Appeal from Ten Ten: Expansion of ‘Cinema-in-Education’
The Ten Ten Charitable Trust is raising funds on behalf of the Ten Ten Theatre Community Interest Company (no. 06131548) to make a capital investment into filmmaking equipment in support of the project, ‘Cinema-in-Education’.
Cinema-in-Education is a major new innovative platform created by Ten Ten which was launched in January 2017.
How it works… We create high-quality drama-based films that have a social conscience, a moral question or a faith dimension at their heart. These films are then screened on tour in schools, colleges and educational centres using our own high-spec cinema-style projector and screen, and discussions based on the films are led by employed facilitators who tour the UK.
What we have already done… In 2017, we invested heavily to produce 4 films which helped to launch Cinema-in-Education. These films were age-appropriately aimed at young people between 11-18 years old and covered issues with a moral, faith and social dimension. They were subsequently seen by over 30,000 young people in cinema-sessions run by Ten Ten throughout the UK, receiving great acclaim. Bookings for 2018 have increased on the previous year. One film, “Babies”, was also critically recognised, receiving Second Prize in the Best Film category at the ‘The 32nd International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival (KSF Niepokalana 2017 )’
The impact… Having run ‘theatre-in-education’ sessions with young people for over 10 years, we were cautious about the change to film. However, we have received widespread positive feedback about the change in format. Young people and their teachers tell us of the impact of our cinema-in-education sessions. Unlike YouTube content which young people consume and dispose of at a fast rate, the Ten Ten film sessions are highly-focused viewings, designed to demand full engagement. We have been told that we have not only successfully transformed our work from theatre to cinema, but that the levels of engagement have increased as a result.
What we plan to create… In 2018, we plan to make three films which will form part of our cinema-in-eduction schools work. In the long-term, as our skillset develops, we plan to produce more ambitious film projects both within the education system and for a wider secular audience. We want to harness the potential power that digital innovation has put into the hands of filmmakers in order to produce challenging drama content with a moral, social or faith dimension. This means that our stable of projects will grow as we learn, teach others and take inspiration from industry-leaders.
To expand Cinema-in-Education we need to create more content. To do this, we do not want to be hindered by the restrictions of project funding, so we would like to make a capital investment in filmmaking equipment. This would have two significant impacts: our long-term costs would be considerably less because consistently hiring gear and freelance operators is ultimately a loss-making venture; and by having access to equipment, our craft as filmmakers will increase significantly, thus giving us the potential to create better, stronger and more impactful content in the future.
We plan to make the first short film with the new gear in Spring 2018, and the other two short films by August 2018. However, this investment would be for the long-term future with financial and creative benefits for many years to come.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The following indicators will be signs of success:
- An increase in production output on previous years
- Lower production costs
- Improved filmmaking craft for the Ten Ten team
- Increase in bookings in schools for Cinema-in-Education, plus further expansion in prisons, churches and communities
- Critical success such as film festival recognition, awards and positive reviews
– Applications to the value of £24,000 have been made to grant-making trusts
– We hope to raise £2,650 (10% of the total budget) through donations from friends and supporters of Ten Ten.
Funding received as at 2 April 2018:
(includes income from regular donors over a four-month period from Jan to April 2018, plus £764 surplus from a previous project)
Status as at 2 April 2018:
The fundraising campaign has now completed. We are still waiting decisions from the trust funds we have applied to, but we are delighted to have raised 10% of the total budget from our friends and supporters. Thank you!