Indie filmsAmateur filmmakers and fans alike are proclaiming that Kickstarter is the way forward in movie financing. The success and new-found infamy of the project is largely due to the funding of a movie version of the cult TV show Veronica Mars, which has to date raised $5,702,153 and a staggering 285% of its original goal. Suddenly Hollywood stars have jumped on the Kickstarter bandwagon with Scrubs star Zach Braff becoming the first high profile celebrity to utilise Kickstarter to fund his directorial follow up to Garden State, called Wish I Was Here. The point of the project however is to fund amateur and independent projects. Here’s five films that this bold organisation brought to life.

I Am I

The forthcoming film by actor, writer and director Jocelyn Towne: in which she plays a woman who meets her father years after he abandoned her. The twist is that, suffering from dementia, the father mistakes Towne for his estranged wife and sets out to win her back. This bittersweet comedy also stars The Event’s Josh Ritter and perhaps its main draw: The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg. I AM I is the 6th highest film funded on Kickstarter raising $111,965, 902 and will hit cinemas in the fall.

My Reincarnation

My Reincarnation is the latest documentary from Grand Jury Prize winner, director and producer, Jennifer Fox. It follows the amazing story of an exiled high Tibetan master, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, and his son who is believed to be the reincarnation of the master’s uncle. Filmed over an astonishing 20 year period, from 1988 to 1999, and in over 17 countries across the world, My Reincarnation is Fox’s most ambitious work to date.

Neil Gaiman’s The Price

A CGI animated tale from director Christopher Salmon, The Price is the latest story by talented fantasy author Neil Gaiman to be given the cinematic treatment. Like other adaptations based on Gaiman’s work, such as Coraline and the Mathew Vaughn directed Stardust, The Price, which is narrated in voice-over from Gaiman himself, has the same fairy-tale quality and sharp wit bordering on gallows humour that fans have come to expect. The project was launched on December 2010 and raised $161,774 to became yet another successful campaign on Kickstarter.

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

Originally intended as a short, creators 2 Plater Productions decided that what they were documenting would capture the imagination of the public and showcase one of the greatest success stories in the gaming world. Raising a total of $210,297 from Kickstarter, the film follows Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson as he sets up his own development house, entitled Mojang Productions. The film also showcases the popularity of the game all over the world and tries to figure out why so many people spend thousands of hours playing the game by talking to journalist’s fans and industry specialists.

Blue Like Jazz

Directed by Steve Taylor and adapted from author Donald Miller’s bestselling memoir, Blue Like Jazz is Kickstarter’s most financially successful film to date: recouping $595,379 since its release in 2012. Staring Marshall Allman and Clare Holt the film follows the character of Donald Miller as he wrestles with emotional and philosophical headaches. The success of Blue Like Jazz ,and indeed the other films on this list, is that Kickstarter, rather than being a way for Hollywood stars to make a quick buck, is an organisation that is dedicated to nurturing up and coming talent.