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The Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014: 5 days of cool and unique feature and short film screenings at venues around the town.
42 backers pledged £3,177 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to everyone who has helped us hit our fundraising target - its great to know that we will be able to put on a cool film festival this October in Leamington Spa.

As there is still time left we've added some stretch goals - if we can raise a bit more money we can improve and expand the programme. So please keep spreading the word and help us make the LUC Festival 2014 even better.

LUC Festival Stretch Goals

1. If the total reaches £3200 We will add a very special extra mystery feature film to the video game award event

2. If we get to £3500 - we will add special musical guests to the Thursday night Masochist Film Club screening of BIRDEMIC 

3. If we are able to reach £4000 then we will add a new event featuring a World Cinema classic screening.

4. If somehow we get to £5000, then we will put on a free public screening of a cult classic movie in Leamington Spa in the next 6 months.

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After the startling success of last year's first ever Leamington Underground Cinema Festival, our glorious central committee invite you to help support the second instalment in October 2014.

We want to put on a festival that provides brilliant screenings with an alternative focus and low ticket price, while making it as attractive as possible for filmmakers to submit their work.

What is the LUC Festival 2014?

The festival will be five days of cool and unique film screenings at various venues around the town of Leamington Spa from the 7th to the 11th of October. It will include the awarding of the LUC Short Film Prize 2014, which is completely free to enter and has a first prize of £1000.

There are lots of film events and screenings that show well known & classic films - but the LUC Festival sets out to bring you brilliant, little known movies and a whole load of fantastic short films that you wouldn't otherwise get to see.

Last year we screened over 80 shorts from all around the world alongside the following features

  • The Secret Society Of Fine Arts
  • Lint
  • Jerkbeast
  • Anyone Can Play Guitar
  • It's Such A Beautiful Day
  • Sound Of Noise

You can check out the full programme from 2013 on our web site and there was a dodgy trailer too...

Here are some snippets of coverage from last year:

Great review of the short film programme

First night review in the Leamington Observer

This year we will build on last year's festival with another selection of brilliant underground features and film events. The LUC Short Film Prize is already open for submissions - so far we have received over 1000 submissions from 74 countries!

Our elite organising committee is already in discussion with venues, filmmakers and distributors to set up another selection of screenings and events that you won't want to miss. We are even adding a very special video-game prize this time round too. More news will be forthcoming over the next couple of months - and backers will get the news before anyone else.

Why we need your help

Currently the LUC Festival does not have any arts or government funding, this means that we are free to run things however we like and create the programme we want. Unfortunately it also means that we need to raise money to pay for the whole thing

Last year the costs of putting on the festival were met by ticket sales for events, some generous sponsors such as Staak, Cracking Boozers, and Mask-Arade, venuesLAMP, Altoria and The Zephyr Lounge generously hosting screenings - as well as an overdraft being painfully extended.

Certain elements of this funding model (you can probably guess which) aren't sustainable. Our choice is to raise more revenue by charging higher ticket prices and a fee for entering the short film prize - or to raise more money up front through advance sales and sponsorship.

We really want to keep the events at the festival cheap to attend (our aim is to never charge more than £5 for a screening) and don't want to charge an entrance fee for the Short Film Prize unless we really have to. So we are running this campaign to keep the festival brilliant value for attendees and as attractive as possible for filmmakers.

What do you get out of it?

You will be making sure that there will be an ace film festival in Leamington for you to enjoy this October.

You will be supporting a short film competition that is about the films rather than about making money - we want to keep the LUC Short Film Prize free to enter for as long as possible so that anyone can submit a film without having to stump up an entrance fee. Most festivals charge hefty fees to film makers and we feel that we are fairly unique in offering a decent prize that absolutely anyone can have a crack at.

You will be supporting the idea that not everyone wants to watch the same films over and over again. LUC is all about bringing brilliant, but less well-known films to the masses - you will be part of that.

There are three ways to get involved and support the festival, each with their own benefits...

1 - Be a supporter: Help fund the festival with a small donation, get a glowing feeling inside and maybe even a poster.

2 - Buy a festival pass: Buy your pass for all festival events in advance to help fund the event and ensure you avoid the disappointment of missing any sold out screenings. The passes will be a unique design and customised for each person - more news very soon.

3 - Sponsor the festival: Individuals, organisations or businesses that would like to see this event go ahead and also get some well deserved PR out of it have a number of options. At the lowest level of sponsorship you will be splashed all over the big screen at the start of every festival screening - at higher levels you can be featured in the festival trailer, get your hands on some bespoke artwork, or even judge and sponsor the trophy for the short film prize! All levels of sponsorship are detailed in the rewards for this campaign.

What happens if we don't raise the money?

Firstly the staff responsible will be taken out and shot.

After that we will work out how we can still put on some events during the week, but obviously at a reduced level.

What happens if we raise more money than we need?

The LUC Festival is a non-profit event, so any excess money will be put to good use. If we are lucky enough to exceed our target and raise more money than we need to cover the costs of this years festival - then in order of priority we will...

