To celebrate their 2nd Birthday, Kickstarter posted numbers and charts on their blog demonstrating the success of their projects and campaigns. The above chart shows the number of dollars pledged to each category. Film is way out in front with nearly $20 million in pledges and Music takes second place with just over $13 million. 10 of the 13 categories have received over $1 million each in pledges.
The fact that Film is leading the categories on Kickstarter is promising for the future of independent film funding. In January, the Sundance Film Institute announced a partnership with Kickstarter that will offer its community of indie filmmakers guidance and support in funding and promoting their work by highlighting selected film projects on the crowd-funding site.
The Sundance Institute is "a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and developing original stories for the screen and stage. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute provides independent artists with the opportunity to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. Through the annual Sundance Film Festival and other public programming, the Institute takes those stories to global audiences." Plays, documentaries, feature films, shorts and other works from current and former Sundance Fellows are now utilizing Kickstarter to bring their visions to life. You can see all of the Sundance-supported artists on their own curated page.
[Adapted from an article written for PSFK. Original article posted here]