Kickstarter will takeover the Roxy Theater for one day next month for its 5th annual film festival that’s taking place simultaneously across the U.S. and Canada in 31 other theaters. This will be the first time the Kickstarter Film Festival comes to Philadelphia, with a lineup that includes a couple big-name-film-festival faves, an animated flick, and a documentary—all of which were funded through the popular crowdsourcing site.
“The film festival supports Kickstarter’s commitment to the arts and gives up-and-coming filmmakers an opportunity for their work to be seen by a much larger audience which they may not have had access to otherwise,” says Kickstarter rep Augusta Mellon.
The festival is free (you just have to RSVP) and will take place over two series of screenings, at 7 pm and 9:20 pm.
The 7 pm screening will see feature film What We Do in the Shadows, which concerns “three vampires who navigate the complexities of life.” It was dreamed up by the creators of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and received the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be accompanied by Frances Bodomo‘s short film Afronauts, an inspired-by-true-events tale that follows a ragtag team of Zambians who race to beat America to the moon.
The 9:20 crowd will see three screenings: Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper‘s T-Rex, a SXSW Film Festival favorite about the first women to box in the Olympic Games; New Jersey-born director PES‘s quirky stop-motion short Submarine Sandwich is the sequel to his Oscar-nominated short Fresh Guacamole; and Don Hertzfeldt‘s World of Tomorrow won the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Best Animated Short. It concerns a girl named Emily who gets a visit from her future cloned self.
Again, the screenings are free; you just have to RSVP online. You can do that here.