As always, the post Oscar chatter has begun and everyone wants to comment on the winning films, the losing outfits, and whatever offensive thing the host said. This year, we’re talking about one winning film with a unique back story, featuring an internet trend you’ll recognize from one of our past posts: crowdsourcing.
Inocente won Best Documentary (Short Subject) and was funded through Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website where people pitch their creative ideas and ask the public to pitch in their pennies to make it happen. Inocente raised $52,527, giving a huge number of random strangers the ability to say, “I funded an Academy Award winning film.”
While Inocente is the first Kickstarter-backed film to win, it isn’t the first to be nominated and certainly won’t be the last. Samantha Murphy, from Mashable, was backstage at the awards and got a chance to talk to the film’s co-director, Seth Fine.
“’[Kickstarter] really helped galvanize a community,’ Inocente co-director Seth Fine told Mashable backstage at the Oscars. ‘It helped fund a bunch of the film and kept us going through post-production. It’s a great outlet for films especially for documentaries.’
Hollywood is known for its high-budget films, but Inocente wasn’t the only Oscar-nominated film this year that was funded in part by the crowdfunding platform. Kings Point and Buzkashi Boys also received financial help from the crowdsourcing platform, long before they caught the eye of the Academy.
‘These are the fourth, fifth and sixth Kickstarter projects to be nominated for Oscars,’ Kickstarter said in a statement after nominations were announced. “Incident in New Baghdad, Sun Come Up, and The Barber of Birmingham were all nominated in the past.” (Mashable)
Read the rest of the Mashable post here.