Loaves and Fishes

This is a heartfelt plea to those of you who enjoy the Festival and who would like to attend such gatherings in future to “own” the Festival.

We need a minimum of R3,000,000 (three million Rand) a year to achieve all the annual activities we have planned. A million bucks isn’t, well, shouldn’t be, all that hard to raise. We began this a few years ago using the simple equation of dividing 1 million by 120 (being a donation of R10 for a year) and arriving at 8333. We have had a modicum of success. Now we have upped the ante and are asking for R200 a year and so the new equation is: 5000 people donate R17 a month (R200 a year) and we’ll have R1,000,000.

We think that 8333 is catchier, more memorable, than 5000, so we’ve kept the name.

Spare what you can, but a R50 monthly donation from every Festival-goer will fund the entire Festival next year.

Set up a debit order with your bank – your contribution can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually.You can download a debit order form here, and email, fax or post back to us:

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Please do let us know if you’ve set up a debit order, or have made a deposit so that we can check that we actually receive the funds. These things sometimes do go awry.

Our banking details are as follows:

Bank: Standard Bank
Branch Code: 020009
Account Number: 070 034 842
Please Quote Reference: Your full name & 5000

Please remember to quote your full name and “5000″ in the reference block, as we do not receive this information from the remitting bank.

You will be supporting:

  • the Main Festival in Jhb and CT: a 22 day Festival, with over 100 screenings of between 25 and 35 feature films and shorts from around the world.
  • 4 Satellite Festivals: we’ve been to Bloemfontein, George, Grahamstown, Pretoria, Potchefstroom, Ermelo, Kimberley and Pietermaritzburg. In 2008 we’ve already been to Mafikeng and Kimberley and will be supporting the Pmb Gay & Lesbian Network durimng their Pride celebrations late this year. We are looking at possibly going to Umtata, Port Elizabeth or Nelspruit in future.
  • a Filmmaking workshop: ensuring that South African queer films, no matter how short, are made. Since 2004 we have had 4 workshops and have produced 20 short films of varying length. All of these films have travelled the world, screening at G&L and alternative film festivals.
  • the Video Suitcase: delivering queer films on VHS and DVD to communities and countries where no queer literature is available and where, more often than not, queers are punished for their sexual orientation.

Better than any bank – we are inspired and motivated, and with more money we’ll go further, faster.

Keep an eye on our 8333 category for giveaways and special offers for our loyal 8333/5000 members.

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