Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has hit a major milestone over the weekend. A movie that was funded by Kickstarter called Inocente won an Oscar this past Sunday for Documentary Short Subject. The movie raised $52,527 from 294 backers. The film is about a 15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl in California that refuses to give up her dream on becoming an artist. Kickstarter helped films and video projects raise around $57.9 million in 2012, which is the second biggest category after games.
Founded in 2008, Kickstarter has raised over $450 million for crowd-funded projects that include smart-watches, Android-based video game consoles, and even a Robocop statue. Inocente was directed by Sean Fine and he said that he worked with the film community to help get the word out and it kept them going through the post-production process. The film was already produced, but the funding from Kickstarter helped pay for deferred costs and to complete the final deliverables like HDCam tapes, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs for TV and community film screenings.
Other films that have received funding from Kickstarter include Iron Sky and The Goon. Kickstarter has a website that lists films that were successfully funded and are currently raising funds. Below is a video that Fine posted about Inocente when he was seeking to raise funds from Kickstarter: