Dilman Dila is creating science fiction, fantasy, and horror
5

patrons

$40
per Short Film
I'm creating science fiction and fantasy films set in Africa, because mainstream visualizations of the future largely ignore us. Everyone needs to see themselves in the future, not just as a footnote to current global powers, not just to highlight some calamity that has befallen Earth; everyone has to feed their dreams.... stories feed our dreams....

And you, my dear fans, my dear friends, are the wings of my dreams :-) I would not have reached here without your encouragement, and I'll go further if only you take my hand and tell me everything will be okay.

Making science fiction is expensive. Very expensive. It's even more difficult if you are a producer based in Uganda, East Africa. I have to dig deep for ways to make it on the cheap, with resources I can easily find in my home town, so I produce short films as a training, to enhance my skills, and to show case my abilities. It's very difficult to gain the attention of the world, unless you have backing of Europeans or Americans, unless you are an African in the diaspora, but I hope I can make it from right here in the continent. With your support, I sure will. 

If you back me, your money will be well spent. I'm Dilman Dila, a writer and filmmaker. My stories have been listed in many prestigious prizes including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition. I've made two SFF feature films, The Felistas Fable (2013) and Her Broken Shadow (2017), and several short films, which you can see for free here

What do you get for backing me? First, you will be helping a film industry to grow in my country, for as little as $1 put in each film. Then, you get awesome stories, great entertainment. See the rewards below, how generous I must be :-)) Be a heart and give me wings to fly. Without you, I can't make it. I may not have the words to say thank you, but any penny you spare will change my life.
Rewards
Fans
$1 or more per Short Film 1 patron
First, a huge, huge THANK YOU! Then, you get a unique wallpaper every month, for your phones or desktop, made from the beautiful photos I take. PLUS a copy of the photo that you can print to hang on your living room wall. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of the first four humorous short stories I published in 2001, with a bonus of two unpublished. PLUS access to my Patron-only feed. PLUS early access to an advert-free copy of the short films I make. All that for $1!?


BONUS! Those in Kampala will be invited to the patron's club, were we meet regularly, socialize over a few drinks and watch great films, or discuss art and literature and life.

Fantasy Reward
$3 or more per Short Film 2 patrons
Oh wow. You sure are in love with my work, and for this you get, every month, a unique wallpaper for your phone or desktop, from the cute digital images I make out of my graphic design talent. These images have a cool, family friendly sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly theme. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of some the first horror short stories I published, with a bonus of one previously unpublished, in total about 20K words of sheer terror. This ebook includes the novelette, The Terminal Move, which was first published in 2014.
PLUS, all rewards above.
Poetic Reward
$5 or more per Short Film 0 patrons
I write poetry. Mostly for my girlfriends. Now that you support me, you'll get one too, every month! The poem will be exclusive to you and will come in different formats, as  ebook, as an e-card, as a plaque you can print and hang in your living room, as a wallpaper for your phone or desktop. PLUS a previously unpublished short story every two months PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of my first sci-fi novella, "The Flying Man of Stone," which was nominated for a Nommo Award for Best Novella. PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $10 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
You get a e-copy of the screenplay I used to make the short film of that month. PLUS you get a prose version of the story, also in e-book. It will be slightly different from the film, but just as enjoyable.  Ain't that cool? PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook with screenplays of all my previous produced short films, eight of them. PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $20 or more per Short Film
2 patrons
So, I know how much you love my work, and I know you'll love it more if you know how I made it. I'll give you a tutorial through the whole process. You get the storyboards and director notes. PLUS download access to an .mp4 of the film. PLUS I'll answer any question about making it. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, you get an ebook with screenplays of my two feature films, Her Broken Shadow (a scifi) and The Felistas Fable (a fairy tale comedy) PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $50 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
This is the coolest of all! You'll have exclusive access to something I'm working on, in part or in whole, a screenplay, a short story, a novel, a rough cut of a film (so you can have bragging rights when it's out). This is a very hard thing for artists to share. Most won't want anyone to peek at a WIP. But you support me so you have a stake in my creations :-)) I only ask that you respect the creative process and not share it with anyone. PLUS all rewards above!
Pledge $100 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
First, I want to clap and not stop clapping. Your heart is big and you are full of love. May your tomorrow be full of joy! For this you will get credit in my films as Associate Producer. Yes, that's right. You get to put that in your CV, 'I helped produce this film' :-)) PLUS you get to email me any question you have, whether about my writing or my films or about film making and writing in general. PLUS all the rewards above.
Pledge $150 or more per Short Film
0 of 1 patrons
Do you know how much inspire me? Anything you tell me is an idea for my next film. You could use the film as a gift to a loved one (or enemy :-o). Say it's your girlfriend's birthday. The main character could have her name, her photo could be a prop!, or the plot could be adapted from events in her life or from your relationship (provided it's film-able on low budget)  :-)) Ain't that a cool gift? 
PLUS, all rewards above!
Pledge $250 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
I thank you for your support. At this point, it's not just support but you are part of me. So you get to be a co-producer of the short films I make in the months of your support. This includes credit to your company, if you have one, and your company logo will be included in the film where other company logos appear, provided you and your company uphold values that promote social justice and respect the dignity of every human and of the planet. PLUS, all the rewards above!
Goals
$40 of $100 per Short Film
When I hit $100 per film, I'll afford high quality practical effects. This means I could have a photo-realistic alien in my film without using CGI. It's how they made films like Star Wars in the 1970s. It's often very difficult to find materials in my home town, and every artist I work with always has to learn from scratch, so your help will be very much appreciated.
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I'm creating science fiction and fantasy films set in Africa, because mainstream visualizations of the future largely ignore us. Everyone needs to see themselves in the future, not just as a footnote to current global powers, not just to highlight some calamity that has befallen Earth; everyone has to feed their dreams.... stories feed our dreams....

