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Help London's East End Film Festival keep creating free and accessible film events for everyone from the local to the global community.

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Who are we?

We are the East End Film Festival, one of the UK's largest international film festivals, and this is our 13th year – a very significant landmark in our development, as you will see. 

The East End Film Festival is celebrated for its independence – we are committed to working with the best, cutting edge, emerging talent with a real focus on first to second time feature filmmakers – we’ve always got our eye on the future of independent film.

But this year, we are taking our independence one step further. It is our first year as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. This seismic change – though challenging – is wonderful because it means that we can keep the festival as accessible, non-hierarchical, and responsive as possible. In other words, we are able to take the reigns of the festival to champion the films we really believe in and continue this annual collective celebration of culture through cinema. However, it does have some financial implications. 

A key part of the identity of the East End Film Festival is engaging as many people as possible with our work, and we do this by running free and accessible events for the local community and our international family of filmmakers. This is where you come in… 

What are we asking?

We need your support. Yes, we need money, but equally importantly we need to spread the word about this campaign. Whether you send an email to your friends, give us a retweet, post about us on Facebook, donate £1, £10, £50 or even more – everything counts. As you will know from Kickstarter, we get nothing if we don’t achieve our target.

Why is the East End Film Festival so important?

Where will the money go?

Devastatingly, we are no longer in a position to take risks on providing 'free' events (which are actually pretty costly!) And there is no longer room in our budget for upgrading many events to make them as accessible as possible (providing signers for the deaf and hard of hearing, bringing in disability ramps, translating festival literature into up to 8 languages, organising free transport for the elderly, affordable tickets for young people and so much more). Finally, we are at risk of losing some of the smaller, less commercial events that focus on local communities: providing workshops for kids, free music events, art exhibitions, screenings of Bollywood films in Indian restaurants and so on. As I'm sure you will agree, it is these events which really represent the heart and spirit of the festival.

Our award winning (Silent London) 'A Symphony of Horror' with 60-piece choir at EEFF 2012
Our award winning (Silent London) 'A Symphony of Horror' with 60-piece choir at EEFF 2012

  This year we plan on hosting youth workshops, free outdoor screenings, free art exhibitions, and as always, on making our events open to each and every person that wishes to join us. But this work comes with a price. There are bills and insurance to pay, we need security, screens, projectors, generators, legal fees, a dedicated army of volunteers, disability ramps, signers, large print marketing, even simple things such as sourcing chairs and tables. It all adds up.

Cutting East steering meeting - a youth festival created by young people for young people. Tickets to the festival are supplemented to be affordable.
Cutting East steering meeting - a youth festival created by young people for young people. Tickets to the festival are supplemented to be affordable.

How can you help?

Spread the word!

On Facebook:

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London's biggest independent film festival is back and the East End Film Festival needs you! EEFF's crowd funding campaign is live so from £1 to £1000 every little helps and if money's not an option then spreading the word works just as well and it's FREE! So help us keep the dream alive! Donate, reblog, repost, retweet! Whatever it takes to help EEFF continue reaching out to the community.

The East End Film Festival's crowd funding campaign is a go and it needs you! Without your help the festival cannot continue to run the variety of culturally diverse free workshops, screenings, activities and events that the EEFF are known for. From £1 to £1000 every donation on their Kickstarter campaign helps. If money's not an option then spreading the word is still appreciated and it's FREE! Donate, repost, retweet, reblog! http://kck.st/1sMy4Oo

On Twitter:

here are some example tweets:

#EEFF2014s crowd funding campaign is a go on kickstarter! From £1 to a RT every little helps! Keep EEFF what it is @ http://kck.st/1sMy4Oo

Help @eastendfilmfest remain a festival for the people & keep it's FREE events! From £1 to a RT #EEFF2014 needs you! http://kck.st/1sMy4Oo

@eastendfilmfest is a not4profit Community Interest Company and it needs your help 2 stay tht wy! From £1 to a RT they need you! http://kck.st/1sMy4Oo

@eastendfilmfest is a not4profit CommunityInterestCompany & it needs ur help 2 sty tht wy! Frm £1 2 a RT they need U! http://kck.st/1sMy4Oo

Give us a quid, or £10 or maybe even more… See the rewards at the side of the page.

