Kickstarter-Funded Film 'Inocente' Wins an Oscar

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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 )