Since our film Flying Paper premiered in London in early May, the film has been receiving invitations to nearly 15 international film festivals, many of which will be screening the film from September to December. It’s a busy festival season and we plan to travel to as many of these cities to speak with audiences about the film, and raise awareness of the ongoing situation in Gaza.
We hope some of you can join us at a film festival near you; for more info. on the upcoming screenings and press articles on the film visit: www.flyingpaper.org//film-screenings/
Some exciting snapshots of the festivals where Flying Paper will be screening
Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival (Sunday, Sept 8): We are delighted to have the film shown in prestigious festival with a focused selection of award winning films. Co-Director Nitin Sawhney will be speaking there.
Arclight Documentary Film Festival (Oct 9-13): Thanks to your support our film received enough votes to qualify for the festival as one of just 5 “fan favorites,” that will be screened in Hollywood. Co-Director Roger Hill will be speaking there.
Baghdad International Film Festival (Oct 6-10): We hope this festival screening will lead to television broadcast in Iraq, bringing the resilient story of Palestinian children to those in Iraq, also living under difficult circumstances.
We will also be making our California premiere in September (25th – 26th) at the Wine Country International Film Festival, receiving an award in Jakarta at the International Film Festival for Peace Inspiration and Equality, screening the same weekend in October (16 – 19) at two human rights film festivals in Palo Alto, CA at the United Nations Association Film Festival and in Utica, New York at the UNSpoken Human Rights Film Festival and wrapping up the busy month of October with a screening near Washington D.C. at the Utopia Film Festival and the following week at the Boston Palestine Film Festival, which was co-founded by Nitin Sawhney in 2007.
We have many more exciting screenings coming up in November and December as well including the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Cine Palestino Film Festival in Sheffield, U.K. and a crucial Middle East premiere at the Ajyal Film Festival for the Young, organized by the influential Doha Film Institute.
Help us bring Abeer, one of our lead characters, to a Film Festival in Doha, Qatar
We are delighted to see that Abeer, the young aspiring 16-year old from Jabaliya Refugee Camp, who helped us produce the film and was prominently featured in it, has now enrolled in journalism at the University in Gaza. We hope to give Abber an opportunity to travel and speak at the Ajyal Film Festival for the Young in Doha, Qatar in late November. We feel this will have a great effect not only for Abeer’s confidence, but also for her future career in journalism.
If you can help contribute towards this by donating to the film online, we will pledge a portion of the proceeds to support Abeer’s travel and her university education (especially if she is barred from leaving Gaza due to the blockade). Abeer comes from a proud and diligent family, with only her mother remaining to support them. Tax-deductible donations towards this important goal can be made through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas.
We are also continuing our fundraising efforts to bring on an outreach coordinator to assist us with media outreach and advocacy work around this film in coming months. If you know anyone with requisite experience and passion whom you can recommend for this position, we would love to hear from you.
Kickstarter Rewards: Limited Edition DVD and Online Preview in December
We know that everyone is dying to see Flying Paper and we are excited to share it with all of our Kickstarter supporters before the end of the year. Releasing an independent production like Flying Paper is tricky as most film festivals require regional premieres, which can be jeopardized if the film has been released online, broadcast, or distributed widely on DVD. However, we feel it is important to extend our gratitude to all of you for helping us complete this film.
Hence, we’ve decided to produce limited edition DVDs of the film and mail them out to key contributors in December this year, while DVDs will not be made available for purchase for the general public till later next year. We also plan to release a private online preview of the film around the same time (available for one week only as streaming video).
We hope many of you will still have a chance to see the film in a theatrical setting at one of the festivals in coming months, which we feel is the best way to experience the cinematic beauty and touching narrative of the film.
Regardless, please spread the word about this important film among friends and family; we believe word of mouth and social media (See Flying Paper’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter) may be the best way to build wider audiences for this film.
Thanks for all your support of this film,
Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill
Co-Directors, Flying Paper