Articles & Notes — January 6, 2013 at 1:06 am

People spent over $42 million on funding documentary films on Kickstarter

kickstarterPeople, or investors if you will, have spent over $42 million on funding documentary films of various nature, according to Kickstarter.

The Kickstarter published statistics for April 28, 2009 — January 1, 2013, according to which, the most funded projects were the documentaries.

Totally, $102.7 million projects were pledged, about $85.7 million of those were collected.

891,979 people acted as backers for projects, as a result of which, 8,567 projects were funded within three years.

Overall, there were 2,394 documentary projects funded in the mentioned period of time, for a total of $42.64 million.

Second come narrative films, which gathered $31.74 million (2,331 projects funded).

Short films gathered $16.68 million (3,000 projects funded), various webseries reached $6.83 million (619 projects funded), and animation films got just under $5 million ($4.87 million for 223 funded projects).

More than $100 million has been pledged to film projects on Kickstarter, which said this is a “big big milestone for independent filmmakers and this new way of filmmaking”.

In case you don’t know what it is – Kickstarter is is an online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects.

Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, ranging from indie film and music to journalism and food-related projects.

According to Kickstarter’s report, in the past 3 years, nearly 900,000 people have pledged their support to an independent filmmaker on Kickstarter, pledging more than $100 million to features, documentaries, shorts, webseries, and other film and video projects.

Nearly 5,000 feature-length films have been successfully funded since 2009.

Nearly $60 million has been pledged in the past 12 months alone.

In Hollywood, $100 million might be the marketing budget for a single blockbuster, but independent filmmakers are more resourceful.

This $100 million helped to create more than 8,000 films, many of which have gone on to great acclaim and success.

According to Kickstarter’s report, at least 86 Kickstarter-funded films have been released theatrically, screening in more than 1,500 North American theaters.

Kickstarter-funded films comprised 10% of Sundance’s slate in 2012 and 2013. In total, 49 Kickstarter-funded films have been official selections at the prestigious festival.

Kickstarter-funded films comprised 10% of the 2012 slates at the SXSW Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. In total, 57 Kickstarter-funded films have premiered at SXSW and 21 at Tribeca.

At least 16 Kickstarter-funded films have been picked up for national broadcast through HBO, PBS, Showtime, and other networks.

Kickstarter-funded films have won at least 21 awards at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, and Berlinale festivals.

Eight Kickstarter-funded films are nominated for Independent Spirit Awards this year (2013).

So, if you’re going to fund your own movie project, consider going for Kickstarter. Or read more how to fund your own film project here.

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