Welcome to this first update from Tipping Point Film Fund
We launched eight weeks ago with a GREAT party at the lovely Darbucka restaurant – and were delighted with the fantastic turn-out. The event was co-hosted by our primary sponsor The Co-operative – who joined us for the evening…giving us a chance to give them a very big public thank-you for all their support.
Amongst other things, we showed our promo which we want as many people to see as possible – so do pass it on…
We are now in full fundraising mode and looking for those one off and regular givers keen to fund the important films of the future. Already close to £10,000 has been raised for projects and there is still a lot to do, so please spread the word!
On that note, we are delighted to say we secured our first major donor who has committed £20,000 to Tipping Point Film Fund’s core work… this is the best possible 'gift' to us as we start this new organisation and this act of confidence in this new venture means a great deal to us all here.
Tipping Point Film Fund spent a very enjoyable bank holiday weekend at the Greenbelt festival in Cheltenham. We had a constant flow of people at our ‘smallest cinema in the world’. While queuing for the cinema, we asked the question ‘which film opened your eyes to new issues?' Check out the replies on flickr or facebook now.
Tipping Point Film Fund is taking part in the Burma VJ screening on the 12th September at the I Will Tell International Film Festival at Prince Charles Cinema and the Take One Action, in Edinburgh on the 25th September sharing a panel with The Yes Men. If you’re around, do pop over and say ‘hello’.
Film: Road to Bethlehem
One of our priority projects, Road to Bethlehem, has just secured 7,500 Euros from Irish Agency ‘Trócaire’ which will go towards to the completion fund we are raising to edit and post produce the film.
Other recent funders to come on board include the CBA-DFID Broadcast Media Scheme, which awarded £10,000. Established in 2001 the CBA (Commonwealth Broadcasting Association) has funding from DFID to manage the scheme - which is editorially independent. The objective of the scheme is to improve UK public understanding and awareness of the developing world via the mainstream broadcast media.
The director, Leila Sansour is editing the film at present and we hope to have a finished product by early 2010.
Film: Here Comes the Sun
Directed by Marc Silver (currently working with Gael Garcia Bernal, Jamie Cullum and Michael Nyman), and produced by Lisa Marie Russo (BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer whose many credits include the critically acclaimed Of Time and the City), Here Comes the Sun will be stunning in its use of visual language and sound design, whilst at the same time packing a political punch and engaging with audiences beyond those in the know.
We are in the research phase and are fundraising for this as well as for a short trailer we want to produce which will act as a fundraising tool.
Film: Cashback (working title)
Our fundraising effort for the next film from Marc and Nick Francis will start in the autumn…a film looking at ‘shadow banking’ and its impact on the developing world, it will shoot next year. Want to find out more about the issue in the meantime? Check out this podcast recorded at the Greenbelt festival - Is tax dodging making poverty permanent?
And if you haven’t had time to look around the website, let us point you to a few pages!
With best wishes,