by Ricardo Bilton.
So far, Kickstarter has been successful for one main reason: It lets people participate in the creation of the things they want to see get made. And lots of these things, it seems, have been films.
Kickstarter users have to date contributed over $100 million to film-related projects, Kickstarter announced today. More than 800,000 people have funded a total of 8,567 film projects, including shorts, webseries, and animated features.
The bulk of that support has gone to documentary projects, which have raised $42.6 million since 2009. Many of these Kickstarted films have even gone on to net theatrical releases, Oscar nominations, and a variety of other high-profile awards.