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During a holiday cruise a sailing yacht encounters a sinking refugee boat. - Inspired by the current events in the Mediterranean sea.
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HELLO!

We are planning to shoot BON VOYAGE, my 4th short film, in the beginning of 2016 off the coast of Turkey. 

Thanks to the investment of Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion and private savings by us, the filmmakers, more then half of the needed budget is already secured. But we can not bring this story to the screen without your support. Let us explain our intentions and introduce you to the team behind BON VOYAGE:

A DRAMATIC CONTRAST

Every day, since years, little boats leave the African coasts, overcrowded with desperate passengers, trying to reach Europe. At the same beaches the refugees land, we, the Europeans, enjoy our holidays. For some, the Mediterranean sea is a vacation paradise, for others a saltwater hell. This dramatic contrast is the foundation for the story of our short film BON VOYAGE.

The screenplay is written, the main roles are casted. An international crew is enthusiastic to start shooting in early 2016.

The lead producer is Joel Jent, together with the Swiss production company Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, which produced over 100 movies in the past 20 years. Asli Erdem, a celebrated Turkish indie-film-producer is already preparing on location in Antalya. Ouat Media, a highly successful distribution company, is ready to share BON VOYAGE with an international audience. 

All we need now is your support that we can start shooting.

THE STORY

Reto and Silvia are enjoying a wonderful sailing holiday in the Mediterranean sea. But while sailing through the night, far away from land, they discover an overloaded refugee boat, close to sinking. They are shocked, but too afraid to help. So they call the coast guards but loose the boat out of sight into the darkness of the night. In the early morning they find themselves drifting through an ocean of dead bodies. The refugee boat has sunk. Reto and Silvia manage to pull a few survivors out of the cold water: Syrians. This rescue marks the beginning of a dramatic conflict between the hopes and dreams of the refugees, and the fears and ideals of the holiday sailors.

DIRECTORS NOTE 

We all know the images of refugees landing at the coasts of Greece or Italy, after their crossings. But what does it really mean to expose your life to the merciless sea? With this film I want to bring the physical and emotional reality of a sea-crossings to our audience. But I also want to ask me and the audience: Are we aware in which comfort and luxury we are living in? How ready to help, to share, to risk our own comfort are we really?

THE TEAM

MARC WILKINS, Writer, Director 

Born 1976 in Switzerland, Swiss-British, raised in Germany, he directed his first short film when he was 16. While developing feature film projects and creating award winning short films, Marc directed over 200 commercials for clients all around the globe. He lives in New York and Berlin, preparing his first long feature film, which is also going to be produced by Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion. Beside creating film, Marc is a passionate sailor. He crossed the Atlantic, explored the Greek Islands and sails the East Coast of North America since many years.

JOEL JENT, Producer 

Born in 1983 in Wetzikon, grew up in Toggenburg (SG). Studied film studies, political science and social/economic history. Since 2003, Joël Jent has produced several documentary and short film projects, including films under his own direction. Since April 2011 he works as a junior producer at Dschoint Ventschr.

BURAK TURAN, Cinematographer 

Burak was born in Istanbul in 1976 and graduated from the Department of Cinema at Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994. After being awarded for best Cinematography at Leichester Film Festival for the short film ‘Puzzle’, he continued his work as a cinematographer in Turkey and abroad. Since 2007 he has been shooting commercials, short and feature length films for international directors all over the world. Marc and Burak work together since many years for commercials and short films. 

 ASLI ERDEM, Line Producer Turkey 

Born 1984, Asli graduated in international relations and cultural- and political science. After university she started to assist various film projects all over Turkey. She is a member of the New Cinema Movement and started her own company in 2015, BEATRICE FILMS, aiming at the production of international independent cinema. Her first feature films SONGS OF MY MOTHER and SEABURNERS were invited to festivals around the world. 

JOSHUA UPPUTURU Executive Producer Joshua Tree Films India

Joshua Upputuru loves movies and making them. An advertising professional for 9 years, he left the agency and reset his life to become a producer with a production house in Mumbai. He was hungry for newer challenges, and that’s how Joshua Tree was born.

After successfully collaborating on branded projects, BON VOYAGE is the first international fictional piece of Joshua and Marc.                                 

JANN ANDEREGG, Editor

After working in various film-crew positions, Jann studied editing at the Filmacademy in Ludwigsburg. Amongst the films he edited so far is DORA, which was part of the Berlinale 2015 program and THE COUNCIL OF BIRDS, which was shown at Venice 2014. 

 BALZ BACHMANN, Composer 

Balz, based in Zurich, studied at the Swiss Jazz School and created legendary soundtracks for directors like Dany Levy or academy award winner Xavier Koller’s THE BLACK BROTHERS. 

FLORIAN EIDENBENZ, Sounddesign and sound-mix 

Florian studied at the London Film School and worked for many years as a sound assistant all over Europe. He founded the sound studio MAGNETIX and teaches sound at the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS in Zurich today.  

SUSAN MÜLLER, Casting

Castingdirector for Swiss-Cinèma, - TV and European Coproductions since 1998. She worked for directors like Peter Greenaway, Daniel Schmid, Samir and Markus Fischer.

We are happy that our casting director introduced us to the actors Annelore Saarbach and Stephane Maeder who will play the roles of the sailors Reto and Silvia.

Annelore Sarbach is born in the mountains and played on many stages in Switzerland and Germany. For example at the Thalia in Hamburg and the Schauspielhaus in Zurich. 

Stéphane Maeder is not only an experienced actor in theater and film, but also a senior sailor. He sailed the Nordic sea off Germany with his own wooden yacht for many years.

REWARDS

To thank our backers, beside classic kickstarter-rewards, we asked all our talented artist friends in Europe and New York, for original paintings and prints. Please have a look to the right, at the 24 diverse rewards waiting for our supporters.

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HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA

If you are curious about the quality of filmmaking by Marc and Burak, check out the trailer to our short film HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA. It premiered at the legendary film festival CLAREMONT FERRAND and was invited to festivals around the globe. (If you want to see the whole 25 minutes film, let us know. We'll send you a link and a password.)

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Risks and challenges

Shooting a film, it does not matter on which budget, is always a big challenge. Especially with BON VOYAGE, where the filming takes place on the open water, where we depend on wind and weather and on the skills and sea-steadiness of our actors and crew.
But with Joel Jent and Dschoint Ventschr, after producing more then hundred movies all over the world, we have an extremely experienced production company behind us. Marc directed shortfilms, commercials and music videos, literally from Shanghai to Los Angeles and from New Zealand to Copenhagen. He has a lot of experience in how to pull off challenging projects. Many crew members are experienced sailors and very much at home on the sea. Marc crossed the Atlantic in 2012, the actor Stephane Maeder sails the German North Atlantic regularly. From that perspective we are well prepared and aware of what it needs to pull off this challenging project.
We already secured half of the needed budget. Together with a successful Kickstarter-Campaign we will have the funds to shoot and post produce this film. Trusting the massive experience of Joel Jent, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion und Asli Erdem, but also the on-set experience of Marc, we are confident that we will stay in the timing and budget. But nevertheless: This project is made of passion and idealism. Even if we have to wait for days for the sea to calm down, or re-cast a sea-sick actor: We, the crew behind BON VOYAGE, will finalize this movie.

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    Naïve and determined, Gunnar (Darri Ingolfsson) comes from Iceland to New York City to find his voice and his destiny. He has no social security number, but a dream. Gunnar is silently observing the crowd, taking pictures of strangers and flirting with a waitress who has betrayed her dream in order to survive.

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