Now Funding | Offering: Reg A+

David - Feature Film

  • Musical
  • Feature Length Film

There is no better story of faith and courage than that of David, who not only defeated a giant but inspired a nation! Throughout David’s life, he was a warrior, poet, shepherd, and king whose life was full of energy and adventure. DAVID portrays the possibility of a living and breathing relationship with God.

of $37,500,000 max*
5,184 People*
Hours Left*

$100 Minimum Investment

Previous Rounds:

*People includes all persons who have submitted subscription materials. Amount raised is an estimate that includes subscriptions, however not all such amounts have been accepted or closed, and some subscriptions may not be accepted.

If you want to see biblical stories told with exceptional quality on par with Disney or Pixar productions, then DAVID is for you! The biblical story of David is one of the most loved in history. DAVID’s creators are bringing this story to the screen with the moving authenticity of Prince of Egypt paired with the modern animation and musical fun of Moana or Tangled. Our vision is a movie that delights and entertains a wide global audience, while delivering powerful spiritual impact and providing a glimpse into God’s heart. "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart." (Acts 13:22)

Currently Funding - Regulation A Round



  • Story development (draft 4 complete)

  • Storyboarding and animatics (draft 3 complete) 

  • Research and Development (5 team trips to Israel)

  • Character design 

  • Environment design

  • Pipeline development, testing, and growth to support film of this scale

  • Animation tests

  • Commencement of modeling the world and characters

  • Music development (20 songs written in this phase)

  • Voice-over philosophy and strategy developed

  • Executive Music Producer attached

GOAL: Create the most influential biblical animated movie since DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt. With a God-sized vision and a “slingshot strategy”, we believe that DAVID can become the most-watched animated film of all time.

PURPOSE: Share this moving biblical story with a global audience, especially those outside of the religious sphere.

APPEAL: Faith-filled content done right. Just look at the success stories of The Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ, and The Chosen!

ARTFORM: We want DAVID’s message to reach far and last for generations. Animation is arguably the best-performing movie and most enduring of all film genres.

COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL (BEYOND THE BIG SCREEN): Animated films have unparalleled revenue potential in consumer products, music licensing, immersive experiences, and Broadway productions (The Lion King’s stage production remains Disney’s highest-grossing property of all time, with over $8 billion in ticket revenue to date!).

*Please note, there is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project

PREVIOUS WORK: Sunrise, the company contracted by Slingshot USA, LLC, to produce DAVID, is the creator of the Jungle Beat brand. The Jungle Beat series broadcasts in over 150 countries with a monthly YouTube audience of around 100 million views. Jungle Beat: The Movie ranked in Netflix’s Top 10 Movies globally in 2020, reaching 3rd place in the US, with an 80% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.*

TALENT: DAVID’s team includes several of the most respected professionals in the film industry worldwide, including senior contributors to the biggest films of the past two decades.

CROWDFUNDING: In 2021, DAVID successfully raised close to $5 million in crowdfunding, with the first $2.5 million invested in just 24 hours.



David is one of the most inspiring characters in human history. As a boy, he fought Goliath because no one else dared to, and a few years later in life, his courage and faith inspired a generation of giant slayers.  His greatest achievement was not defeating a giant, but inspiring a nation to BELIEVE!  Warrior, poet, shepherd, and king--David’s life is one of incredible color and energy. 

This project is about more than a shepherd boy who took on a giant. David's story is among the most compelling in history. It points to God and challenges the image of an austere, unapproachable, and distant deity. DAVID portrays the possibility of a living, breathing, and transformative relationship with God.


A gifted musician and songwriter, David wrote half of the Psalms! What better way to portray his life than through a musical?

Grammy Award-winning Jason Halbert is the project’s Executive Music Producer. For over 15 years, Jason has produced and directed for Kelly Clarkson, including The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Before teaming up with Kelly, Jason was highly successful in the Christian music industry. He started his career at 19 as a keyboardist for DC Talk before founding Sonicflood.  He works alongside leading artists across the Christian and the secular music industry.

Jason is joined by songwriter Jonas Myrin, who won the Grammy Award for Best Christian Song with Matt Redman.  Apart from his prolific writing in the Christian worship space, Jonas has written for mainstream artists including Celine Dion, Nicole Sherzinger, and Andrea Bocelli.



