Kotchebi - Short Film

by B3Media in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th August 2016 we successfully raised £15,095 with 92 supporters in 29 days

A short film exploring the trauma of war, a story of connection and healing between a North Korean child and a Korean War veteran.

by B3Media in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We made it! 

Wow! We can't believe that we made it to 12k! Big shout outs to all of you - for pledging, sharing and believing in the story of Kotchebi. From everyone at the Kotchebi production team - we cannot thank you enough for the massive support you've shown. 

We've reached £12k, what happens now? 

The journey isn't over! 

We are now stretching to raise £15k to cover additional costs such as extra time on post production and submissions to festivals to make Kotchebi the best that it can be! 

Here's a breakdown of what our stretch goal will cover: 

- OUTREACH: We want to get the message of Kotchebi out to as many people as possible - our stretch goal will  help us cover entry and expenses for relevant film festivals.

- POST PRODUCTION: The extra money raised will allow us to have more  time on post-production. Higher quality sound and visuals for our flock to enjoy! 

- SOUNDTRACK: Finally, our stretch goal will allow us to have a beautiful and fitting soundtrack, played on a Daegeum, a Korean wood flute. We would need a bit extra to cover hire and rental costs but it will allow us to have equally as amazing sound as we do visuals!

We still have until the 1pm 17th of August to reach our new target - so please continue with us on this  journey by pledging, and sharing our updates to your friends! 

With very best wishes,

Love Team Kotchebi 


What’s the project?

We want to make a short film exploring the traumas of war.

A story of connection and healing, between a young North Korean refugee and an ageing Korean War veteran – ending on a note of understanding, compassion and hope.

It will be the first ever British-Korean film, telling the untold story of Korea’s “Forgotten War”. And it’s been written and will be directed by In-Sook Chappell, the writer of the critically acclaimed play P’yongyang.

What’s the story?

KOTCHEBI translates as ‘wandering swallow’ – North Korean slang for the orphans who roam the streets searching for food.

The film follows an unlikely friendship between a mysterious young girl and a bereaved old man. On the surface, they have nothing in common, other than living on opposite sides of the same semi-detached house in a typical suburban cul-de-sac. 

Mi Young is a North Korean refugee who doesn’t speak, and Ted is a Korean War veteran. Both are traumatised by memories of extreme violence and burdened with guilt. 

Despite the language barrier, they form a deep emotional connection, finding redemption and healing in each other. 

Part quiet suburban drama, part war film, KOTCHEBI combines the restraint of British cinema with the intensity of Korean cinema. Ambitious, surprising, political and moving.

Why does it matter?

As the story of a young refugee being taken in and shown compassion in Middle England, KOTCHEBI couldn’t be more timely or topical.

Much of what Mi Young has experienced – losing her family, her home, her country and witnessing atrocities - echoes the experiences of millions of Syrian children and other refugees and migrants today.

But it’s also the untold story of ‘The Forgotten War’. Between 1950 -1953 the UK sent 100,000 troops to fight in the Korean War, one of the most brutal conflicts in history – yet many know little about it. Mi Young’s silence serves as a metaphor for the voicelessness of North Korean women and girls.

What’s the money for?

Who’s behind this?

Writer & Director, In-Sook Chappell

Born in South Korea and raised in England, In-Sook’s first play This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre) was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and commissioned as a screenplay by Film4. Her most recent play, P’yongyang, had a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, with 4-star reviews from the Guardian, Times and Evening Standard (amongst others) – and she is currently writing for the Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre.

Producer, Ameenah Ayub Allen

An award-winning producer with over ten years experience in the British film industry, Ameenah's credits include the BIFA nominated short film The Road Home. Senior production credits include Clio Barnard’s BAFTA nominated feature The Selfish Giant and Film4/Sony Pictures’ Brick Lane. In 2014 she set up Bright Wire Films with Meg Clark and they have several diverse features in development.

Line Producer, Sara Jimenez Criado

A graduate of London’s Royal Holloway, Sara has developed and produced short films and web series' in both the UK and Spain, including the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Illy Prize-winning short Rate Me, which was also nominated for the 2015 Queer Palm Award and received an Honourable Mention at the Toronto Film Festival.

