How do you get strangers to give you money for your film on Kickstarter? We’ve rounded up the top 25 successful Kickstarter pitches totaling over 2.2 million crowd funded dollars to get an idea of what works.
Although these success cases are intriguing – be sure to read up on the rules and be aware of the legal issues with crowd funding (including this article: SEC Stops Social Media Fundraising Site). As always with legal matters, it may be in your best interest to consult a lawyer before starting.
A feature film based on Donald Miller’s New York Times bestselling memoir, directed by Steve Taylor and starring Marshall Allman.
276% funded: $345,992
A feature-length documentary on the first year of Mojang, the studio built upon the runaway success of indie computer game Minecraft.
140% funded: $210,297
A uniquely stylized CG animated film based on the short story “The Price” by award-winning author Neil Gaiman.
107% funded: $161,774
Be the CATALYST. Spread MY REINCARNATION, an epic documentary about spirituality, family and destiny…
300% funded: $150,456
Help finish the new design documentary from the director of “Helvetica” and “Objectified”.
139% funded: $118,505
A woman meets her mentally ill father who abandoned her as a child. He is convinced that she is his wife and tries to win her back.
111% funded: $111,966
525% funded: $105,042
This film unravels the discovery of 100,000 negatives from a mysterious photographer that shocked the world of photography.
Mosquita y Mari is a feature length film that captures the intricacies of youth, love and survival.
103% funded: $82,468
Me and my camera are going on a road trip around the country to meet 50 random facebook friends.
155% funded: $77,547
Support the creation of the Scott and Kris Show!
135% funded: $67,866
A science fiction action-drama set in a dark, gritty cyberpunk future. Featuring Emancipator as the original soundtrack composer.
130% funded: $66,254
Where do you find the strength to live when there’s no cure? Larry is not giving up. If you love life, you’ll fight for it.
125% funded: $62,695
This documentary takes an intimate look at Matthew Shepard and his tragic death from the point of view of those who cared about
120% funded: $60,414
This film reveals the story of the modern revolution, the power of people to change their world and the man behind it all, Gene Sharp.
191% funded: $57,342
The Return is the story of a dramatic and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica.
143% funded: $57,341
The story follows Vasquez, a female officer returning home to her husband and daughter from the front lines of Afghanistan…with
175% funded: $57,160
In The Way with Alan Watts is a film about the man who brought Eastern thought to the West.
114% funded: $57,028
A humorous feature documentary that provokes serious thought on the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products.
218% funded: $54,743
“A Perfect Ending” follows one woman’s very unique path to self-discovery. Raw, evocative and often times humorous, but always
107% funded: $53,585
Jack’s an Englishman in New York in love & ready to marry. Trouble is, he’s gay and has to marry a woman to stay in the country.
106% funded: $53,305
Ass Backwards is the story of best friends Kate and Chloe, two loveable losers who discover that ignorance really is bliss.
106% funded: $53,010
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length documentary about China’s (in)famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.
260% funded: $52,175
A documentary feature film based on Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus’ work from microcrediit to social business.
102% funded: $51,454
Will Anakata, Tiamo and Brokep stay online?
205% funded: $51,424
A couple from New York travel to Chiapas and have an encounter with a shape-shifting witch that changes their lives forever.
101% funded: $50,866