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 "...Meanwhile, the L.A. Times’ Steven Zeitchik found a young New York-based director of corporate videos and a quartet of short-film makers from L.A. in Cannes, and spotted a trend: the “Kickstarter Kids,” unexpected visitors to the South of France who got into the festival with little, independent crowd-funded films.

“It cost us more money to come to Cannes than to make this movie,” said Cate Smierciak, one of the producers of a short called “The Opportunist,” which is playing in the Critics Week section. (After using Kickstarter to get the money to make the movie, she and her colleagues used it again to get to Cannes.)..."