The film was described as an underground hit with the Occupy movement
, which launched around the time of the film's release in September 2011.
In 2012 the film won a BAFTA Scotland
New Talent Award in the 'Factual: Over 30 Minutes' category. How to Start a Revolution
won Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance Film Festival in London.
It was funded by Arrow and via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter