I am just about back in the land of the living after last weekend. The festival definitely built on what we achieved last year and if half our plans come to fruition for 2015 we will continue to grow.
First of all I would like to thank some people. During the awards evening I confessed to having a terrible memory for names, so, learning from last year's forgetting to thank a team member, I refused to name names and generally thanked the world at large for being a good egg. I would like to make amends, but in doing so will no doubt get sidetracked and forget an important participant, but here goes.
The event was an amazing experience but one thing struck me as I spoke to people, everyone was smiling.
The Travel and Tourism students led by Dan Baker (lecturer) from LCC were brilliant throughout and took good care of us all, team and delegates alike. The fact that they had a long day, with some of them working a straight 14 hours, didn't stop them smiling.
We raised more money for Cancer research than last year, and although the final figures are not yet known it is in the hundreds, there is still a chance to grab a souvenir brochure which will add to the total. They will be onsale on the website store very soon, I haven't got that far yet.
Thanks to the tech team who were sponsored and run by Clockwork Eye Video Productions. Gareth, Mick and Bruce were challenged this year, mostly because of my showbiz demands, and were working on the presentation all the way through the festival, so it was a good job they had watched all the films during production of the show reels. Without them we would have no festival, thanks also to the college AV leader Jenny Aleksandrowicz who worked quietly behind the scenes to ensure all the hardware worked properly, and help supply the sound equipment for the awards evening.
You all know what John Slemensek does for the festival publicity department with his tweeting and artwork, he comes to the team via sponsors Juju Art Agency who were also VERY much responsible for my hangover. John has made RATMA friends around the world and has visited other small festivals and offered help and encouragement to everyone who meets him, it is as much down to his faith in RATMA and the team as to all the other element put together that has got us into planning our 3rd year.
These are the main team players but not the only ones to thank, there is the college marketing team, the college management, security and housekeeping staff and the Picture House staff who are like the lubrication for the RATMA machine, not seen in the limelight but without whom the festival would just grind to a halt. Thanks to Charles Morris, the owner of the Picture House for giving of his facilities and staff free of charge, the community of Keighley owes this man a massive debt of gratitude for keeping the 100 year old cinema running.
The sponsors this year have been brilliant, Steve Seymore from our main backers The Airedale Shopping Centre has been an inspiration. The pop-up cinema idea came from him and his team. The encouragement and belief, not in what RATMA is, but what it will be, has been a source of extra drive that has spurred us on and will help us to reach out further.
The Star Centre crew, who are soul mates when it comes to vision and motivation. who gave of their time, resources and copious amounts of Costa coffee to keep me going. Also hosted the Thriller/Scifi genre in their amazing facility theatre. If you are thinking of filming a space related film check out their website, it will blow you away.
I would also like to thank and commend the motor vehicle students who helped conceive and develop the RATMA film festival from day one, in the tiny classroom DN09, one dark November morning. During that session, Karl, Liam, Rohman and Abas, along with half a dosen others in the class and I, played around with ideas, ambitions, concepts and names until we were aware that we had overrun the lesson time and accidently created a worldwide phenomenon. These guys came back this year and organised the venues, moved people, equipment and furniture from 8 in the morning to 9,30 in the evening. They managed to cope with arising problems and made sure delegates were happy and where they wanted to be, with a smile and friendly banter. They drained walkie talkie batteries and wore out shoes as they tirelessly nurtured what has become their baby. The RATMA International Film Festival, as it has become, started with their vision, to raise money for Cancer Research UK and make a difference. Karl and Liam were venue managers on the day and Abas was head of projection and sound as well as being one of the best roadies in the team. Rohman was PR again this year and made sure invitations were sent out and the civic reception was organised.
Rohman finished his course last year at LCC and the other three finish their current course this term, but we know we will be relying on them for many years to come.
As for Drystone Radio, it was caught by the RATMA bug from the first meeting with Hollie Cooper during her drivetime show. We were made very welcome in the studio and when Gareth and I explained what we were about to do they insisted that they were allowed to get onboard and help, culminating in live coverage onsite during the festival and some welcome publicity before and after. Thank you guys, there seems to be a lot of film enthusiasts at the station.
On the subject of publicity, thanks in no short measure has to go to The Keighley News who have constantly kept us in the public eye and sponsor the People's Choice Award, which is given to the director whose film was voted for by the delegates. This award means a lot to the festival because it captures the essence of RATMA. Special thanks to Richard Parker and David Knight.
I must also say thank you to the people who came and supported us on the day, the delegates and invited guests along with directors and actors who travelled from far and wide, not least our new friends from Berlin who turned up on Friday night looking for somewhere to sleep, a special thanks to Angela Schuster and Martin Rattke who inspired us to introduce a brand new award this year for the furthest travelled filmmakers. I presented them with a Ratma on Saturday night in front of the photographers, and we will name the trophy after her film "Die Reise" as it means "the Journey", the trophy will be known as Die Reise Award, and will be presented each year.
So finally, to all you filmmakers around the world, I save the final and biggest thank you to you. Without the trust and support of some brilliant and inspiring directors from every corner of our planet we would be watching kittens playing pianos. The event celebrates the skill and mastery of the 10 minute film, something I have grown to recognise and appreciate, without the luxury of time and budget you manage to create such amazing pieces of work. I have had a massively enjoyable time watching them all as they came in, with some I cried, some I laughed out loud, some I just had to share and some I watched again and again. I have become such an enthusiast of the 10 minute film I have become a missionary for the genre, I want everyone I meet to get the same passion for your work.
I am a maths teacher and motor vehicle lecturer but I am beginning to become an expert in a field I had no idea about 2 years ago. I appreciate the genius and subtlety of a good 10 minute film, (in fact anything upto 10 minutes, I think the average run time this year was about 6 minutes), I see how you craft your work and it is just the same when you see a carpenter craft a chair makes you appreciate his skill but is doesn't make the chair less comfy, I can see the skill and beauty in what you do, but it only makes the experience more fulfilling. Thank you for allowing RATMA to thrive on your work, I can't wait to see what you have for us next year. ROLL ON 2015.
here it is;
(- a big thank you)
I am the co-director, event coordinator, manager call it what you like but I am just the facilitator for RATMA. My role is to take ideas, polish them and try to make them reality for RATMA 2014