1 in 4 features at SXSW Film Festival were crowdfunded

Crowds in the street near 6th Street and Red River at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Credit: Davidlohr Bueso

Roughly one in four films shown at SXSW Film Festival this year were funded by Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Near 140 films were shown March 11-19 in weird Austin, 20 from Kickstarter, 14 from Indiegogo.

Kickstarter has stayed consistent this year with its number of crowdsourced films.

For the festival’s 30th year, Kickstarter upped its diversity and came in with 20 crowdfunded films, with 12 being marked as world premieres.

Last year, 30 percent of films shown in the festival were funded by Kickstarter.

More than 50 of the films were by first-time filmmakers. There were films about a young woman’s cerebral hemorrhage and the story of a deserted warehouse that changed the music industry forever.

About 90 of the films shown were world premieres.

Perhaps the most anticipated premiere is 9 Rides, a film shot entirely on an iPhone 6s, making it the first feature film to do so. It follows the night of an Uber driver which gets crazier and crazier by the customer.

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Whitney Helm is a freelance journalist based in Wisconsin. She formerly held positions at weekly and daily newspapers, Platte County Record-Times and Beloit Daily News, but now works in public relations at a local college.


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