'I support EEFF' Badges
'I support EEFF' Badges
'I support EEFF' Badges
'I support EEFF' Badges
EEFF Tote Bags
EEFF Tote Bags

OR: If you know a local, national or international business that would benefit from association with the festival, tell them how they could benefit from our business rewards!  Or send their information our way (to rachael@eastendfilmfestival.com) and we'll give them a wave.

And don’t forget with each donation you are eligible for a tangible thank you from us in the form of our rewards. Take a look at the lovely list of benefits to donating just to the right of this text… 

'You and the Night' directed by Yann Gonzalez starring Eric Cantona
'You and the Night' directed by Yann Gonzalez starring Eric Cantona

The mercurial Manchester United legend - ERIC CANTONA - will be attending the festival for a special red carpet premiere of 'You and the Night' on 21 June at the EEFF! See the rewards section of this page for our special Eric Cantona reward, for which we have a local artist designing some very special, beautiful limited edition badges.

EEFF 2012 - 100's of school children building their own 'Gromit'
EEFF 2012 - 100's of school children building their own 'Gromit'

A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE EEFF TEAM!

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions or feedback, please email Rachael Castell, festival producer on Rachael@eastendfilmfestival.com

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History of the East End Film Festival 

Originally a council-backed film festival celebrating local filmmakers, EEFF is now one of the UK's largest international film festivals, with a competition selection for first and second time directors, targeted industry training (Mind the Gap), digital programme (EMERGE), and a 6-month mentoring scheme for 20 young people resulting in EEFF’s own youth film festival – Cutting East.

For more information about the festival past and present please visit: www.eastendfilmfestival.com

@eastendfilmfest  |  facebook.com/eastendfilmfestival

EEFF 2012 - Gromits
EEFF 2012 - Gromits
EEFF 2012 - Gromit @Spitalfields Market
EEFF 2012 - Gromit @Spitalfields Market
EEFF 2013 - Live dance performance @Spitalfields Market
EEFF 2013 - Live dance performance @Spitalfields Market
EEFF2013 - Opening Night Gala @Troxy
EEFF2013 - Opening Night Gala @Troxy
   

Risks and challenges

Well...running a film festival is always a challenge! But we're really feeling it this year. And - as devastating as it feels to admit - without your support, there is a real risk that we will not be able to provide the free and accessible screenings and cinematic experiences that keep the festival an event for the people, embedded in the community where it was born.

The EEFF will never lose sight of its longstanding and deeply routed commitment to the area - but all your donations and support will ensure that we continue to enrich our programme to the benefit of our community.

Rewards offered by the EEFF for people's support of this important campaign will be completed in full, and fall within the remit of work, materials and events guaranteed by the festival budget each year. Gifts are intended as personal messages of thanks and opportunities for people to engage in the spirit, experience and future health of the festival that they have been so kind to support.

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    “WALL OF FAME” LISTING: No donation is too small for us here at the East End Film Festival, everyone and anyone can get involved. Any contribution you can spare is greatly appreciated. As a special thank-you, if you donate anything from £1 or more, your name will appear on the EEFF’s “Wall Of Fame”, which will be displayed at the festival’s glitzy opening night gala on Friday 13th June 2014.

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    HANDCRAFTED POSTCARD + “WALL OF FAME” LISTING: For a pledge of £10, we will send you a very personal thank-you: a specially commissioned handcrafted postcard-sized screenprint, designed and created by a young local artist. Your name will also appear on EEFF’s “Wall Of Fame”.

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    BECOME AN EEFF SUPPORTER + “WALL OF FAME” LISTING: The 13th East End Film Festival will open on Friday 13th June running for 13 days – may be unlucky for some, but definitely lucky for you! For a £13 contribution you’ll receive an “I Support EEFF” badge. Not only will this cool accessory brighten your wardrobe, if you wear it during the festival you’ll be in with a chance of winning a fabulous spot-prize! Our roaming team will be on the hunt for badge-holders throughout the festival, and if you’re spotted at any of our screenings you will receive a surprise gift from popcorn, to drinks, to gala tickets, to VIP party invites, in fact, who knows what! Your name will also appear on EEFF’s “Wall Of Fame”.

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    EEFF ENAMEL PIN + “WALL OF FAME” LISTING: For those who simply won’t do plastic, a £20 contribution entitles you to a special edition enamel pin. This pin has the same power as the “I Support EEFF” badge (see above), and the wearer will receive a whole host of spot-prizes handed out during the festival by our roving team – but it’s altogether more durable, stylish, elegant and exclusive, this season’s must-have accessory! Your name will also appear on EEFF’s “Wall Of Fame”.

