Forever Strangers needs to raise 7,000/$11,000
Forever Strangers is a charity short film written and produced by students at Ravensbourne College of Design.
A team of talented and dedicate students have pulled their recourses together in an effort to create a low budget short film that has the quality of a Hollywood production without the budget; Proving that talent and determination is all that is necessary to make a great film.
Their mission is to raise awareness and money for a number of causes and charities while delivering a moving and visually inspiring short film.
"A troubled artist tries to make a difference in the isolated streets of London. A touching friendship develops between himself and the most unlikely of Londoners, the bond they share inspiring him to free himself of the constraints of modern living and offer his new friend a new life."
Forever Strangers was written in February 2011 and began shooting in April, May and June all across London including South Bank, Waterloo, Notting Hill, Westminster, The Tate Modern and across the London Underground Network.
An early cut of the film was broadcasted on Freeview on the 30th of June 2011 and received very strong, positive reactions.
Since then the film has been deep in postproduction polishing the film to the highest quality possible. The film is nearly complete and about to be released but we need your help and support to get the film out there, to help the many causes we are campaigning for and to get the film into festival. We believe with the right support this project can really make a difference. For more information on what support we need see "What we need" below.
Forever Strangers has teamed up with the YMCA charity for the homeless to raise awareness and money for the issues this film campaigns to change. The film handles:
Peoples attitudes & the way we treat each other.
Here is some key information on these issues:
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2005, notes that an estimated one-quarter of the world's population live without shelter or in unhealthy and unacceptable conditions. Over 100 million people around the world have no shelter whatsoever.
10% of those that are homeless are under the age of 12
42% of homeless people are female
23% are entire families living homeless.
By the year 2020, depression will be the 2nd most common health problem in the world.
Every 40 seconds somebody dies by committing suicide.
For every suicide there is 20 unsuccessful attempts. That’s 20 attempts every 40 seconds.
There has been a 60% increase in worldwide suicide rates in last 45 years.
We plan to get this information out into public awareness and provide an easy way to raise money or help these causes. If everyone in London alone donated 1 we could make a massive difference to those effected.
There will be further announcements on additional charities joining the cause soon.
What We Need
While the film is nearly complete we need to raise 7,000/$11,000 minimum to able to get the film out there and to find a large audience and start raising some serious money for our charity partners. Here is a break down of our biggest expenses:
Large scale DVD processing and printing - we need a couple of hundred DVDs of the film to send out to press and film reviewers, to sell for charity and for festival submission.
Film Festival Costs - It is very expensive getting a film out to festival. Entry fees, expenses and travel costs to support the film add up very quickly. There are over 1000 festival worldwide and we want this charity film to feature in as many as we can afford.
Film Conversion - A very expensive process that is needed for the film to play at a number of major film festivals.
Re-claim the budget - The film was shot on 1500, which students raised, by taking out a loan.
Additional expenses include distribution, publicity material, press ads, and website upkeep.
Once we have met this target this international charity campaign can begin and together we can make a difference.
Director, Producer, Co-writer