Who we are

We’re not really a couch, okay?

We come from one type of special family

The kind that starts off as a group of people working on a film set and becomes one big family when the production is about to get wrapped.

We believe some of you do too.

Big Couch is a way of bringing these families together, into an even larger one, by creating a platform where producers, employers and crews can connect, share and work directly, while energizing the entire film industry along the way. Showcased profiles turn into jobs, and jobs transform into independent films and fresh productions.

We want to fuel and spark the independent film scene by interlacing professionals’ experience and by empowering the talents of our time.

We believe in a transparent and safe eco-system for filmmakers, because at the end of the day, we are one of them.

Here to make independent films rock.

Think of us as a slingshot for that rock, ready to launch your projects across the fence, into the eye of impossible budgets.

We want to change the independent film industry with our weapon of choice: Crewfunding. A concept of film production, based on shared economy principles, already successfully applied to famous films such as The Full Monty, Frances Ha, Warp Films and even Star Wars.

Now, Big Couch makes Crewfunding available to any filmmaker, who can gather the resources they need by having crews invest their skill and time into the project. In return, crews receive a transparent package of profit points and deferred payments, negotiated through unbiased contracts.

None of the jobs on our platform go below the National Minimum Wage. We provide reliable and transparent legal framework for all of this, while working closely with leading law firm Lewis Silkin.

Welcome to the Big Couch. Give us a hand and help us carry it up the stairs. So that we can all sit together comfortably on the rooftop.

Hello, hi!

Irina Albita is a self-starting LSE graduate and film fanatic living in London. Specialized in tech spaces and markets across a diverse range of industries, Irina’s experience in the UK and the Balkans includes founding startups and mentoring for accelerator programs in the areas of travel, education and FMCG.

Maria Tanjala developed her area of expertise as Production Manager and 1st AD, while writing scripts and directing shorts. She graduated from Filmmaking MA at East15 and was awarded the Most Promising Filmmaker for her short film “Goneril”. Maria has a degree in Sociology and is passionate about activism and actions that have a social impact. She feeds on good films, from global cinema.