Local filmmakers launch campaign

A GROUP of local young filmmakers have just launched a Fund It campaign for their new production Ceol that will be filmed in the Carlow and Laois area starting this August.

A GROUP of local young filmmakers have just launched a Fund It campaign for their new production Ceol that will be filmed in the Carlow and Laois area starting this August.

Fund It is an all-island crowd funding website for Ireland’s creative projects, giving everyone the power to help good ideas happen. Since launching last year, Fund It has helped fund nearly 40 Irish films.

Ceol is the first film set in Carlow to launch a campaign on the site and the group hope to raise a total of €1,000 over the 21 days of the campaign which kicked off on July 17. The short film follows a traditional Irish music group, an American couple and their adventures in the Irish countryside. Starring in the film will be a number of local actors and a number of local locations will also be used.

The founding members of Knockbeg College Film Society, who over the past five years have won numerous film competitions and festival prizes, are coordinating this project. The filmmakers recently won first prize in the prestigious Short Film Competition organised by Carlow African Film Festival.

This new venture has already received a grant from Laois County Council and a donation from the Knockbeg College Parents’ Council. A fundraising raffle was also held in May. The Fund It campaign aims to raise additional funding in order to feed and transport the cast and crew, rent equipment and source costumes and props. As an incentive to pledge towards Ceol on Fund it, a series of unique rewards are on offer for the various funding levels. Backers of the film can pledge between €5 and €500 towards this unique production

Fund It is an ‘all or nothing’ crowd funding website meaning the group must raise over €1000 or they will receive no funding at all. Any contributions will help with equipment rental, transport, costumes and promotion of the film. With a whole series of rewards on offer, all donations will help fund the production and also will ensure backers get everything from a DVD of the film to an elusive Associate Producer credit. If you want to help Ceol hit its target, visit www.fundit.ie/project/ceol-short-film.