With 28 days to go and almost a quarter of the funds already raised the LUC Fest 2014 Kickstarter Campaign has started far better than we expected. If you’ve been thinking about backing the festival or need some good reasons to help persuade your friends/family/warden as to why they should pitch in, or let you have your allowance early, here are the top ten reasons that the irritating hipsters in the marketing department have come up with…
1. To make sure that there will be an ace film festival in Leamington this year.
If you came along last year you will know what we mean, but if you didn’t make it – have a gander at all the stuff that happened at the first LUC Fest. We want to put on five days of cool feature screenings, loads of shorts and unique film events at venues around the town.
Also, we are – as far as we know – the only film festival that puts on a quiz at our award ceremony. You don’t get that at Cannes.
2. To make sure that you will have access to all events and avoid the bitter sting of disappointment
There were a few screenings last year where, we were completely sold-out and full up – latecomers reduced to peering in through the door. Don’t let this happen to you this year. Festival pass holders will get entrance to all events and the option to reserve a seat at all events to make sure that you don’t miss any of the programme. Grab your pass on our Kickstarter page.
3. To keep it free for filmmakers to submit their work
Most film festivals make money by charging entrance fees to filmmakers who want to submit their work for consideration. We want to keep the LUC festival free for all filmmakers. Removing the financial barrier provides young or hard up artists all over the world with the opportunity to get their film screened in front of an audience.
4. To help establish Leamington the home of a renowned short film festival
Keeping entry free with a £1000 prize for the best film has enabled the LUC short film prize (in only its second year) to already attract over 1200 submissions from 75 different countries! If we can successfully fund the festival and short film prize for the next few years, then we have the chance of establishing Leamington Spa as the home of a widely recognised short film competition.
5. To make sure you have one of our exceedingly unique, customised festival passes
Honestly, they are going to be brilliant – the design is under wraps at the moment but everyone who backs the festival to the tune of at least £25 will get their own customised piece of LUC Festival history!
6. To get loads of positive PR for your company or organisation
Individuals, companies and organisations that are able to back the festival to the amount of £125 or more will get the benefit of advertising at all festival events, and from £250 upwards will appear on the festival posters, programmes and even in our trailer. Last time round the festival was attended by around 500 people in total, the posters were absolutely everywhere around the town and the trailer was viewed about a thousand times online.
Added to this exposure will be the less tangible but equally important increase in karma for all involved.
7. To support alternative, cult, non-mainstream film screenings
Leamington Underground Cinema is all about showing brilliant but less well-known films. The local area is well served for mainstream cinema and film events, but we want to provide screenings that champion cool, alternative films. This doesn’t mean that we want to screen incredibly difficult or willfully obscure material – but there is a whole wealth of brilliantly entertaining, but little-seen cinema out there that we want to bring to the local audience. Check out last year’s programme to get an idea of our ethos.
8. To help launch our first ever video Game contest
As Leamington Spa is a hotbed of game developing activity, we thought it would be great to create some kind of innovative, mutant, hybrid crossover with our film festival. As with the short film prize The Emerald It LUC Video Game Prize 2014 is completely free to enter and there will be a £500 for the best film-themed game submitted. There will be a glittering award ceremony where the best games will be on display – check out the rules and entry form asap.
9. To help support the arts and culture scene in Leamington Spa
There are a whole load of great artists, musicians, developers and filmmakers fuelling a scene that is bubbling away beneath the respectable veneer of Royal Leamington Spa, we want to provide a platform for this stuff to come to the surface and bring some recognition and an audience to all the talent that is lurking around the town.
10. To make sure you get to see the full LUC festival 2014 Trailer
Yes. The successful funding of the festival will reveal the continuing fate of our professional and unflustered announcer/hostage – last time we saw him he was in a car boot…