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    EEFF TOTE BAG + EEFF BADGE + “WALL OF FAME” LISTING: A £25 contribution entitles you to one of our brand new stylish East End Film Festival tote bags, freshly screen-printed on natural canvas with the EEFF logo. You’ll also get the EEFF badge with its prize-winning potential, and your name will appear on EEFF’s “Wall Of Fame”.

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    JIM PARKYN’S “EDDIE THE EEL” MODEL MAKING KIT + EEFF BADGE + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: Festival friend and Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn ran a record-breaking mass model-making workshop at EEFF2011 creating Wallace´s faithful sidekick, Gromit. We asked Jim to help us create our very own mascot for EEFF2014: and so, Eddie The Eel was born. A £35 contribution entitles you to join our “Elvers Club” and receive a specially developed Eddie The Eel model-making kit, with plasticine and full instructions on how to make your own Eddie at home. We´re very excited about our new mascot and want to see him wriggling off through international waters – so please tweet and email us pictures of your own Eddie on his travels, and we’ll retweet and post them to our website. How far afield will Eddie go? As further thanks, you’ll also get the EEFF badge with its prize-winning potential, plus your name will be printed in our festival programme.

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    16 backers Limited (9 left of 25)

    “FESTIVAL FRIEND” MEMBERSHIP CARD + EEFF TOTE BAG + EEFF ENAMEL PIN + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: If you want to be EEFF’s BFF (best friend forever), this package entitles you to receive our new stylish tote bag screen-printed with the EEFF logo, and the EEFF enamel pin with its prize-winning potential, plus the special “Festival Friend” membership card – giving the bearer 1st refusal to otherwise sold out festival events and screenings and other exclusive access. Your name will also be printed in our festival programme.

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    ADOPT-A-FILM (INDIVIDUAL) + EEFF SPECIAL THANKS: Two films from EEFF2014 are up for adoption. Each film requires 10 individuals to contribute £50. This will help us to pay the costs of bringing filmmakers to east London to introduce their film and to take part in a post-screening Q&A. These “adopted” films will be specially identified in the programme, and you’ll be specially thanked by name in the festival programme, on the festival website, and at the screening itself.

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    THE ‘I LOVE ERIC CANTONA’ REWARD: The same as the EEFF Supporter reward but extra Gallic swagger, show your excitement at Eric Cantona’s imminent visit to the East End Film Festival with a public declaration of affection for him. Every donator will receive a stunning, limited edition enamel badge that's been specially designed to celebrate his arrival in the UK, a truly beautiful item which will be the envy of everyone not wearing one! At the festival, receive some even more fabulous spot prizes, and your name will appear on the “EEFF Wall of Fame”. Only a very limited number are being made, and these are not available anywhere else. Wear the badge to our screening of You and the Night, it's the perfect accessory for an audience with The King himself!

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    HANDMADE A3 PRINT + EEFF BADGE + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: If you want more east end art for your money, a contribution of £75 will get you a specially created limited edition A3 screen print (edition of just 13) by a local east London artist, commissioned by the festival. You’ll also get the EEFF badge with its prize-winning potential, plus your name will be printed in our festival programme.

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    OPENING NIGHT VIP + EEFF ENAMEL PIN + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: Those who pledge £100 will be invited as a VIP guest to the East End Film Festival opening gala on Friday 13 June. After walking down the red carpet, you’ll be shown to a VIP table, atop which will be drinks for you to enjoy. Come and join us for the east end’s most glittering event of 2014! You’ll also get the EEFF enamel pin with its prize-winning potential, plus your name will be printed in our festival programme.

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    SECRET SCREENING + EEFF ENAMEL PIN + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: If you’d prefer to attend an even more exclusive and elusive cinema event, those who pledge £100 can attend a secret screening hosted by the East End Film Festival. Expect an evening of film, drinks, and popcorn held at an exclusive location in London’s east end as special thanks for your contribution. With a maximum of 25 guests, in addition to the EEFF team and Festival Ambassadors, it’ll be both secret and exclusive! You’ll also get the EEFF enamel pin with its prize-winning potential, plus your name will be printed in our festival programme.

