for the creation of their work.

Tom Brook reports from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.