One Million People Have Supported Documentary Film on Kickstarter

Thousands of documentary filmmakers have turned to Kickstarter over the last seven years to galvanize communities, engage audiences, and make beautiful films. More than one million people from around the world have now supported their work. Today we’re shining a spotlight on some of the amazing things that couldn’t have happened without the help of this impassioned community:

  • One million people have collectively backed more than 12,000 documentary film projects — and more than 5,000 of those projects have been successfully funded.
  • Documentaries are now backed more than 600 times every day. In Kickstarter’s first year, they were backed just 18 times a day.
  • To date, $120 million has been pledged to documentary film on Kickstarter.
  • Of the one million people who have supported documentary film on Kickstarter, more than 460,000 of them have backed projects in other creative categories as well.
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Make a Good Impression on the Press

Having a few voices and outlets beyond your immediate circle sharing your work can be very helpful in getting the word out. It introduces new people to what you’re working on and readers can very likely become fans or backers. But how do you get bloggers or journalists to cover your project? Getting press to cover your project can be tough, but even if a few outlets with followers interested in your project’s themes cover your story, that’s a win! Here’s how you can find the outlets that make the most sense for your project and create an actionable pitch to get them excited about what you’re making.

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The Brooklyn Comedy Festival and Kickstarter Present SHORTS

Hidden behind the world of laugh tracks and blockbuster mediocrities there hums and buzzes a class of new voices and surreal experiments in comedic cinema. Finally they’ll be seen: The Brooklyn Comedy Festival and Kickstarter are teaming up to curate and present SHORTS, our first-ever comedy short film festival in Brooklyn this summer. SHORTS will take place August 27–28 at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale on July 19th, via the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and Nitehawk Cinema.

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Class is in session with our Community Education team

One of the best parts of working at Kickstarter is getting to talk to people about their ideas. It's so inspiring to learn from passionate, creative people — it's the kind of thing that never gets old. Making tools and resources that help creators transform their great ideas into finished pieces that they can share with anyone, for us, is the icing on the cake.

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Supporting a More Creative and Equitable World

When we reincorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation in September of 2015 we spelled out a number of commitments in our PBC Charter. Among them was a pledge to donate 5% of our after-tax profit towards arts and music education, and to organizations fighting to end systemic inequality.

We’ll deliver our first annual benefit statement outlining how we’re approaching each of those commitments beginning in 2017. But we wanted to start supporting awesome organizations working to build a more creative and equitable world right away.

We recently made donations to four outstanding organizations with very different but complementary approaches to realizing that mission. We think they're all doing incredible work, and want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on them.

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Project Update: Happy Birthday, Kickstarter!

Today Kickstarter turns seven. We’ll be celebrating tonight in Brooklyn with our friends, families, backers, and creators.

On past birthdays we’ve posted a Project Update on the company itself. Today we’re continuing the tradition by sharing what’s happened at Kickstarter this past year.

The Team 
We’re 137 people. Most of us work in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our office is a former pencil factory where the legendary Blackwing pencil — endorsed by Vladimir Nabokov and Duke Ellington — was made.

The team at work here in our Greenpoint offices.
The team at work here in our Greenpoint offices.

The Kickstarter team includes some of the site’s biggest backers. Three employees are in the site’s top 20 backers: Tieg (#3 overall, 3,274 projects backed), James (#17, 1,789 backed), and myself (#20, 1,634 backed). Collectively we’ve made nearly 30,000 pledges to 12,900 projects. We like what we do.

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Kickstarter Transparency Report 2015

Kickstarter is a space for creative people to present and find support for new and imaginative ideas. Like many sites entrusted with hosting others’ content and personal information, we field intellectual property claims and government requests for user information. We’ve developed clear protocols for assessing and addressing each type of claim or request so they’re handled consistently and fairly. And by publishing an annual transparency report, we aim to shed light on process too often hidden from public view.

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Kickstarter + Kodak Launch New Film Partnership


Hollywood heavy hitters from the Coen Brothers to Patty Jenkins to Martin Scorsese all swear by the value of shooting their movies on real-deal film, and we’re right there with them. Today we’re excited to announce that Kickstarter has partnered with Eastman Kodak on a new initiative to help creators who want to shoot their projects on motion picture film stock. As digital methods of filmmaking become more and more prominent, there’s still an energetic group of filmmakers who feel the best way to present their work is by shooting in film, which allows them to achieve more layered texture and colors. However, film can be cost-prohibitive for many independent filmmakers. This new partnership will provide creators with discounted film stock and support them in launching impactful Kickstarter campaigns for their new film projects.

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