Top 25 Most Successful Kickstarter Film Pitches

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.

Let’s begin:

Save Blue Like Jazz (the movie)

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

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

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

Neil Gaiman’s the Price

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

Urbanized: A Documentary Film

Help finish the new design documentary from the director of “Helvetica” and “Objectified”.
139% funded: $118,505

I Am I – Feature Film

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

“Finding Vivian Maier” – a feature length documentary film

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 – A new voice in independent filmmaking

Mosquita y Mari is a feature length film that captures the intricacies of youth, love and survival.
103% funded: $82,468

FACE 2 FACE a documentary film

Me and my camera are going on a road trip around the country to meet 50 random facebook friends.
155% funded: $77,547

Kris and Scott’s Scott and Kris Show

Support the creation of the Scott and Kris Show!
135% funded: $67,866

The Last Cause – feature film

A science fiction action-drama set in a dark, gritty cyberpunk future. Featuring Emancipator as the original soundtrack composer.
130% funded: $66,254

Ride with Larry – A Parkinson’s Documentary Film

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

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

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

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION a new documentary film

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

Costa Rican feature film: The Return

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

In The Way with Alan Watts is a film about the man who brought Eastern thought to the West.
114% funded: $57,028

‘Got the facts on Milk?’ The Milk Documentary

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”, the new feature film from Nicole Conn.

“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

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length documentary about China’s (in)famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.
260% funded: $52,175

SHARE Muhammad Yunus’ Vision – BonsaiMovie

A documentary feature film based on Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus’ work from microcrediit to social business.
102% funded: $51,454

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard

Will Anakata, Tiamo and Brokep stay online?
205% funded: $51,424

The Blue Eyes, a supernatural thriller set in Chiapas, Mex

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

Zacuto – the Great Camera Shootout 2011 – Episode 1

Last year Zacuto sponsored an Emmy-winning extensive HDSLR camera shootout, delivering side by side comparisons with extraordinary scientific attention to detail.

Zacuto returns this year with a brand new shootout, this time comparing the 12 “cinema-level” cameras including the 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D7000. In a huge production involving over 7

Robert Primes, ASC, designed and administered the full series of tests. “That’s right,” says Web Series Director Steve Weiss, “We didn’t want people to think that these tests were biased in any way. So Bob created the SCCE as an independent organization to conduct the testing.” Additionally, Bob Primes designed the tests with his own technicians and selected the cameras to be tested. “Our documentary is about the process that Bob took to design and conduct his tests,” says Producer Jens Bogehegen. “I don’t think people understand the scope of this project which is the largest I’ve done in 29 years of production,” says Weiss. “It was a 4 day shoot divided into two phases with 1 prep day for each shoot. Phase one had 128 crew members including specialists, 141 crew and specialists in phase two of shooting and a total of 772 people who were involved in one way or another including shooting, screenings & post process.”

Click here to go to the full 30 minute video on Zacuto… and yes, you will want to watch the whole thing.

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