Help us send Lepidopterist to film festivals!

by Sophie Black in Belper, England, United Kingdom

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Help us raise enough funds to send our insect-themed Sci-Fi film to festivals - and grab some of our exclusive merchandise in the process!

by Sophie Black in Belper, England, United Kingdom

WHAT IS LEPIDOPTERIST?

A young entomologist drives away from a lab with something in the back of her van - but what does it contain? What follows is a tense adventure story about the lengths we can go to to protect the things we love. Lepidopterist is a magical Sci-Fi film with underlying themes about man's relationship with nature. Please watch the campaign video above to find out more.

Lepidopterist was originally made (and released as 'FIFTY/FIFTY') as part of the Sci-Fi London 48hr Film Challenge, but we loved the film so much that we wanted to spend more time with the characters, teasing out their story in the edit, adding back the deleted scenes, and making the VFX even better than before. We believe that the finished result is the definitive version of the film, and one which we'd love to see on the big screen.

This was a self-funded film; it was made on a wing and a prayer, through the dedication of some brilliant actors and filmmakers, and we do not have the budget to complete the film's journey on our own. With your help, we can share Lepidopterist with audiences across the world, as it's our intention to send it to as many film festivals as possible.

The crew on the set of Lepidopterist - Photo by Richard Parker

WHO ARE WE?

Lepidopterist was made through a collaboration between two UK film production companies, Triskelle Pictures and Toothpix - both of which have a strong track record of creating genre-based short films. Our previous works have been screened at festivals across the world, including the BAFTA-recognised Raindance and LSFF, and have won numerous awards. Most importantly, people have enjoyed watching our films and we've loved hearing what they had to say. We want to give Lepidopterist the same treatment as our previous films, to help it have the same journey, and to connect it with audiences who love a good story.

You can see examples of our previous work in director Sophie Black's showreel: https://vimeo.com/256310085 

WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE IN RETURN?

We don't just rely on your generosity - we want you to receive rewards that you'll actually love. So for this campaign, as well as offering the usual shout-outs and digital copies of the film, we've teamed up with some brilliant local artists to create our exclusive merchandise. We want to use this campaign as an opportunity to support and share the great work that those artists do, as well as promoting our film. 

Below is an example of our merchandise, designed by Grace Moth - one of the three amazing artists who contributed to this campaign.

Exclusive merchandise designed by Grace Moth

As well as the physical rewards, we'll be unlocking 'public rewards' throughout the campaign, including video interviews with some of our cast and crew, and also the film's teaser trailer. Keep an eye out for these on our YouTube channel and social media pages, whenever the campaign reaches a new milestone.

WHAT IF YOU CAN'T DONATE?

We understand that times are difficult. It was never our intention to run this campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic, with arts-related businesses among the worst effected, financially. But we hope that the campaign and related video content will provide a little entertainment to those in Lockdown, and that it will give us the opportunity to connect with our existing and new followers. (We're always happy to chat with you guys on social media!)

So if you can't afford to donate to the campaign right now, we understand completely. Any shares you can give the campaign - through social media or word of mouth - will be just as appreciated.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ OUR STORY. NOW, LET'S GET THIS BEAUTIFUL & BELOVED LITTLE FILM SENT TO FESTIVALS!

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