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Filmmaker Toolkit: Crowdfunding

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    The Crowdfunding Backlash: What Do You Owe Your Backers?

    Backers who supported Oculus Rift on Kickstarter are now angered that the company has sold to Facebook. What do crowdfunding projects owe their backers?

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    Alexandre Rockwell's New Film Has a Distributor... If It Can Kickstart Enough Money.

    Usually when filmmakers turn to crowdfunding, they're looking for backing to make a film, but in the case of veteran indie director Alexandre Rockwell ("In The Soup"), he turned to Kickstarter after his latest film "Little Feet" premiered at The Toronto Film Festival and was picked up for distributi...

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    Despite Box Office Success, 'Veronica Mars' Experiences Digital Snafus

    It was good news and bad news for "Veronica Mars" this weekend. Fans turned out in droves to support the Kickstarter-funded film, driving the box office to a healthy $2 million from 291 theaters (265 in the U.S.). But technical issues with the film's "free" download for Kickstarter backers caused pr...

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    I Invented Crowdfunding. Here's How It's Changed Since Then - and Where It's Headed.

    Mark Tapio Kines is the first person to employ online crowdfunding to finance a film; in 1998, he raised $150,000 in finishing funds for his debut feature "Foreign Correspondents." He writes about how crowdfunding has changed since then and his latest campaign.

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    Will You Donate to See Katherine Heigl Marry a Woman in New Indie From 'Beaches' Writer?

    You can now add Katherine Heigl to the list of celebrities turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their projects, but first note that this situation is a bit different than Zach Braff and Spike Lee going on Kickstarter to finance their projects.

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    Is Kickstarter the Future of DIY Distribution?

    Evince Productions and Create Entertainment announced the launch of a 45-day exclusive Kickstarter limited release of the independent feature film, "The Projectionist," the first time a film has been distributed via Kickstarter.

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    Filmmakers Will Connect with Investors via New Online Film Financing Company Passion First Funding Portal

    Passion First Funding Portal, a new online film financing company, was announced recently at The Sundance Film Festival. Here's how it will work.

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    How An Indie Director Teamed With Comic Book Legend Larry Hama to Kickstart a Sci-Fi Film

    Boy reads comic book. Boy falls in love with comic book. Boy grows up dreaming of comic book and makes fan film about it. Comic book creator sees the film and reaches out to that boy and says, "That was really cool. Let's make a movie together." Here's the story of how it happened.

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    How Did the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Crowdfund (If At All?)

    Here's which platforms this year's Sundance Film Festival filmmakers used to crowdfund (if any).

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    Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Sold Big at Sundance, But What Do His Backers Get?

    "Wish I Was Here" sold big at The Sundance Film Festival. How do his Kickstarter backers feel about the film's success?

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