Completing a major global theatrical release can feel insurmountable, but we face this giant with confidence that we “can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

Large Studios have historically dominated the cinema industry, and it’s very difficult for small studios to have successful releases in the theatrical space. However, we are right in the middle of one of the greatest disruptions the world has seen in terms of how films are distributed and consumed, and we feel there is an opportunity to achieve unprecedented distribution for an independent film, by firstly creating a movie of incredible quality, and secondly through a distribution strategy that is innovative and harnesses the incredible power of community.  We believe that DAVID fills a hole in the industry; with drama, adventure, and courage to captivate beyond most faith-based films.


We believe DAVID will become the most-viewed animated film of all time– an epic biblical story to delight the faith audience while also drawing a broader mainstream audience.

DAVID is the largest audience funded entertainment project EVER!! The funding success of DAVID is a perfect example of our distributor, Angel Studios' approach in allowing the audience to support exactly what they want to see. Our intention for DAVID is a global cinema release that builds on the extraordinary community we have built during crowdfunding, becomes a timeless favorite for the global faith community, and draws a major mainstream audience who would not normally interact with biblical stories or messages.

In partnership with Angel Studios, and as an expression of faith, we have set the goal of making DAVID the most-watched theatrically released animated film of all time.*  This is not a goal driven by ego, but rather by a stretch of vision. We know that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

*Please note, there is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project


Angel Studios is a proven innovator in community-driven entertainment distribution, and we will add these principles to the best practices of a traditional cinema release.  Angel Studios’ phenomenal series The Chosen, has demonstrated that when faith-based projects are done right, they can reach millions of people.  In 2021 alone, The Chosen earned more than $63 million in revenue.*

*Please note, there is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project

Part of our strategy to make DAVID the most-watched animated movie of all time is to adapt Angel’s pay-it-forward principle to the cinema industry and invite ticket purchasers to pay for additional tickets, to be distributed within communities who may not be able to afford to go to the cinema.  A person’s first-ever cinema experience is incredibly powerful and memorable, and we love the idea of DAVID being the unforgettable first cinema experience for millions of people worldwide! 


Slingshot USA, LLC’s distribution agreement with Angel Studios provides for a marketing budget of up to 50% of our production expenditure, which is a healthy budget for an independent film. However, compared with the marketing spend of major studios like Disney or Dreamworks, the success of DAVID relies on a “slingshot” strategy, and Angel Studios’ proven ability to innovate is key.

Distribution of DAVID will build on five strategic “pebbles” to take on the giant of major studio domination of the film distribution industry:

  1. Building a community. From funding through production, Angel Studios has built a “crowd” of investors and followers behind media projects. Once funding of DAVID is complete, roughly two years of production will continue before release. Together with Angel Studios, we will use this period to engage with and continue to build our DAVID community.

  2. Engaging the Faith community.  Our initial “crowd” behind DAVID will be a small subset of nearly 2.5 billion Christians worldwide, representing a massive global audience of families who already know and love this biblical story. While we are making DAVID for a diverse, global audience, we recognize that the Faith community is very likely where our “snowball” will start. Making a movie that authentically honors the biblical text is our passion and priority, and we believe that the Faith community will be delighted by the quality, entertainment value, and spiritual depth of DAVID.

  3. Global Theatrical Release Strategy. With Angel Studios as our distributors, we plan an innovative US theatrical release leveraging the momentum generated in the “crowd” and Faith communities described above. Internationally, our strategy is for Angel to appoint and manage distributors for each regional/national territory to achieve the best global audience possible.

  4. Pay-It-Forward Cinema.  Angel Studios has pioneered a pay-it-forward model with The Chosen, which has been an absolute phenomenon.  We love the heart behind this model – giving away world-class, Christian content and inviting the community to give as well. This generous model has proven disruptive and successful commercially. The Chosen generated $63 million in 2021.*

  5. A Truly Special Film. In an age where media content abounds and attention is competitive, the first requirement of a distribution strategy is to rise above the noise.  After that, our single biggest success factor will be the quality of DAVID. We embrace the challenge to create a film that you can’t stop talking about so that every person who watches becomes part of our marketing movement.

*Slingshot USA, LLC managers determine profit distribution at their sole discretion. And once again please note, there is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project.


