I'm sure it was Oscar Wilde who said "There is one thing worse than being talked about, and that's NOT being talked about.." I understand the sentiment but I don't find being talked about is bad at all, because when the people are saying kind things about you it can be the most encouraging thing in the world.
I would like to thank ALL the support we are getting from around the world, from companies that support us financially and otherwise, to the people who re-tweet our twitterings and spread the word virtually. This week Heather Whiston mentioned us in the blog www.theculturevulture.co.uk and it made me consider what we are about. Are we all things to all men or do we have an clear agenda?
We are a bifocal event with two clear purposes. Firstly, we have an aim to raise money and awareness for cancer research and we make no apology for this, cancer is a disease that will effect us all at some point in our lives either directly or by association and the more research that is done into the prevention, treatment and cures the better. Secondly, we are providing a platform for very short film-makers around the world to show their films the way they should be seen, in-front of a live audience and on the big-screen, without getting lost or overlooked among longer films.
There also has been some consequential benefits and ripples created by RATMA that we hadn't particularly foreseen and it was these other effects that I was prompted to consider.
The focuses of the festival have touched peoples lives in different ways, we get fantastic reactions and support from you filmmakers and we have friends from Cuba to Sweden from Ecuador to the Philippines and from LA to Moscow. The 10 minute limit was inspired by popular culture but we have tapped into a rich vein of creativity which has a right to be seen and has a place in the film industry. I have discovered that you have to be very clever to pack a story into a 10 minute frame, you have to be cunning to find a way of making your films without compromise and you have to be some of the most inventive and passionate people I have ever come into contact with, and I am so grateful that our festival has been accepted and moulded by you all into the event it is.
I have also been touched by the way enthusiastic support comes from the places you least expect it. Sometimes it is because we are so determined to tackle the issues of cancer and this speaks to people on a personal or philanthropic level, sometimes its art lovers looking for something different and free thinking.
But sometimes it is because we are promoting young people, our students, as an inspiration to society instead of believing that "the youth of today" are ungrateful, undisciplined and thoughtless as many would have us believe. Remember this film festival was the brainchild of 17 - 19 year old Motor Vehicle students who just want to make a small difference in an area they would normally feel hopeless, and it is the constant support of you all that has shown them that you believe they are making that difference and that it is worth the effort.
THANK YOU ALL
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