Firstly, look for opportunities to add to, extend and improve the events this year. Our favourite example is to add a midnight movie double-bill to the programme.

Secondly, put the money towards offering a big free mystery screening in Leamington Spa during the next six months.

Thirdly, keep any residual cash to put towards next year's festival and short film prize.

Risks and challenges

As we learned last year, putting on a festival is a stressful experience and very little actually goes exactly as planned.

What was great last time though is that we had a great team of people involved as well as the support of local venues and artists, which meant that as issues and problems cropped up we were able to work around them and in some cases end up with better results.

The experience of last year, plus the enthusiasm of everyone involved means that I am confident that we can overcome any issues to make the festival a success. Also we are scaling back to a sensible and achievable 5 day programme rather than the rather gruelling 7 days last time.

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    FESTIVAL SUPPORTER
    You will be able to tell everyone how you helped to put on the festival. Just in case there is any doubt about this, all supporters names will be included in a glorious and epic roll of honour shown on the big screen during the final night of the festival.

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    FESTIVAL SUPPORTER + POSTER
    As well as supporting the festival and getting your name into the glorious, epic roll of honour, you will also get a rather nice A4 print of the festival poster to commemorate your involvement.

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    FESTIVAL PASS
    A unique, personalised festival pass which gives you entry to all festival events as well as the exclusive after-party on the final night. Plus your name on the epic & glorious roll of honour.

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    FESTIVAL PASS + FILM BINGO TOKENS A unique, personalised festival pass which gives you entry to all festival events as well as the exclusive after-party on the final night. Plus your name on the epic & glorious roll of honour.

    You will also get 10 tokens, each can be exchanged for one free game at any of our FILM BINGO events for the next year!

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    FESTIVAL PASS + EXCLUSIVE ART
    A unique, personalised festival pass which gives you entry to all events as well as the exclusive after-party on the final night. Plus your name on the epic & glorious roll of honour.

    Additionally you will get a commemorative poster from the festival as well as a limited edition print of the LUC Bunker - numbered and signed by our resident artist, Christine Cuddihy.

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    BRONZE SPONSOR - PUBLICITY AT ALL EVENTS
    As well as the immense kudos and undoubtably improved karma that you will generate for being a sponsor of the festival there are also some more practical benefits: Firstly you will get one unique, personalised FESTIVAL PASS with all the benefits which that brings. Your name (or your company/organisation name or logo) will appear onscreen before every screening during the festival. Also you will be listed on the sponsors page in the festival programme.

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    SILVER SPONSOR - LOADS MORE PUBLICITY & FEATURE IN THE FESTIVAL TRAILER!
    At this level you will get 2 of our cool, unique and personalised FESTIVAL PASSES. Your name (or company/organisation name/logo) will appear before every screening. You will get a full page advert in the festival programme and you will be named as a key supporter on the main festival poster and in the festival video trailer (both due at the end of August)

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    SPECIAL MUSIC REWARD: AN EXCLUSIVE BESPOKE SONG WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LEWIS J SMITH
    A very special and unique one-off reward for one lucky backer. Leamington musical sensation and key festival participant, Lewis J Smith, will write a song all about you (or perhaps more interestingly someone you nominate) and will perform it at an event during the festival for you and everyone else to enjoy. We'll even bung it on a CD for you. Check out some of Lewis's material here (https://soundcloud.com/lewisjsmith) and follow him rabidly on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LewisJSmith

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    LUC VIDEO GAME PRIZE TROPHY SPONSOR - You will get 2 passes to the whole festival & all the advertising perks. You will be able to nominate a person to be on the judging panel for the LUC Video Game Prize. Plus the LUC Video Game Prize 2014 Award will be named after you or your company/organisation ie "The (YOUR NAME HERE) LUC VIDEO GAME PRIZE 2014". This means that you will be mentioned in all publicity and advertising about the festival and video game competition. You (or someone you would like to nominate) will also open the sparkly envelope at our award event and present the trophy to the winner.

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    GOLD SPONSOR - ALL THE PUBLICITY + JUDGE THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION + VERY SPECIAL ART REWARD At this exalted level you will get everything in the SILVER SPONSOR REWARD - plus you can nominate yourself (or anyone you like) to be on the judging panel for the LUC Short Film Prize 2014! That's not all - our resident artist, the very talented Christine Cuddihy will create a very special one-off, specially commissioned, film-themed poster based on you or your organisation. We will provide a framed A3 version and the digital file for you to do whatever you like with.

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    LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE TROPHY SPONSOR - INCLUDES EVERYTHING ELSE

    This is the ultimate reward for the ultimate sponsor, you get everything mentioned previously in the SILVER & GOLD sponsor packages. Plus the LUC Short Film Prize 2014 Award will be named after you or your company/organisation ie "The (YOUR NAME HERE) LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2014". This means that you will be mentioned in all publicity and advertising about the festival and competition. You (or someone you would like to nominate) will also open the sparkly envelope at our award event and present the trophy to the winner. We will also provide you with a replica of the award. Worldwide fame may well follow, but legally we can't guarantee it.

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