In May last year I backed the fundraiser for the annual East End Film Festival. The festival takes place across the east end of London every year, and 2014 was its 13th year.
This was the first year that the festival operated as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, to maintain its independence. But this meant it needed an additional £25000 to put on all of the events and workshops as planned, and to keep some of these free where possible.
One of my friends has previously been involved with the festival (she’s now in New York studying for a PhD) and so I was happy to contribute a little bit towards the festival to make sure it went ahead last year. They met their funding target – although only just – and the festival took place in late June. As a thanks for my donation, my name would have appeared on a ‘wall of fame’ at their opening gala, however, with no means to visit London at the time I didn’t get to see it.
The festival is back on for 2015 and this time it’s going ahead without a crowdfunding effort, but with a number of sponsors. Hopefully there will still be many free events and the sponsorship won’t have lead to a loss of independence. It runs from the 1st to the 12th July at venues across the east end of London.