GTFO documentary reaches Kickstarter goals

Production continues of film about female gamers

Film-maker Shannon Sun-Higginson has surpassed the $20,000 goal for her Kickstarter campaign to fund a film focusing on the abuse and harassment of female gamers and developers, raising $33,706 from 1,404 backers.

"Wow - thanks to all 1404 backers, we far exceeded the goal with a total of $33,706! I want to thank everyone who took the time to pledge, everyone who posted and shared with their friends, and everyone who sent words of encouragement. You guys rock."

Sun-Higginson explained the money would go towards post production on the project, in the form of a professional editor, sound design and colour correction and a graphics designer. She is currently still filming, so if you'd like to contribute your experiences to the film, you can contact her via the film's Facebook page.

She spoke to GamesIndustry International last month and explained her role as a non-gamer was actually an asset to the project.

"It has been a lot more challenging in that I didn't start out with any contacts at all in the industry, but this is a really important movie to get made and I can't just hope that someone else will make it," she said.

"I wanted to tell people like myself, outsiders who aren't aware of this about this problem... I heard about it and I have always cared about womens' and feminist issues, and I didn't realise this was happening under everybody's nose."

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Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions4 years ago
Im launching a kickstarter soon.. if only i can think of some way to use gender issues to get some free publicity and interest teehee!
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee4 years ago
Hot subject, I just hope its objective.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
@Jade--Why not just make your own version of this film from a male's perspective? You want free publicity? Just call it STFU.
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Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions4 years ago
Great idea! Because if a man did that it would probably end up being called sexist.
Im just being facetious though
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Joseph Harvey Department head, Firelight Technologies4 years ago
I'm glad this succeeded. A few people have suggested that this kickstarter was a ripoff; that because Ms. Sun-Higginson isn't part of the industry, her understanding of it is too limited to be useful in diagnosing its problems. Maybe that will be the case - but I think it's also possible that an outsider's perspective may reveal problems that we in the industry don't notice, don't think about, or take for granted. I don't know how it will turn out, but if there's even a slight possibility that we could discover something useful, we have a responsibility to pursue it.
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Andreia Quinta Photographer, Studio52 London4 years ago
As long as it's impartial, more power to her, if it turns into another Anita Sarkeesian... well, let's just say we don't need another Sarkeesian.
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