Kickstarter-Funded Films at the Oscars: 9 Years, 15 Nominations and 2 Wins

Here is a list of all 15 Academy Award-nominated films that got monetary boosts from the crowdfunding platform

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Amid the high-budget films nominated for Oscars this year was a Kickstarter-backed documentary with humble financial beginnings. The creators of Period. End of Sentence. first turned to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in 2016 to raise $45,000 to make the project, and the contributions from the 358 backers paid off big time: Period won Best Documentary Short at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Surprisingly, Period. End of Sentence. wasn’t even the first Kickstarter-funded film to snag an Oscar nod. Since 2011, 15 Oscar-nominated films have been funded through Kickstarter. 

The first Kickstarter-funded to win an Oscar was 2012’s Inocente, which took home the coveted Best Documentary Short statuette. That project raised more than $52,000 from 294 backers. “[Kickstarter is] a great outlet for films, especially for documentaries,” Inocente co-director Sean Fine told journalists backstage after winning in 2013.

Over the past decade, filmmakers have raked in more than $428M in Kickstarter pledges for over 70,230 independent films, features, documentaries, shorts, and web series. More than 26,000 of those projects reached their required goal and were deemed “successfully funded.”

All the Kickstarter-funded films nominated for Oscars

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