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.
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.
How can you help?
Spread the word!
here are some example posts...
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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…
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.
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
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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