How Kickstarter Creators Are Coping with the Coronavirus

Peak Design's Travel Tripods at the factory
Peak Design's Travel Tripods at the factory


Creators making everything from electronic devices to tarot cards are putting health and safety first as they update backers on how the outbreak is affecting their projects.


Kickstarter brings together creators and backers from all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica). So when there’s a global disruption on the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, we can see the ripple effects pretty quickly.

To better understand how this outbreak is affecting creators and their projects, we’ve been keeping an eye on project updates that mention the virus, and we’ve pulled together a few takeaways. This situation is evolving, and we’ll continue to update this post with any significant new information.

First, a bit of perspective from Peak Design, who wrote on February 13 that a travel and shipping ban in China was temporarily preventing around 900 of its Travel Tripods from reaching backers in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The company wrote:

“But what is far more important are the hundreds of millions of people affected by this crisis. Over a thousand people have died. Many more are suffering from illness. And many, many more continue to have their lives and livelihoods upended—by losing loved ones, being separated from their families, being unable to return home to their jobs, being unable to open their stores and factories for business, or simply from the dread and uncertainty brought forth by the outbreak of disease.”

Like our friends at Peak Design, our hearts go out to those in communities directly affected by the coronavirus. To creators in these areas, we understand that your safety and the safety of your families needs to be your priority right now. 

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Kickstarter y el Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato presentan 12 proyectos cinematográficos dirigidos por estudiantes universitarios en México

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Por cuarto año consecutivo, Kickstarter se asocia con el Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato para apoyar a los cineastas mexicanos emergentes a través de talleres, capacitación y campañas de Kickstarter.

Desde 2017, Kickstarter se ha asociado con el Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato (GIFF) para apoyar a equipos de cineastas emergentes en universidades de todo México. Los 12 proyectos cinematográficos de este año, seleccionados por GIFF, tienen actualmente sus proyectos en campaña en Kickstarter para completar cortometrajes narrativos y documentales que se estrenarán en el festival en julio.

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Kickstarter and Guanajuato International Film Festival to Feature 12 Student-Led Film Projects in Mexico

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For the fourth year in a row, Kickstarter is teaming up with Guanajuato International Film Festival to support emerging Mexican filmmakers through workshops, training, and Kickstarter campaigns.

Since 2017, Kickstarter has partnered with the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) to support teams of emerging filmmakers at universities across Mexico. This year’s 12 film projects, selected by GIFF, are all currently running projects on Kickstarter to complete short narrative and documentary films that will premiere at the festival in July.

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Mexican Game Designer Héctor Pérez Funded Four Games on Kickstarter—Here Are His Tips for International Campaigns

He’ll be speaking at tabletop games convention Mega XP with Kickstarter February 29 and March 1—this is the sneak peek of insights he’ll share there.

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Héctor Pérez and his Enigmacards
Héctor Pérez and his Enigmacards

Héctor Pérez is one of the first 30 Mexico-based creators to fund a project since Kickstarter opened here in late 2016. He’s led two campaigns for his artful Enigmacards playing card decks, four more with Sextante Studio, and he has collaborated and advised on several more. Ahead of his educational workshop with Kickstarter at tabletop games convention Mega XP, we asked him a few questions about running international campaigns, so we can share his insights beyond the convention.

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El diseñador de juegos mexicano, Héctor Pérez, financió cuatro proyectos en Kickstarter. Estos son sus consejos para llevar a cabo campañas internacionales

Hablará con Kickstarter en la convención de juegos de mesa Mega XP el 29 de febrero y el 1 de marzo. Este es el adelanto de los conocimientos que compartirá allí.

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Héctor Pérez
Héctor Pérez

Héctor Pérez es uno de los primeros 30 creadores mexicanos en financiar un proyecto desde que Kickstarter está disponible aquí a finales de 2016. Ha dirigido dos campañas para sus artísticas barajas de cartas Enigmacards, cuatro más con Sextante Studio, y ha colaborado y asesorado en varias más. 

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Kickstarter Statement on Union Vote

A statement from Aziz Hasan, Kickstarter’s CEO, on the outcome of the staff vote on unionization:


Today we learned that in a 46 to 37 vote, our staff has decided to unionize. We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here. We’ve worked hard over the last decade to build a different kind of company, one that measures its success by how well it achieves its mission: helping to bring creative projects to life. Our mission has been common ground for everyone here during this process, and it will continue to guide us as we enter this new phase together. 

Kickstarterで資金調達に成功した短編映画『Hair Love』が、アカデミー賞短編アニメ賞を授賞

Matthew Cherry
Matthew Cherry

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Kickstarter で資金調達に成功した短編映画『Hair Love』が、先日開催されたアカデミー賞にて短編アニメーション賞に輝きました。Kickstarter 出身の映画がアカデミー賞を授賞したのは『Hair Love』で3作目となります。さらにこの2020年は、Kickstarter でファンディングを行ったプロジェクトが10年連続してアカデミー賞にノミネートされた記念の年となりました。

『Hair Love』は映画監督であり元NFLのワイド・レシーバーでもある Matthew A. Cherry 氏によって制作され、 2017 年の夏に Kickstarter キャンペーンとして始動しました。Cherry 氏はそれ以前にも Kickstarter を使って『9 Rides』(2016) や『The Last Fall』(2012) という長編映画のファンディングを行った経験があります。

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