Kickstarter Releases the Filmmaking Community’s Numbers. How Much Did We Make?
Kickstarter is one of the crowdfunding platform that has been a game changer for many artists and entrepreneurs in barely four years. Many projects have seen the light of day and gained media and public attention through it, and many independent filmmakers (and even mainstream filmmakers) are now using it systematically when they plan to launch their next project.
Few days ago, Kickstarter’s tumblr, which is one of the top 10 tumblr accounts filmmaking related you ‘should’ follow, released the filmmaking community numbers:
In less than four years (April 28, 2009 — January 1, 2013), in the Film and Video Community:
> 8, 567 projects were funded by
> 891,979 backers for a
> total pledged of $102.7 million and a
> total collected of $85.7 million
Those numbers might not mean much as is, and compared to the overall number of projects funded on Kickstarter, films and videos are not the leading category, but Kickstarter’s impact on independent films becomes obvious when you look at the facts below:
- At least 86 Kickstarter-funded films have been released theatrically, screening in more than 1,500 North American theaters according to Rentrak. Another 14 films have theatrical premieres slated for 2013.
- Two films have been nominated for Oscars in the past two years: Sun Come Up and Incident in New Baghdad. A third, Barber of Birmingham, launched a project after being Oscar-nominated. Three documentary features and two documentary shorts are currently shortlisted for Oscar nominations in 2013: The Waiting Room, Detropia, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Inocente, and Kings Point.
- 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.
Today Kickstarter is a force to reckon with. It’s hard to believe it has been less than four years it’s been around and it’s hard to imagine it might be gone in four years from now, but models are changing quickly, companies are growing fast and strong only to show that one mistake can almost take them down, so who knows the direction fundings will take.
What is certain is that if you are planning to direct something soon, Kickstarter should be on your map, to raise money but also to create a fan base. Here are more information about the genre of each video projects funded:
Below is the list of all the Kickstarter-funded projects that made it on mentorless from the oldest to the most recent:
- Man-Child (Feature Film)
- Cineskates (Film Equipment)
- Ricky on Leacock (Documentary)
- The Underwater Realm (Five Short Movies)
- Double Fine Adventure (Adventure Game)
- Love Magical (Feature Film)
- Initiative #435 (short-movie)
- HiLo Lens (iPhone Tech)
- Indie Game: The Movie (Documentary)