The web platforms that enable anyone to fundraise for projects took off last year and will grow even more in 2013. The best-known US example, Kickstarter, has received pledges of more than $100 million for screen projects since April 2009. The pace is accelerating: nearly $US60 million has been pledged in the past year.
US crowdfunding has matured to the point where it is becoming a significant funder of small and medium-sized projects, including feature films. Perhaps the best-known success story is pioneering climate change documentary maker Franny Armstrong, who raised 1.5 million pounds for her feature The Age of Stupid. Kickstarter claims the platform has funded 86 films that have gained theatrical release, screening in more than 1500 North American theatres. Another 14 films have theatrical premieres slated for 2013.
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