November 28, 2012

Kickstarter Successes Dominate Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

There's more than one way to skin a cat, shoot a scene, or get your film crowdfinanced -- though some ways may be better than others. In terms of the third category, few startups get a higher-profile crowdfunding boost than those with successful Kickstarter campaigns. Generally once fund-raising is complete projects are left to fend for themselves -- now, however, one of the first post-Kickstarter success patterns seems to be emerging with the Independent Spirit Awards' recent announcement of its nominees.

Not one, not two, but seven 'Kickstarted' films made the cut, across all manner of categories. This is surely a cause for celebration for both the filmmakers and the crowdfunder, especially since the perception of Kickstarter as a viable part of film's embryonic stages is all the more reinforced. Here's the list of the nominees that come from Kickstarter beginnings:

Best Feature: Keep the Lights On
Best Documentary: The Waiting Room
John Cassavetes Award for Best Film Under $500k: Mosquita y Mari
Best First Screenplay: Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby
Best Screenplay: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Keep the Lights On
Best Director: Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On
Best First Feature: Gimme the Loot
Best Male Lead: Thur Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On
Someone to Watch Award: Adam Leon, Gimme the Loot and Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children
Truer Than Fiction Award: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims, Only the Young and Pete Nicks, The Waiting Room.

Below are some trailers for some of the major contenders. You can also check out the Kickstarter homepages to each of these films via the links above. Here's the trailer for Keep the Lights On, which has the most nominations out of this Kickstarter crew:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HitH8qJxCg

The trailer for Gimme the Loot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSL-eAlGZh8

And finally, the trailer for the John Cassavetes Award for Best Film Under $500K, Mosquita y Mari:

http://vimeo.com/34977089

I think it's great that we're starting to see some real success from Kickstarter -- not that success hasn't been found aplenty before, but the consistency here certainly spells good news for (truly) independent film.

Are you guys impressed with this news? Do you think it's coincidental -- or instead a real sign of the caliber of projects that can come out of Kickstarter? Let us know what you think below in the comments.

Link: Film Independent Spirit Awards

[via Kickstarter tumblr]

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Good reporting. Thank you!

November 28, 2012 at 8:30PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Goes to show what can be accomplished if you make it easy and fun for people to give you small amounts of money.

November 28, 2012 at 9:28PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Thanks for the interesting post. The Gimme the Loot campaign-video is great! Really funny. It probably helped that they didn't ask for too much money. I hope Kickstarter comes to more countries.

George - tshit.de/freshdailies

November 29, 2012 at 7:10AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Solid article, Dave. This is a very welcome surprise for independent filmmakers. I've noticed a lot of successful projects that are quite far along in production and use Kickstarter to take next steps, like packaging, distribution and marketing.

To be sure, we only turned to Kickstarter after self-funding our travel series for 8 months and having a clear reason for asking for money - in our case, turning the series into an interactive tablet app and hire new filmmaking teams (kck.st/QeStKS). We'll see if it turns out to work for us!

November 29, 2012 at 3:42PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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It's fine but the fact that funding now comes from the public is very clear from
those trailers. The visual scope of those films are like what comes out of top
grad. film schools and nothing like lower level studio films. But that's
where the current state of Indie film is located.

Has anyone heard any of the Spirit nominated films? At most one might have heard
of 2 of them. Which is really kinda a depressing state of affairs.

November 29, 2012 at 4:14PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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sanmy

We're going to be seeing a lot more of this as the years go by. You hit it on the head, Dave, with "This is surely a cause for celebration for both the filmmakers and the crowdfunder, especially since the perception of Kickstarter as a viable part of film’s embryonic stages is all the more reinforced." Thanks for sharing the article!

December 1, 2012 at 12:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Electrick Children is my sisters film. I was 2nd a.c. on it. Excited she is nominated and to see it mentioned on this blog.

December 1, 2012 at 4:25PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Will

I echo the statement made by "Indie Film Producer": 'Goes to show what can be accomplished if you make it easy and fun for people to give you small amounts of money.'

i'm really happy for these filmmakers and on a social level it really blows the lid off the myth that only certain people can make a movie. Obviously, I'm over-simplifying it, but still, I think it applies.

December 10, 2012 at 10:57AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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