Cinematographer, Craig Dean Devine

Craig studied cinematography under Brian Tufano (TrainspottingBilly Elliot) and Lol Crawley BSC (BallastFour Lions) at the National Film and Television School. On graduation, he won the Panalux Cinematography Award for his work on The Friday Fund. Craig shot Aleem Khan’s BAFTA nominated short film Three Brothers and was recently profiled by the British Cinematographers Society magazine as ‘One To Watch’.

1st Assistant Director, Charlotte Hill

Charlotte graduated from Westminster University with a 1st class honours degree in Film and Television Production. She was 2nd Assistant Director on the feature film Chicken, 3rd Assistant Director on the BAFTA-nominated feature Kajaki: The True Story and 1st Assistant Director on the award-winning London Calling Short film Above and the micro budget feature Chubby Funny. She’s just finished working as Producer and Director’s Assistant on the feature film My Cousin Rachel.

2nd Assistant Director/ Production Assistant, Minhee Yeo

Minhee is an actress and world traveller with endless curiosity about ‘people’ and languages. Her passion is for sharing stories from all over the world and she is a trained Medical Anthropologist. You can often find her on yoga mat.

Production Manager, Shazad Khalid

Having previously worked with B3 Media on numerous occasions he officially joined the B3 Team as production coordinator in 2013 after graduating in Photography Media Arts. Has worked on a number of short films and projects around the theme of cultural identity and gained a keen interest in this field, which reflects in ongoing works. He works closely with Marc and the B3 Media team in developing and executing their projects/ programmes such as TalentLab, L8 Unseen, #HacktheArtist and most recently Gambiarra Lab.

Casting Director, Lotte Hines

Lotte was the Deputy Casting Director at the Royal Court Theatre between 2007 and 2014. Her Casting Director credits include Dirty Butterfly (The Young Vic) Pests (Clean Break / Royal Court), The Island (The Young Vic) The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Absence of War (Headlong) Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong) Brenda (HighTide Festival / The Yard Theatre), La Musica (The Young Vic) and The Weir (The Lyceum Edinburgh).

Executive Producer, Marc Boothe

Marc is the founder and creative director of B3 Media: an arts network that helps Black and Minority Ethnic artists tell their stories through digital film, visual arts, new media and spoken word. He produces Talentlab, a successful talent development incubator. He recently delivered L8 Unseen for the Museum of Liverpool, a mixed media exhibition which brought over 420,000 visitors to the site.  Previously, Marc worked as a Senior Executive at UK Film Council (New Cinema Fund) and the Bank of England.

B3 Media

B3 makes connections between Britain's multicultural communities and its creative industries. We help creative Black and Minority Ethnic artists develop, produce and distribute their work, from the first spark of an idea through to the first showing and beyond – with development labs, workshops, screenings, talks, networking events and more.

In the last four years, our outstanding alumni have appeared on the long and short list as well as winning awards from major international festivals. We are proud of our track record and look forward to producing ever more successful projects.

Find out more at b3media.net or find us on Facebook and Twitter @b3media

Why crowdfunding?

We believe KOTCHEBI is a really important film, that’s going to strike a chord with many people – and crowdfunding gives everyone the chance to play a concrete part in bringing this story to life.

It also gives us the freedom to be true to In-Sook’s vision for the film, and do justice to her beautiful story.

What’s in it for you?

Above all, you’ll have the joy of knowing you helped make this film happen – even if you can only give £5. We’ll thank you with things like shout outs on social media, copies of the film and signed artworks by the writer/director.

But if you’re feeling especially generous or want to play an even bigger role, you could see your name in the closing credits, meet the cast and creative team and get the VIP treatment at a private screening.

***Travel and expenses not included in rewards, delivery times for physical items may vary, please get in touch for further information***

**LIMITED EDITION POSTER PRINT by JON DANIEL, Classically trained as a graphic designer, Jon Daniel is a British-born, award-winning creative of African Caribbean heritage. In a career spanning over twenty-five years working in the fields of branding, design and visual communications, he has worked as an art director for many of London's leading advertising agencies; co-founded and served as Executive Creative Director with two creative companies; writes a regular monthly column called ‘4 Corners’ for the UK’s leading design news platform, Design Week.**

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How can you help?

