This could be one of those posts that you read, the kind that lets the reader think that the writer has moved on, left the room and won’t be back. Some great realisation has happened and things have changed, it’s not you, it’s me.
The reality is that Worcestershire Film Festival will be taking a break. There won’t be a show this year, 2016. There are several reasons for this, but the main elements are sustainability and capacity.
Big words, but what does it mean? Sustainability comes to two elements – the organisation itself and the business. The organisation is a voluntary organisation and we’ve done a great job, with little means, to put on a series of free to attend film events across Worcestershire. We’ve developed a robust submission process and a balanced programme. What we have not done is really develop the organisation and look for income generation opportunities. It’s a victim of being made by film fans really.
The second part of sustainability is the audience in that there isn’t one. We do see plenty of people attending our events and we are thankful to every single person who takes the time to show up. A lot of these are the filmmakers themselves and that’s great, we’d like to extend it out to film fans, but they seem to be in their minority.
Capacity is really about the projects that we would love to take part in. We have a very small staff team and a few shoulders bear the weight of our events and everything else. Those shoulders are wonderful people. They work incredibly hard to make it all happen. We have promoted positions in the past for help, but sadly have been let down. I know we should persevere, but we haven’t been able to.
What this all amounts to is we’ve put the Festival into ‘sleep mode’ and see how it pans out. We’ll write here after we’ve spent some reflection time and either have a plan or not.