And you, my dear fans, my dear friends, are the wings of my dreams :-) I would not have reached here without your encouragement, and I'll go further if only you take my hand and tell me everything will be okay.

Making science fiction is expensive. Very expensive. It's even more difficult if you are a producer based in Uganda, East Africa. I have to dig deep for ways to make it on the cheap, with resources I can easily find in my home town, so I produce short films as a training, to enhance my skills, and to show case my abilities. It's very difficult to gain the attention of the world, unless you have backing of Europeans or Americans, unless you are an African in the diaspora, but I hope I can make it from right here in the continent. With your support, I sure will. 

If you back me, your money will be well spent. I'm Dilman Dila, a writer and filmmaker. My stories have been listed in many prestigious prizes including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition. I've made two SFF feature films, The Felistas Fable (2013) and Her Broken Shadow (2017), and several short films, which you can see for free here

What do you get for backing me? First, you will be helping a film industry to grow in my country, for as little as $1 put in each film. Then, you get awesome stories, great entertainment. See the rewards below, how generous I must be :-)) Be a heart and give me wings to fly. Without you, I can't make it. I may not have the words to say thank you, but any penny you spare will change my life.

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Rewards
Fans
$1 or more per Short Film 1 patron
First, a huge, huge THANK YOU! Then, you get a unique wallpaper every month, for your phones or desktop, made from the beautiful photos I take. PLUS a copy of the photo that you can print to hang on your living room wall. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of the first four humorous short stories I published in 2001, with a bonus of two unpublished. PLUS access to my Patron-only feed. PLUS early access to an advert-free copy of the short films I make. All that for $1!?


BONUS! Those in Kampala will be invited to the patron's club, were we meet regularly, socialize over a few drinks and watch great films, or discuss art and literature and life.

Fantasy Reward
$3 or more per Short Film 2 patrons
Oh wow. You sure are in love with my work, and for this you get, every month, a unique wallpaper for your phone or desktop, from the cute digital images I make out of my graphic design talent. These images have a cool, family friendly sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly theme. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of some the first horror short stories I published, with a bonus of one previously unpublished, in total about 20K words of sheer terror. This ebook includes the novelette, The Terminal Move, which was first published in 2014.
PLUS, all rewards above.
Poetic Reward
$5 or more per Short Film 0 patrons
I write poetry. Mostly for my girlfriends. Now that you support me, you'll get one too, every month! The poem will be exclusive to you and will come in different formats, as  ebook, as an e-card, as a plaque you can print and hang in your living room, as a wallpaper for your phone or desktop. PLUS a previously unpublished short story every two months PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of my first sci-fi novella, "The Flying Man of Stone," which was nominated for a Nommo Award for Best Novella. PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $10 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
You get a e-copy of the screenplay I used to make the short film of that month. PLUS you get a prose version of the story, also in e-book. It will be slightly different from the film, but just as enjoyable.  Ain't that cool? PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook with screenplays of all my previous produced short films, eight of them. PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $20 or more per Short Film
2 patrons
So, I know how much you love my work, and I know you'll love it more if you know how I made it. I'll give you a tutorial through the whole process. You get the storyboards and director notes. PLUS download access to an .mp4 of the film. PLUS I'll answer any question about making it. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, you get an ebook with screenplays of my two feature films, Her Broken Shadow (a scifi) and The Felistas Fable (a fairy tale comedy) PLUS, all rewards above.
Pledge $50 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
This is the coolest of all! You'll have exclusive access to something I'm working on, in part or in whole, a screenplay, a short story, a novel, a rough cut of a film (so you can have bragging rights when it's out). This is a very hard thing for artists to share. Most won't want anyone to peek at a WIP. But you support me so you have a stake in my creations :-)) I only ask that you respect the creative process and not share it with anyone. PLUS all rewards above!
Pledge $100 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
First, I want to clap and not stop clapping. Your heart is big and you are full of love. May your tomorrow be full of joy! For this you will get credit in my films as Associate Producer. Yes, that's right. You get to put that in your CV, 'I helped produce this film' :-)) PLUS you get to email me any question you have, whether about my writing or my films or about film making and writing in general. PLUS all the rewards above.
Pledge $150 or more per Short Film
0 of 1 patrons
Do you know how much inspire me? Anything you tell me is an idea for my next film. You could use the film as a gift to a loved one (or enemy :-o). Say it's your girlfriend's birthday. The main character could have her name, her photo could be a prop!, or the plot could be adapted from events in her life or from your relationship (provided it's film-able on low budget)  :-)) Ain't that a cool gift? 
PLUS, all rewards above!
Pledge $250 or more per Short Film
0 patrons
I thank you for your support. At this point, it's not just support but you are part of me. So you get to be a co-producer of the short films I make in the months of your support. This includes credit to your company, if you have one, and your company logo will be included in the film where other company logos appear, provided you and your company uphold values that promote social justice and respect the dignity of every human and of the planet. PLUS, all the rewards above!