Kickstarter Successes to Inspire

By Cherita Smith / Web Coordinator / @lafemmecherita

2012 was the year of crowdfunding. Everywhere you went, it seemed like someone was doing it, or wanting to know how. “Support my Kickstarter campaign!” became the rallying cry of filmmakers near and far. We even wrote about it a time or two (or three). You may be thinking, that’s great, but did any of them succeed?

The answer: a resounding YES.

Nearly 20% of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were on Kickstarter. And the Film Independent curated Kickstarter page went from two successfully funded projects and just $20,099 raised in 2010, to 28 successfully funded projects and over $877,000 raised in 2012.

And the numbers just keep growing — at the start of this year, Kickstarter announced that $100 million has been pledged to independent film since they began in 2009. So if a crowdfunding campaign is in the cards for you this year, here’s a list of successes (and a nifty infographic) to use as inspiration.

Spirit Award-nominated films with Kickstarter campaigns:

  • Electrick Children, nominated for the Someone to Watch Award
  • Four, nominated for Best Male Lead
  • Gayby, nominated for Best First Screenplay
  • Gimme the Loot, nominated for Best First Feature, Someone to Watch Award winner
  • Keep the Lights On, nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead
  • Mosquita y Mari, nominated for the John Cassavetes Award
  • Only the Young, nominated for the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
  • The Waiting Room, nominated for Best Documentary, Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award winner


January 28th, 2013 • No Comments

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