By making a pledge

Whether it’s £5 or £1,000 – whatever you can spare can and will make a difference.

By spreading the word

Mention us on social media, with the hashtag #Kotchebi and a link to this page – or share and retweet our posts.

You can also follow, share and like us on Twitter and Facebook.

And replace your cover image with our ‘Campaign Supporter’ image (which you'll receive with every pledge). Don’t forget to include a link back to this page.

By making connections

Do you have any friends who work in media, or have their own blog or radio show? Put us in touch. Send them a link to our Crowdfunder or get them to contact us direct via email.

Call to action:

Help us change the way the world thinks about refugees – and tell the untold story of Korea’s “Forgotten War”

Make a pledge today.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

JOIN THE FLOCK You’ll get a personal shout out from us, on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

CHILEAN SWALLOW You’ll get your own digital copy of the film, a personal shout out from us on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

BLUE SWALLOW You’ll get your own ‘Kotchebi’ postcard (A5), signed by writer/ director In-Sook Chappell and the creative team, your own digital copy of the film, personal shout out on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

WELCOME SWALLOW You’ll get your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) a digital copy of the film poster (designed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool), a personal shout out on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

WELCOME SWALLOW MUSIC LOVER BONUS: 2x Tickets to Youn Sun Nah’s concert as part of the London Korean Music Festival 2016 You’ll get your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) a digital copy of the film poster (designed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool), a personal shout out on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

SAND MARTIN You’ll get a 'Thank you' credit at end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) Limited Edition of the film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool, a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter' cover image for your Facebook.

£125 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£125 Reward

SAND MARTIN MOVIE MOGUL BONUS: Day pass to Encounters Film Festival in Bristol with an exclusive swag bag and a drink with the festival director! You’ll get a 'Thank you' credit at end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) Limited Edition of the film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool, a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter' cover image for your Facebook.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

SAND MARTIN PREMIUM BONUS: Replica Korean War Medals from the set of Kotchebi and an exclusive set photograph signed by the creative team. You’ll get a 'Thank you' credit at end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) Limited Edition of the film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool, a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter' cover image for your Facebook.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

SAND MARTIN DELUXE BONUS: Handmade photo album from the set of Kotchebi filled with exclusive set photographs and signed by the creative team. You’ll get a 'Thank you' credit at end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) Limited Edition of the film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool, a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter' cover image for your Facebook.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

BARN SWALLOW Tickets for you and a guest to our cast and crew screening at Picturehouse Central in London, a 'Thank you' credit at the end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.), Limited Edition film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Musem of Liverpool, a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter'.

£500 or more

4 of 8 claimed

£500 Reward

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW You’ll get tickets for you and a guest to our special private screening for high pledgers in a secret London location with the main creative team, shared 'Advocate' credit at the end of the film, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.) Limited Edition film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool), a personal shout out on social media and our special 'Campaign Supporter' cover image for your Facebook. An interview with writer/ director In-Sook Chappell, which we’ll feature on the Kotchebi blog.

£1,000 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£1,000 Reward

ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN You'll get a prominent credit at the end of the film as an Executive Producer, tickets for you and a guest to our special private screening for high pledgers in a secret London location with the main creative team, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc) and a Limited Edition film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool), a personal shout out on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook. Three sessions with B3 Media's founder and creative producer Marc Boothe, who will offer mentoring support and advice to help you get your own creative project off the ground.

£2,000 or more

5 of 4 claimed

£2,000 Reward

EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN You’ll get an 'In Association with...' opening credit to the film, a clapperboard from the shoot signed by the cast and crew, tickets for you and a guest to our special private screening for high pledgers in a secret London location with the main creative team, your own DVD of the film with bonus extras (behind the scenes, interviews, etc.), an authentic Korean dinner for you and a guest with In-Sook Chappell at her favourite restaurant, a Limited Edition film poster (designed and signed by Jon Daniel, whose work is currently on show at the Museum of Liverpool), artwork signed by the writer/director, a personal shout out on social media and our special ‘Campaign Supporter’ cover image for your Facebook.

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