Kickstarter emerged the people’s winner at the 2013 Academy Awards, second only to Jennifer Lawrence, who earned millions of admirers (and several memes) when she tripped on her dress.
Kickstarter-backed “Inocente” won the Oscar last night for Documentary Short Subject. The film raised $52,527 from 294 backers on the website that lets people fund creative projects. On its Kickstarter page, the film is described as a heartwarming story of a “15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl in CA who refuses to give up her dream of being an artist.”
Director Sean Fine (pictured, left, with his wife Andrea) told the Wall Street Journal that Kickstarter “helped galvanize the community and get the word out about the film, and it … kept us going basically through the post-production process.”
The film was already produced, but the new funding was used to pay deferred costs and to complete final deliverables (creating HDCam tapes, Digibeta tapes, Blu-rays, and DVDs in the correct formats) for TV and community film screenings, as well as build a promotional website.
Kickstarter was originally intended as a site dedicating to promoting and procuring funding for artsy projects, but has expanded to include hardware and hi-tech. The site received widespread recognition when “Olive”, the first film shot on a smartphone, shot up on Kickstarter.
Kickstarter launched a custom site today to celebrate the win.
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