Your Guide to Kickstarter at SXSW

South by Southwest takes over Austin, Texas March 11–20, and we’ll be there with bells on. Here’s a quick guide to what the Kickstarter community — and a few of our teams — will be up to as we join the descent upon Bat City to celebrate music, film, and feats of creative innovation. Hope to see you there!

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Promises Matter

Today Kickstarter filed an amicus brief with 16 other companies to support Apple in its fight to protect the privacy and security of hundreds of millions of people.

If you haven't been following the case, here's some background: A federal district court recently ordered Apple to develop software that would empower the FBI to bypass security protections on the iPhone. Apple contends that providing this legal and technical workaround would have broad and dangerous privacy and security implications for the public. You can read more about the case here.

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Welcome to Campus!

When you’re working on a new project, there’s nothing more encouraging than having a solid crew of supporters in your corner. About a year ago, we launched Campus for just that –– it’s a space where creators can connect with one another, ask for advice about hurdles they’re facing, and trade insights into the creative process.

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Kickstarter Projects Recommended Just for You

There are 5,841 creative projects to discover, be inspired by, and support on Kickstarter right now. A couple hundred more from around the world will launch before the day is over. They spring from the minds of emerging and established creators of all stripes, and span the creative spectrum. There’s something for everyone. But how can you find the ones that speak directly to you?

Today we're announcing something helps with just that: Recommendations.

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The Kickstarter Film Team's Top Five Animated Films

We're thrilled to share that two acclaimed, animated Film projects from Kickstarter creators have been recognized by The Academy this year. Congratulations to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (Anomalisa, nominated for Best Animated Feature) and Don Hertzfeldt (World of Tomorrow, nominated for Best Animated Short) whose groundbreaking films are in the running to win the little gold man. We’ll be crossing our fingers Sunday night as we cheer on these talented Oscar nominees.

To celebrate these nominations, Liz Cook, George Schmalz, and Dan Schoenbrun from our Film team have put together a list of animated works that have influenced them and had lasting personal resonance.

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The Envelope, Please: Celebrating the Kickstarter Creators Nominated for Oscars

Here at Kickstarter HQ, we're eagerly counting down to Sunday, when we'll be celebrating the film industry's biggest night: the Academy Awards. Since 2011, at least one Kickstarter-funded film has been nominated for an Oscar each year — including one win in 2013 for Inocente, which took home a statue for Best Documentary Short. 

This year, we're rooting for the incredible works of three Kickstarter creators who have made the coveted cut. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa, which was funded on Kickstarter with the help of 5,770 backers, is nominated for Best Animated Feature, while Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, now available on Blu-ray thanks to 4,478 passionate fans, is nominated for Best Animated Short. We're also singing the praises of "Manta Ray" by J. Ralph and Anonhi (formerly known as Antony Hegarty), which is nominated for Best Original Song. "Manta Ray" appeared in the film Racing Extinction — which was titled The Heist when 1,086 backers helped bring it to life.

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Introducing the Community Tab

It takes just one person to launch a Kickstarter project, but that’s only the beginning.

Behind every successful campaign is a community of people who want to help the creator’s idea come to life. More than 10 million people from 231 countries and territories have supported creative projects on Kickstarter. That spirit of community and global demonstration of generosity is something we wanted to celebrate. So we created the Community Tab: a new way to put the people who make projects possible front and center.

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