One of the major ways we raise funding for some of our independent film projects is to travel around to film festivals and conventions selling our feature length films. Each event gets our movies out in front of people who might never have heard of them and sales help fund future projects. We’ve done this enough times that we now have a list of the good and bad festivals across the mid-west.

In the past many of these events have been cash only, but over the last few years less and less people carry cash with them. Or worse, the ATM at the event will run out of cash. At first we solved this problem by using square, which at the time was an iphone only device.  The cost per transaction is 2.75% so you loose about 27 cents on every $10 transaction. But recently Paypal announced a clone version of square called Paypal here.

After looking into it I found that the Paypal here program is 2.7% compared to 2.75% for square. That .05% isn’t much savings but it was enough that I’ve decided to give it a try. The first test we’ll be coming up next weekend at OSfest in Omaha. I’ll be running a booth with our writer and director as well as a few actors from our current project. If you’re in the area feel free to stop by the booth or join us for drinks at the after hours party. As usual, it should be a good time.

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