Secrets of Indie Filmmaking: Crowd Funding Oscar

Funded With KickstarterDid you watch the Academy Awards last night because it’s fun or because you’re in the business, independently or otherwise, and you consider it part of your job to do so?  Or do you not care at all about any of it?

Well, last night the Academy of Motion Picture Arts made “internet history” by awarding the first-ever Oscar to a documentary that was in part financed via crowd-funding.  (In this case, through the Kickstarter website.)

Inocente‘ is the story of a 15-year-old homeless Californian girl who wants to become an artist, and it won the Best Documentary Short Oscar. The filmmakers raised $52,527 from 294 backers through Kickstarter in the summer.

Kickstarter recently stated that, since its 2009 launch, more than $102m has been pledged by users to independent film projects. Approximately 40 per cent of those funds went to documentaries like ‘Kings Point‘, also nominated in the Academy’s Documentary Short category. Live action short ‘Buzkashi Boys‘, set in Afghanistan, was also partially funded via Kickstarter, as well as three other films nominated in recent years.

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