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Kodak to offer free film stock to Kickstarter filmmakers

Kickstarter and Eastman Kodak Company announced a new initiative to support independent filmmakers who want to shoot, present and archive their projects on motion picture film. The program is open to artists launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to bring their vision to life utilizing 35mm or s16mm film.

Four directors have been announced as the premiere participants in the initiative and will launch Kickstarter campaigns this spring, including Derek Ahonen (The Transcendents), Antonio Ferrera (Nomad of Art), Daniel Levin (Bagatelle) and R. Paul Wilson (DarkFall).

Once program participants are selected, Kodak will provide either 35mm – or – s16mm film (negative, intermediate or print stock) of the filmmaker’s choice, free of charge, correlating to the amount of money raised by the Kickstarter campaign:

  • 20% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price 35mm (Not to exceed $20,000).
  • 15% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price s16mm (Not to exceed $15,000).

Additionally, Kodak will also provide discounted pricing to participating filmmakers on supplemental motion picture film purchases for the project. To further support the participants as part of the program, William Morris Endeavor’s Global Finance and Distribution Group will mentor the filmmakers on packaging, financing and sales strategy.

Kickstarter project creation is open to residents of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Filmmakers interested in participating in the Kickstarter-Kodak initiative and want more information should email: [email protected]

Kodak's newly launched super 8 film camera.

Kodak’s newly launched super 8 film camera.

Read the full press release at Kodak.