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Kickstarter sets UK launch date

UK-based filmmakers will be able to launch campaigns on popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter as of October 31.
October 11, 2012

UK-based filmmakers will be able to launch campaigns on popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter as of October 31.

Kickstarter previously required a U.S. back account to run a crowdfunding campaign, making it difficult for non-American documentary directors to raise funds for their projects. However, the web firm announced in July that it would soon open its doors for UK-based projects.

In a blog post, the company said that UK residents can start building their projects now, to launch at the end of October.

“The mechanics of Kickstarter – all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc – are identical for U.S. and UK projects,” the company said. “When pledging, however, backers of UK projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor.

“Like the U.S., Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in the UK.”

The company added that payment processing fees for UK projects are similar to those for U.S. projects, with pledges entered at less than £10 (US$16) charged 5% + £0.05, and pledges of £10 or greater charged at 3% + £0.20.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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