Kickstarter-Funded Film 'Inocente' Wins an Oscar
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
The documentary "Inocente" won an Oscar Sunday evening for best documentary short, making it the first film funded by Kickstarter to take home the prestigious award.
"Inocente," a film about a 15-year-old homeless girl, was made using money raised by 294 backers in June and July of last year. The filmmakers raised $52,527 on the popular crowd-funding platform, which connects projects with supporters—often strangers, and usually for modest dollar amounts.
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Other films that were funded by Kickstarter and nominated for an Oscar this year included "Kings Point," which was also nominated for best short and "Buzkashi," nominated for best live-action short.
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Past nominated films funded by the crowd-sourcing platform include "Incident in New Baghdad," "Sun Come Up" and "The Barber of Birmingham," Kickstarter said in a company blog post.
In another Oscar first, the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" was the first Oscar-winning film, partially shot using an Apple iPhone app.
After running out of money to shoot, film director Malik Bendjelloul used the $1.99 app called 8mm Vintage to shoot remaining scenes to finish the project, Bendjelloul said in an interview on KCRW.
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(Hat Tip: Mashable )