I'm here to ask if you can assist me complete a short film?
BACKGROUND - In May 2020 a friend died from Covid and I, as many did, had to attend his funeral via livestream. The experience was very strange but it did help me to grieve. I wanted to make a film about this experience but lacked the energy, a few people died, and I felt emotionally drained.
In November 2020 Vimeo contacted me and asked if I would pitch a film idea about a Black business owner for Stories in Place. The platform offered Black filmmakers £5,000 to make a film and £5,000 to the Black business owner to assist during the pandemic.
I decided to make the film about a Black videographer who helps families grieve and I reached out to Kwabena Dwumfour who agreed to me making a film about his work. Sadly the film pitch wasn't picked up but as I had reached out to him I decided to continue making the film.
I am raising completion funds which includes a fee for all work done and a fee for Kwabena Dwumfour. He had wanted the funds to buy more equipment and hire an office where he and his team could work.
Myself and an award winning DOP started filming in January 2021.
I am seeking financial assistance of £20,250 - 15,250 to complete the film and £5,000 to donate to the videographer Kwabena Dwumfour.
During the pandemic Kwabena has helped over 300 families grieve and the £5,000 funds will help him buy more equipment and hire an office space.
£15,250 will be spent as follows.
£1,500 - DOP
£1,500 - Producer
£1,000 - Editor & Research - Stage one
£1,000 - Editor - Stage two
£1,000 - Colour Grade
£3,000 - Music rights
£250 - Sound
£500 - Studio hire
£250 - Sound Mix
£2,000 - Festivals
£250 - Titles
£3,000 - Animation / Design
£5,000 will be donated to Kwabena Dwumfour to help him with his business.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE - In exchange for a donation a link to my award winning film Bradford Young: Cinema Is The Weapon (2019) about the Bafta and Oscar nominated cinematographer will be sent to you as well as the completed film. You will be credited on the completed film and you will have our thanks.
ABOUT ME - Corine Dhondee has written, directed and produced narrative and documentary shorts that have screened at Bafta and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. In 2020 her original feature screenplay Quiet Storm progressed to the second stage of the Sundance Development Lab. Also in 2020 her short film about the Oscar and Bafta nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (When They See Us, Arrival, Selma) won the Women In Film Award at the Earl’s Court Film Festival. In 2019 the British Film Council awarded Corine a grant to travel to the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta where her film Bradford Young: Cinema Is The Weapon had its USA premiere. The film was called “pivotal” by the renowned film director Larry Clarke. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and a member of Bafta Crew as writer-director.
Thank you in advance for your support.