Kodak and Kickstarter Want to Help You Shoot on Film

Think you're too low-budget to shoot on film? Think again.

Kickstarter and the Eastman Kodak Company are launching an initiative to help cinematographers bring their vision to life utilizing 35mm or super-16mm film.

Four directors have already been announced as the premiere participants and will launch Kickstarter campaigns this spring: Derek Ahonen (The Transcendents), Antonio Ferrera (Nomad of Art), Daniel Levin (Bagatelle) and R. Paul Wilson (DarkFall).

Once future program participants are selected, Kodak will provide either 35mm or s16mm film (negative, intermediate, or print stock) of the filmmaker’s choice:

● 20% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price 35mm (Not to exceed $20,000)

● 15% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price s16mm (Not to exceed $15,000)

Additionally, Kodak will provide discounted pricing to participating filmmakers on other purchases for the project. And to further support the participants, William Morris Endeavor ’s Global Finance and Distribution Group will mentor the filmmakers on packaging, financing, and sales strategy.

"Kodak understands that artists working at all budget levels strive to tell their stories with the unique quality and emotion that film provides," said Anne Hubbell, Kodak's Vice President of Motion Picture. "We are dedicated to ensuring that film remains available and viable for established and emerging filmmakers alike."

Filmmakers interested in participating in the Kickstarter-Kodak initiative and want more information should email kodakfilm@kickstarter.com.     

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That's cool.

April 25, 2016 at 5:42PM

Steven Bailey

I'd love to use film and see it survive. But this isn't going to come close to making it feasible.

Not only does this set a pretty high bar, but it doesn't include the costs of processing or scanning the film.

April 28, 2016 at 2:40PM

David Gurney

I'd love to shoot on film again, but there are a myriad of expenses involved.

When you add the cost of the film stock with all the lab expenses, the cost seems prohibitive for independent filmmakers.

I shot on 16mm in film school, and I loved the experience. But I shoot on video now because the look is comparable and the cost is manageable.

April 28, 2016 at 3:15PM

Glenn Bossik

If I understand correctly, Kodak will match a % of what the filmmaker raises on Kickstarter. With $100k in my back pocket I could get many future backers and I would not have to buy their equipment.

Crowdfunding is not for movie making or for someone to build a business. This is where entrepreneurs are falling short with crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is for emergency money for people who desperately need it, besides, there are a limited amount of donors out there so, why should they help us build a business?

June 27, 2016 at 5:47AM

Jerri Hall