Catford lost its last cinema back in the 1990s shamefully leaving Lewisham as the only London Borough without a single purpose built cinema. Catford Film are a community group which screens films at monthly events at venues across SE6.
They have ambitions to expand and are planning ‘Catford’s first free film festival’ this summer. Catford Film Festival is now on Spacehive to raise money. Crowd funding platforms have become an increasingly popular way of supporting local businesses and time-limited one off spectaculars.
See some of their pitch below, and should you be impressed with their ambition, you can find out more and possibly support them financially by clicking on the Spacehive link above.
“As well as our regular screenings at the Catford Constitutional, we are also preparing more ambitious screenings in the area such as our open air screening of Singalong Grease on Culverley Green in May, and a much bigger project to hold Catford’s first film festival in September.
“Our first outdoor screening in May, on Culverley Green Catford will be a fun for all the family event, screening the singalong version of Grease. We are planning a few surprises on the night, with food and drink facilities (licensed bar). This event will be free to the public, so we are expecting people to bring their singing voices and dancing shoes and enjoy this exciting community event with their neighbours and fellow wannabe John Travoltas and Olivia Newton Johns. The great news is that this event has been funded with the help of the South Catford Assembly.
“The most exciting and ambitious event for Catford film this year will be the proposed FREE film festival in September. This will be a “free to the public” event, celebrating film across a variety of venues in the area. We want to make use of those unusual open spaces and turn them into fantastic open air cinemas every night for a whole week.
“To make sure these great events can happen we have started a crowd funding campaign on Spacehive under the banner CATFORD FILM FESTIVAL. The support through this campaign will help us to pay for the licences and promotional literature required to provide a unique and exciting year for film in Catford. We hope that the interest from the community in this campaign will provoke a favourable response from other funding bodies to ensure the festival goes ahead, and we can stake our position firmly within Catford growing artistic community.”