A tale of courage, hope and reaching for your dreams….
James Webber
United Kingdom
6 Team Members

UPDATE: We have hit our minimum target so every extra $ raised helps us raise the production value of Driftwood. If we hit $13,000 for instance we will be able to hire additional equipment to make our underwater shots truly beautiful. Please continue to spread the word about our film and a huge thank you to all our backers for your amazing support!

Also we are happy to announce that Neil Maskell, the star of Kill List & Football Factory, has joined our cast!

Our Story

My name is James Webber, I’m the writer/director of Driftwood, an 8 minute short film shooting in London this March. Stories of adversity have always fascinated me- how people from difficult backgrounds, with limited means, strive to achieve their dreams. It’s the passion behind these stories that has inspired me to make Driftwood.


"A life that hasn't a definite plan, is likely to become driftwood." - David Sarnoff


Driftwood is the story of Sam, a teenage swimming prodigy, whose life operates in two very different worlds: one of talent and achievement at the dawn of his sporting career, the other of fear and torment in his home and social life.


Having lost his mother at an early age, Sam suffers verbal and mental abuse from his alcoholic, depressive father who resents him for his talents. He also struggles with unrelenting taunts and physical bullying from a local gang. Sam finds an outlet and escape through swimming. The close bond and encouragement from his trainer, his focus, dedication and extreme hard work give him the confidence to tackle his problems and achieve his dreams.


Our Goal

We intend to create a high-concept, high-quality short film which will appeal to a diverse audience. It champions the success, potential and spirit of the world of sport as the 2012 Olympic Games come to London.


We will target major international festivals, including those that qualify for Oscar shortlisting. Driftwood already has a world-class crew and production team attached that showcase the best of British independent filmmaking talent from production design to cinematography. The locations are real and urban, the design is detailed, the narrative is moving and relevant. On top of that, every aspect of the production will make this film a visually stunning experience…


But quality costs money. And this is why we need your help!


We are not settling for the usual ‘expenses only’ deal too often used by short films, scrimping on production standards and talent is not an option. With this funding we can achieve our realistic, yet modest budget and make this film the best that it can be.


What We Need & What You Get

There are loads of perks on offer. From screening tickets or dinner with us, to concept art prints and IMDb Executive Producer credits.


Some private funding is already secured, but it is this crowd funding campaign that will decide whether or not Driftwood gets made.


The funds will pay for the following:

Camera equipment hire (ARRI Alexa)

Underwater filming kit (the stunning underwater shots planned are essential for this film but kit for this doesn’t come cheap)


An exceptional cast

Crew and production

Custom-made props and costumes

Catering and on-set essentials


Permits, council agreements/admin fees

Festival submissions


DVDs and deliverables (master-tapes)


Other Ways You Can Help

It’s not just about the funding, you can help us by spreading the word. And we’d love to hear from you.

Please visit our website:



You can also join the Driftwood discussions, get involved and talk to production team on Twitter by using #DriftwoodFilm

Thank you so much for getting involved!

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  • $10USD
    Doggy Paddle.

    A pat on the back from the 'Driftwood' production team! We'll give you a shout out on Twitter and a personalised video thank you!

    32 out of 500 claimed

  • $25USD

    A thank you from the 'Driftwood' production team! You'll get all of the above, plus a digital download of the script and storyboards from our talented Graphic Designer, Poppaea Bicknell.

    23 out of 300 claimed

  • $50USD

    A big thank you from the 'Driftwood' production team! You get all of the above, plus an exclusive online preview of 'Driftwood' and a 'thank you' in the film end credits.

    23 out of 150 claimed

  • $100USD
    Torch Bearer

    A massive thank you from the 'Driftwood' production team! You get all of the above, as well as a DVD or Blu-ray of the completed film, a signed copy of the script and a limited edition print of our 'Driftwood' concept art.

    18 out of 75 claimed

  • $250USD
    Bronze Medal

    You've just won the Bronze Medal! Congratulations and a round of applause! You get all of the above, as well as a 'Special Thanks' in the film end credits and on IMDb, an exclusive 'Driftwood' T-shirt (only available to Indiegogo backers!) PLUS, The Director/Producer(s) will take YOU out for Coffee at our favourite coffee place in London! (Travel expenses not included)

    6 out of 35 claimed

  • $500USD
    Silver Medal

    Congratulations! You've just won the silver medal! You get all of the above, except, instead of coffee…. we'll take YOU out for lunch at our favourite restaurant in London! (Travel/accommodation not included) We'll send you an actual prop from the film, a limited edition handmade 'Driftwood' sculpture and you'll get an 'Associate Producer' credit on the film and on IMDb.

    8 out of 12 claimed

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    Gold Medal

    Congratulations! You've just won the GOLD MEDAL! Without people like you, 'Driftwood' cannot happen. You get all of the above, except instead of lunch… we'll take YOU out for a slap up dinner at our favourite restaurant in London! PLUS 2 tickets to the first ever cast & crew screening in London! (Travel/Accommodation not included) You will also get an 'Executive Producer' credit on the film and on IMDb.

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    You are an Angel. A true superstar. It's people like YOU who change lives and inspire new generations of film makers. We'll forever be thankful. You get all of the above, including the slap up dinner at our favourite restaurant in London! (Travel/Accommodation not included) PLUS we'll keep you personally updated every step of the way. Our Producers will call you and keep you updated with all of 'Driftwood's' big developments! (Skype phonecalls for outside of UK)

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