Our guest blogger Ryan Curtis is back with his third blog post about his somewhereto_ film project, Impact. Read on to find out about his ups and downs in trying to create his very own film festival…
Developing Impact- Making it Happen
After a good few weeks of just solid thinking we finally had a strong idea, all we had to do now was make it happen. As a somewhereto_project, Impact was going to be run as a non-profit organisation. As a non-profit I knew we would have to rely heavily on external resources and call in A LOT of favours.
It was apparent to us that there was a few things that were going to be needed if this as ever going to become an annual event. Firstly we needed a venue, this would need to be somewhere easily accessible, appealing to our target audience and just the right size; with a little help from Rebecca and our own student knowledge we knew it had to be Hyde Park Picture House, as this iconic venue ticked all the boxes.
Next was the documentary films that were to be entered by the many talented film makers around Yorkshire, but just how do we go about getting their attention? Well, we simply had to take advantage of the connections and knowledge we already had, one by one we contacted every University in Yorkshire letting their film courses know about Impact Yorkshire; and how they could and, more importantly, why they should get involved. Although I found myself doing this a lot during this experience as my first event ,it’s safe to say waiting on submissions to come in was where I found myself bricking it the most, however we did get what we needed and more with interest from Canada and a submission from Prague!
Lastly as the event was going to be competition based we needed credible judges, this hands down required the most work in terms of countless emails and asking friends of friends of friends…of friends, but eventually this was achieved, of course not without the expected last minute madness that seems to happen so often with planning.
But there we had it, the essentials for what would make Impact Yorkshire. A fun, exciting, interesting yet extremely stressful experience that had taught me great deal and this was just the half of it.
The film embedded in this blog is a really interesting doc/drama submitted to the festival, it is based completely on real events and aims to create awareness around knife crime in youths. Enjoy.