JoAnna Short Film

by Iryna Poplavska and Lucy Eddington in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,060

£5,000 target 31 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 14th July 2024 at 7:00pm

When you see something broken, how do you respond? Do you chuck it out, or see the beauty beyond? Donate and figure it out with us :)

by Iryna Poplavska and Lucy Eddington in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

What is "JoAnna" about?

JoAnna is a short fictional drama about loneliness, human connection and healing, following a young artist trying to find true closeness in the digital world. 

Anna moves from Ukraine to London to pursue her dream: to be a writer. One day, she finds her  neighbour, Jo, in their garden and something unusual catches her eye. From this moment on, nothing for Anna will ever be the same again. 

What actually happened in the garden? Will Anna ever be able to write again? Who is Jo who lives upstairs?  

Why our story is important?

In an increasingly digital and disconnected world, everyone is going through something. However, who we become as a result is what really matters. "JoAnna" shows we can choose to find light, both around us and from within, even when things seem completely dark, and that choice is powerful and brave. 

We hope to create a truthful representation about what it feels like to be lonely, to be craving closeness but terrified of taking that risk. 

Join us!

To bring this powerful story to the big screen we need your help! We are two graduating students trying to create something new and interesting as we come into the industry. However, whilst we have tons of ideas, passion and dedication, making a film costs money. Therefore, we would be incredibly grateful for any donations which will make this journey possible.

Who are we?

We are two students graduating from the MA Acting For Screen course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, currently in pre-production for our new short film “JoAnna”! We can’t wait to bring our vision to life!

Iryna Poplavska - director 

Iryna is the direct1717076514_b676auue.jpgor, co-producer, and one of the actors of “JoAnna”. Iryna is from Ukraine where her acting career was taking off. Straight after getting her BA in Acting, she got the main part in the Ukrainian adaptation of the Columbian popular series “Ugly Betty".

From that moment on, Iryna realized how much she loved filmmaking and started to think about getting a proper screen acting education to boost her skills. The war made Iryna move abroad and start everything from scratch. She got a place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the MA Acting for Screen course which became an amazing opportunity for her to widen her perception of cinematography and her role in it. Iryna is an ambitious and passionate upcoming director who is keen to create her first short film with an outstanding and inspirational message!

Lucy Eddington - writer

Lucy is1717076579_lk421607.jpg the writer and co-producer of "JoAnna" and cannot wait to bring the weird and wonderful character of Anna to life! Lucy trained in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York and threw herself into the creative community around her, working on 13 short films and 15 theatre shows in 3 years, along with 2 performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. As a writer, Lucy specializes in complex relationships, subtext, human connection and comedy, aiming to tell stories which evoke real feelings in audiences, whether that is shock, laughter, tears or empathy. She is passionate about how art can make people feel things they had forgotten how to feel and cannot wait to tell a story which has the potential to hit so many different people. Lucy is a creative, dedicated, writer/actor who truly believes the sky is the limit for Jo and Anna!

How will your money help?

All donations will go straight towards the essential production costs that come with developing a short film entirely from scratch. This is anything from finding and supporting a talented crew, sourcing sound and lighting equipment, post-production costs, design elements and much more, all the way down to making sure everyone is well-fed (well-fed crew = happy crew!) and watered on the shooting days. We want to look after our crew with good catering and travel expenses along with making our film look as dynamic and visually interesting as we imagine it to be, with specific props, costumes and a composed score!

To help us reach our goal we have created some exciting rewards! Whilst of course we want people to donate, we also want to bring you along this journey with us. :)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£500 or more

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ONE-OF-A-KIND Handmade Mystery Prop + Exec Credit

Okay... this is the biggest and best of our rewards. This prop is not only essential to the plot of "JoAnna" but also a hero of our story on its own. It will be specifically designed for our film and hand painted by Anna. This item represents everything "JoAnna" is about, and... it will make you smile every time you see it :) You'll also receive all the Executive Producer benefits too. Words can't describe how grateful we are :) Lucy and Iryna x

£5 or more


Thanks so much for supporting our film! To say thank you, we will give you a shout-out on our Instagram story :)

£10 or more

Insta Shout Out + Thank You Credit

We are so grateful, you'll get not just one thank you, but two!! One on our Instagram story, and one in the film credits, fun right? :)

£20 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Personalised Thank You Postcard

WOW! Thank you, you will receive a handwritten thank you postcard from Lucy and Iryna, with an eye-catching still from the shoot on the front!

£30 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Handmade Crocheted Keyring

Our character Anna, loves to be crafty! If you’d also like to have something to keep from the process, donate this much and you will receive a handmade crocheted keyring, made specifically from a range of designs for you!

£50 or more

Zoom Chat With Iryna and Lucy

We can talk forever... so! If you have any questions for us about the project, director's vision, writing process, characters, or literally anything, come on a call with us :) Furthermore, we have loved our time at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and we can share our experiences and advice on auditioning and getting the most out of your time at drama school :))

£100 or more

Signed Copy of the Screenplay

We really love our story and hope you will too! So get yourself a printed and signed copy of our completed screenplay to hold onto as a lasting memento.

£200 or more

Early Access to the Film!!!11!11!!!!11!!!

WOW WOW WOW what a reward? Want to be one of the first people to lay eyes on the finished film of "JoAnna"??? If you donate this much you will receive a private early access link.........

£300 or more

Associate Producer Credit

Recognised as hugely appreciated supporter of our project, you will receive an Associate Producer credit, with special recognition of this role in the credits. Not only this, but you will also get early access to the film and a handwritten thank you postcard from us. We are so so grateful!

£400 or more


If you help us this much, wow, just wow. You will get a special Executive Producer credit on the film to recognize you incredible support, along with early access to the film and a personalized thank you card. And finally, you will always hold a special place in our hearts

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