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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A One-on-One with our Dance Outreach Lead, Jes Nelson

This Sunday (yes, Valentine's Day), our Dance Outreach Lead, Jes Nelson, has opened up her schedule to hold one-on-one consultations with dancers to talk about their project ideas. She's hosting these in collaboration with the 44th Dance on Camera Festival, New York's most widely attended dance films event, celebrating dancers, filmmakers, and the thought provoking films that bring them together. 

If you're in New York this weekend and would like to chat about your dance project, sign up for a one-on-one. She'll be hosting them on Sunday, February 14, starting at 1PM. If you can't make it, you're still in luck. We had our own one-on-one with Jes, and she gave us some pointers on how to get started.

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Announcing the Kickstarter + Berlinale Talents Network Partnership

Kickstarter is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival (known as the Berlinale) taking place February 13-18, 2016. 

The partnership’s primary goal will be to nurture and engage creative talent. Since 2003, Berlinale Talents has been the festival’s creative academy, summit, and networking platform for up-and-coming film professionals from around the globe. The summit runs for six days during the Berlinale and offers a wide variety of program elements such as master classes, panel discussions, workshops, and various hands-on training and script development programs for three hundred invited film professionals from twelve fields of work, as well as the cinema-loving audiences of Berlin. This new partnership is part of Kickstarter’s ongoing initiative to provide education and mentorship opportunities for emerging talent in the film community.

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And the Grammy Nominees Are . . .

When Mary Lambert came to Kickstarter to make her very first EP in 2010, she offered a reward tier that would allow a backer to be her date to the Grammys. At the time, none of her 37 backers took her up on the offer — it required a pledge at the $1,000 level, which was half of her total goal. But in 2014, not only was Mary nominated for a Grammy, she even took the stage at the ceremony to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Kickstarter creators themselves!).

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The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers

Last night at 11:29pm EST, an inspired and visually striking photography project called “Falklands/Malvinas: One War, all Wars” became the 100,000th project to be successfully funded with Kickstarter. Using a system that didn’t exist just seven years ago, photographer Adriana Groisman and 282 of her supporters pushed another creative idea one step closer to reality.

In the 6 years, 9 months, and 10 days since Kickstarter launched, much has changed and much has remained the same. It still takes tremendous courage to step out on a limb, and try to create something entirely new. But from where we stand, the state of creativity is more encouraging than ever. To celebrate this milestone we took a look at 100 numbers behind those first 100,000 successfully funded projects. It's a list that reflects some of the best and brightest qualities of the Kickstarter community, and the creative spirit that animates it.

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