"Inocente," the story of a 15-year-old homeless San Diego girl who pursues her art despite her bleak surroundings, is the first Kickstarter-backed film to win an Academy Award.
The makers of the documentary short film raised $52,527 from 294 backers last summer -- one of three Kickstarter-funded Oscar nominees this year.
"We were really excited that Inocente ... a young homeless girl, can stand on the stage in front of a billion people and show the world that homeless kids have a voice," said Sean Fine, who directed the film with his wife, Andrea Nix Fine, in a backstage interview. "And so that's an amazing, amazing thing."
The directors talked about the growing importance of crowdfunding -- online networks of individuals who pool their money to back a project -- in helping fund movie projects. The documentary, which follows the story of a young, undocumented immigrant who pursues her dream of becoming an artist, even though she has been homeless for the last nine years.