Well done, friend! You’ve made it to exactly the right place. Here you will find useful resources, tips and tools for creating a successful Kickstarter campaign for your film project. Things you should know before launching your project, things that are useful to know while it is live, and what it all means (i.e. best practices for fulfilling your rewards and communicating with your backers) once it’s over and done.
As you know, film comes in many genres, lengths, and formats and we’re here to support it all — and most importantly, we are here to support you. Onwards!
- As a first step, we recommend checking out our Creator Handbook.
- Unsure how to get started with your film project or how to build your campaign? Liz & Elise, our Film & Video Outreach team, answer some of your questions.
- Filmmaker and creator, Matthew Puccini, spoke with our colleagues at TCI on being honest about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
- Liz & Elise also offer advice on finding your audience, setting your funding goal, and tracking your progress.
- Additionally, these creators and filmmakers share their tips on setting a funding goal, knowing your audience, getting press for your project, and maintaining momentum.
- Want to make a short film but have a tiny budget? We asked some Kickstarter creators to share their tips.
- Thinking about running a documentary project? JL Aronson shares his top 5 tips.
- Christina Choe, filmmaker and creator, talks about what it takes to make a movie.
- You’ve launched and have some questions about managing your live campaign? There’s a good chance our Film team has answered them.
- Wondering how to build a community that will support your work? The co-creators of Eyeslicer share some of their thoughts.
- Take a moment to read this conversation between two veterans of NYC’s independent film scene, Alexandre Rockwell and Hal Hartley.
- Did you know that director Andrew Ahn of Spa Night, used Kickstarter to create his award-winning film? He also spoke with TCI about his experience of being a first-time feature director.
- Your project has successfully ended, now what? Our film team answers your questions about what to do when your campaign ends.
- And lastly, make sure to stay sane and healthy while making a film!
If you’re looking for some project inspiration, take a look at the Film & Video Explore page. We’ve also shared some of our favorites below:
- From Kickstarter project to Oscar winner, we love Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love. An animated short that centers around an African-American father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco was shown in movie theaters in 2019 and is inspired by a real life story of a third-generation San Franciscan called Jimmie Fails.
- The ‘people-powered production’, Knock Down The House, follows four extraordinary ordinary women running for Congress in 2018.
- The Shawl is an animated short celebrating queer love, starring real life lovers Shane & Dusty, and how their long-distance relationship blossomed through Stevie Nicks.
- Interested in the world of VR? The Ark uses virtual reality cameras to give viewers an experience closer to real life than traditional movies.
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Ready to take the plunge and start your Film & Video project? Go ahead and begin building it now - we're excited to see your creative idea come to life!