The scale of the websites, however, often make it hard to find exactly what you're looking for. With so many great ideas floating around the place, from creatives all across the world, one can get lost trying to find that perfect project to support.
But, because I'm such a nice person, I've done a bit of the legwork for you, traipsing through pages of Kickstarters to find 6 movies you should consider backing — movies and short films that look so promising that I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is and back them too!
(Note: Kickstarter only charges your card if the full pledge amount is met, so don't be afraid to take a chance.)
1. Strigoi — The Real Vampires Of Transylvania
OK, so this one has been fully funded already, but, honestly, I don't think a few more bucks thrown Ingrid's way would hurt. Ingrid, who grew up in Transylvania, will set out in search of the real vampires that live in the region, pulling together the terrifying stories that haunted her childhood and the myths and legends that go back throughout the centuries to create what looks to be a really quite fascinating documentary.
Pledge rewards include personalized postcards from the Romanian shoot, copies of the movie, and private screenings.
2. Hating Peter Hatchell
There's only a few days left to support this documentary, narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, about human rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Charting 50 years of activism and the toll it has taken on Hatchett both physically and mentally, filmmaker Christopher Amos has put together a documentary that has already garnered interest from film festivals around the world.
Money raised through Kickstarter will go towards sourcing music and archival footage for the film. Pledge rewards include limited edition supporter bags, signed DVDs, and even dinner with Tatchell himself.
3. The Valley Of The Cross
A queer love story set in Palestine at the turn of the 20th century? I'm in! Featuring main characters inspired by actual women from history, the film follows a fictional love triangle between three women in 1910 Palestine. Boasting a cast and crew that's every bit as diverse as the storyline promises to be, this is one low budget movie I think you definitely need to get behind. We live in a world where the big name movies are dominated by a very select group of people — let's help give voice to the underrepresented too.
Pledge rewards include t-shirts, tote bags, and film credits.
4. White Horse 28
I'm backing this as part of an early Christmas present for my boyfriend. That's how good I think this is.
Bill Green enlisted in the Army Air Corps at just 18 and learned to fly a plane before he could drive a car. Flying over a dozen reconnaissance missions in the 1940s, he returned to America to become a journalist. 60 years later, his children organized a trip to Washington DC, so that their father could be reunited with his Lockheed P-38 airplane. This documentary, filmed by son Erick Yates Green, follows his father on this journey, and also offers a wider look at the world at war.
Money will go towards sourcing archival footage to help finish off the final piece. Pledge rewards include tickets to the premiere, t-shirts, and model airplanes.
5. Lemon Eyes
Money raised through this Kickstarter will help Lemon Eyes reach as many American and worldwide film festivals as possible.
Set in 1920s Detroit, and filmed in a beautiful 1890s home, the film explores the relationship between the battle for women's rights and the reality of what they were experiencing. With a particular focus on medical science, the film is already made and ready to be submitted to festivals, but the cast and crew need your help.
Pledge rewards include CD soundtracks, poster prints, and period-specific wardrobe items used in the film.
6. Linnea Quigley's EXTRAS
Scream Queen Linnea Quigley is teaming up with B-movie veteran Jason Paul Collum to produce a documentary about the thousands of film fans who will go to any lengths to get their faces on screen — even if only for the briefest of moments.
Linnea starred in over 120 cult horror and comedy movies in the 1980s, putting her in the perfect position to meet the people who want just a taste of her experiences in front of the camera.
Pledge rewards include producer credits, DVDs, and even the chance to tell you own story in the movie!
Any crowdfunding recommendations of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
Header image from White Horse 28 by Erick Yates Green.