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    FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR + EEFF ENAMEL PIN + EEFF PROGRAMME LISTING: If you have a true passion for film, international relations and community involvement, EEFF offers you the chance to be a Festival Ambassador for 2 years. For a £250 donation, not only will you be making a huge contribution to the success of this year’s festival, you can also get involved in steering the festival. Twice a year you’ll be invited to special brainstorming get-togethers with drinks and food, as well as preview screenings, festival press and networking events, and other core activity. There are only 15 Ambassador places, so get in quick! You’ll also get the EEFF enamel pin with its prize-winning potential, plus your name will be printed in our festival programme.

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    PRIVATE SCREENING OF YOUR CHOICE FOR 50 GUESTS: For £500 we will provide you with an opportunity to host your very own private film event at the 50-seat screening room at 3 Mills Studios. These film studios in east London are home to EEFF, and films including Made In Dagenham, Trance, 28 Days Later and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were shot here. Whether it’s a private screening of your own work, or a chance to see a favourite blockbuster with your mates on a big screen, we’ll screen a film of your choice and provide pre-screening drinks for your guests. It’s a chance to dress to impress and host an exclusive event for work colleagues, friends, or family.

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    THE ERIC CANTONA VIP EXPERIENCE: With legendary football enfant terrible Eric Cantona set to attend the East End Film Festival to present 'You and the Night' with director Yann Gonzalez, here's your chance for the Eric Cantona VIP experience: pledge £500 or more and you will receive 2 tickets to the red carpet premiere of the film in London, followed by your VIP attendance at an exclusive afterparty, with Cantona himself in attendance. What's more, we'll pick you up in an executive car, from anywhere in London, and drive you in style to your very special evening with The King himself! A must for Manchester United fans and Cantona lovers everywhere, a real once in a lifetime experience.

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    ADOPT-A-FILM (BUSINESS) + LOGO IN PROGRAMME: We’re offering two feature films from EEFF2014 up for adoption – and the festival programming team will work with you to make sure you adopt a film that’s ideal for you. Each “adoption” requires a business to contribute £500. This will help us to pay the costs of bringing filmmakers to east London to introduce their film and to take part in a post-screening Q&A. These “adopted” films will be specially identified in the festival programme alongside your company logo.

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    OPENING NIGHT VIP TABLE FOR 10 GUESTS (+ LOGO IN PROGRAMME for business pledges): Those who pledge £1,000 will be invited as VIP guests to the EEFF opening gala on Friday 13 June. After walking down the red carpet, you and 9 guests will be shown to your very own VIP table, awash with complementary food and drinks for you to enjoy. Come and join us for the east end’s most glittering event of 2014!

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    OPENING NIGHT VIP EXPERIENCE FOR 2 + 5-STAR HOTEL STAY: For such a generous donation we are pulling out all the stops and giving you and your guest a glamorous night on us! You’ll both be invited to our opening night gala on Friday 13 June. A car will be provided to transport you to and from the event, and your own personal table and drinks will be offered so that you are fully equipped to schmooze with our VIP guests. But the night doesn’t end there: after the event your car will whisk you and your guest off to a 5-star hotel for you to enjoy a luxurious night’s stay. It will surely be a night to remember.

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    TAILOR-MADE INDUSTRY INSIGHT DAY: With a focus on first- and second-time directors, EEFF is committed to giving exposure to new and distinctive filmmakers. For a £2,500 donation, you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the EEFF team. Are you a filmmaker wanting to hone your skills? Are you interested in breaking into the industry and see your debut film screened at festivals throughout the world? Or would your business simply benefit from a film-based team-building day? Since Alison Poltock took over as director in 2008, EEFF has seen an astonishing 2100% growth in premieres, a 578% growth in the number of Q&A’s and panel discussions, and a 400% growth in the number of countries represented. Alison and the festival team will work with you to put together a day of advice and insight tailored to your requirements, bringing onboard specific industry experts as required. All expenses (with the exception of travel) are included, and Alison is available to discuss your requirements in advance of your pledge.

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    FESTIVAL PARTNER: For £5,000 you or you business would be recognised as a significant supporter of this year’s festival. The exact package would be individualised to your requirements (and festival director Alison Poltock is available to discuss those requirements in advance of your pledge), but may include a full-page advert in our print programme, your logo being featured prominently in our trailer, website and on EEFF marketing material, your products being included in VIP goodie bags. We can also create, plan, and manage a hospitality event especially for you where you can invite 50 of your key clients for an evening of entertainment facilitated by EEFF’s events team. Please contact EEFF for more details.

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