DAVID attracts a team of talented and experienced artists, animators, filmmakers, and music professionals from across the world (at least 14 countries). Our crew includes senior contributors who have worked on some of the most iconic and successful movies of the last two decades, including Finding Nemo, Moana, Tangled, Big Hero 6, and Soul.

Phil Cunningham

Executive Producer/Director

Phil Cunningham is the founder of Sunrise, the computer animation studio responsible for the production of DAVID. Phil is also an ultimate beneficial owner and sits on the Board of Managers of Slingshot USA, LLC which owns DAVID. Phil’s passion for storytelling was ignited and fueled as a young boy growing up in the wild frontier of Zimbabwe, where day-to-day life was often interspersed with larger-than-life characters and fantastic stories. Phil is a serial entrepreneur, a visionary, a storyteller, and most of all a man of Faith. The story of David has been the driving passion behind Phil’s journey into film, because of the incredible glimpses into God’s nature that are woven into David’s extraordinary story.

Over the last two decades, he has built Sunrise in Cape Town, South Africa. Sunrise has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, while also creating one of the most popular pre-school animation brands in Jungle Beat, which has been broadcast in over 150 countries and has a monthly YouTube audience of around 100 million views. More recently, Sunrise was awarded the production contract for Jungle Beat: The Movie which ranked in Netflix's Top 10 Movies globally in 2020, reaching 3rd place in the US, with an 80% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jacqui Cunningham

Executive Producer

Jacqui Cunningham co-founded Sunrise with her husband, Phil. She has a particular passion for mentoring people and building incredible teams in the filmmaking and story process. Jacqui has led the process of bringing some of the most highly regarded professionals in the international animation industry together for DAVID and has been at the heart of designing an extraordinary studio space and process. She brings a great deal of intuitive wisdom to complement Phil’s entrepreneurial vision, and they have been an exceptional team in running a business, making movies, and raising their three children.

Brent Dawes


Brent Dawes is the lead writer and director at Sunrise in Cape Town. After studying Drama and spending a two-year stint as an advertising copywriter, Brent joined Sunrise way back in 2001 as lead animator on Africa’s first animated feature The Legend of the Sky Kingdom.

Brent has been the ever-present creative leader in the growth of Sunrise over the past two decades--and has created the Jungle Beat series. During a two-year secondment to Sandcastle Studios Limited (Mauritius based), Brent directed Jungle Beat: The Movie. Jungle Beat: The Movie ranked in Netflix's Top 10 movies globally in 2020, reaching 3rd place in US, with 80% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Brent has led Sunrise creatively towards being the fun, vibrant, and visionary studio that it is today. Brent has been contracted by Slingshot USA, LLC to write and direct DAVID.


The production team of DAVID has collectively worked on the most successful animated features of the past two decades. Sunrise, contracted by Slingshot USA, LLC, is based in Cape Town, South Africa. The beautiful Studio houses a team of talented artists, storytellers, and animators from all over the world, brought together with a shared passion to inspire through story.

Slingshot USA, LLC saw an opportunity in the new equity crowdfunding laws that allow the public to invest in a company in its earliest stages of development. Thanks to the disruptive new capabilities of equity crowdfunding, together with the crowd, the public can see biblical stories told and created with exception quality. The collaboration of Sunrise, Slingshot USA, LLC, and Angel Studios, brings different experiences and expertise to the table, setting the scene for a cinematic masterpiece that can stand proudly alongside the most iconic films in the history of this genre.

We invite you to be part of history in the making.


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Invest in DAVID now by purchasing Class A Preferred Units at $1.25 per unit.

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We will use funds to produce DAVID the movie.

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If we earn enough from distribution revenue, you would receive 120% of your investment before the founders take a profit distribution, and then we split profits by ownership.†



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Regular Newsletter Updates

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Streaming Credit Roll Mention

Your name listed in the credits of the streaming version of David. Plus all previous perks.

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Full Credit Roll Mention

You name listed in the Cinema version credit roll. Plus all previous perks.

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Quarterly Video Updates

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Director's Cut of Trailer

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Signed Film Poster

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Signed Script

Signed Script

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Behind the Scenes Book

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Limited Edition Canvas

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Associate Producer Credit

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Invitation to World Premiere

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