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On 20th July 2020 we successfully raised £3,295 with 115 supporters in 27 days

Welcome to Show Time, a short film about a play that goes wrong, mixing comedy with drama and a whole lot of fun vibes!

by The National Youth Film Academy in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A big big thank you to all who have donated so far from all of us at ShowTime! Thank you to all our loyal fans for believing in us :)

Your donations are very much appreciated by all of us, so much so that we feel the need to bring you the best version of our film as we possibly can! As you may know, our main location is a Theatre stage and due to the current situation, Theatres are difficult to find and expensive to hire. But we really want to support one of them with a fair fee and this is why we have extended our target to £4k. This is also a way for you to know your money will be well used and will help support the arts whether it is film or theatre. 

We count on you to help us support them!


In these dark times, we bring you a little light. Welcome to Show Time.

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Whilst Show Time is the name of our film, it is also the name of the play our characters are desperately setting up. 

At the heart of it all is Hector, trying to direct the play of his life, from farm boy to film director, surrounded by a cast and crew of unique personalities each looking for a bit of fun. As the live-streamed play unfolds, it starts to take a life of its own, mixing comedy and musical elements, all leading up to a chaotic finale. 

By letting our audience in on the universe of what happens backstage, we gain a first-hand access to the flirty technicians, the zen prop master and amateur actors with their quirks and duties, following a seamless story on stage and another one off-stage, as both become increasingly intertwined. 

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This film is especially important in those trying times, as it is a film about coming together amidst the chaos around us. As a comedy with musical elements, it is aimed to keep spirits high and be enjoyed with family and friends. We hope you enjoy it in front of your screen cosed-up under a blanket with a big bowl of pop corns and surrounded by the people you love!


This film is also aimed at all the dreamers of this world, like the director of our play who desperately want success, as a reminder that life never turns out the way we plan and sometimes ends up surprising us in the best ways. So for the dreamers out there, life is a… well you can figure out the end.


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In this film you will see many different colours represented by each character, however red is the key to show our protagonist’s desire and obstacles. His childhood dream has finally come to stage portrayed by bold and wild colours. The crew operating in the wings and backstage will be lit from the stage to still show their specific and unique colour even in a darker place. The purpose is to set up a real live show streaming in a theatre.

After coming up with these elements, Show Time drives us to Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums, which also uses particular colours and presents the world that we hope to build up as a vivid, playful and interesting world. 


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 Hiring a working actor


Help us get our hero on stage with us! As one of the challenges, we were asked to find a 40+ years old actor and in the story he will play the director of the play. So we decided to dream big and ask for an actor from EastEnders. Can you guess who it is?If you love the show as much as we do, help us bring him on set for the role with your donation, so we can have enough money to make our dreams come true!

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Show Time has started production in May 2020 as part of the National Youth Film Academy Set Ready course, and whist in lockdown, all our team has been e-meeting with a religious consistency to produce the best work we possibly can. We want to make sure the quality of the film is not compromised by the current situations and are working hard with the resources we have and our team of 15 talented young filmmakers and actors. 

This is why we take your donations very seriously. We know these are trying times which make your donations even more appreciated. Our dedicated production team have been working tirelessly on our budget breakdown to best utilise the money we receive and treat it with the consideration it deserves.

Below is our plan on how we will use the money we receive. Don’t forget to have a look at the rewards we offer for the donations you provide!


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Donations are a big part of what will make the film go forward and enable us to realise our vision and deliver to you the best version of the fil, we possibly can! By donating you become part of our team and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome you on board with us, along this incredible journey. 

However, we do know not everybody is able to contribute financially which is why, if you still want to support us, we have a solution for you! A big part of this film is its social media presence, on Facebook, Instagram, but also and mainly on TikTok. By watching our videos, sharing our content and following our pages you are helping us spread the word about our film and making our fun spirit and positivity reach to a wider audience. On our TikToks, you will find the accounts of each one of our characters in the film, be able to follow them all throughout their journey, from the audition for the play, to interviews, daily life activities and hilarious quirks. Our Instagram and Facebook pages will also keep you updated on the progress of the film.

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A person smiling for the camera  Description automatically generatedHi everyone! My name is Laetitia Leven and I am the Producer of Show Time. My previous experience in film include producing an action short film with the UCL Film Society, which taught me to keep to a tight budget and schedule, lead several teams as well as communicate effectively with everyone. My background in acting and management, enable me to combine both the creative and financial control skills into my production work. The best part of my job is I get to meet and work with so many different people with unique personalities which always brings new perspectives to the project at hand. What I love about this film is the positive energy it conveys, especially with the musical pieces and comedy aspect. The characters are all very goofy and quirky which adds to the fun of it.  


A person in a green shirt  Description automatically generatedHi my name is Tom and I am Comedy Director who won Best New British Director at Winchester Film Festival for my film Disco Dynamite. I currently study ‘Directing Commercials’ at the NFTS and work as a freelance music video director. I love to use comedy - laughter is a great way to tackle subjects that are often challenging. It makes pain more bearable. It also lets us say things that are a little more risqué and often is a way of expressing one's own vulnerabilities and insecurities.


A close up of a person  Description automatically generatedHi, my name is Lilly and I’ve always loved writing scripts and creating characters. I have written scripts about dystopian societies and spin-offs from movies I liked, and I love writing drama scripts with a twist of romance and thrill. I'm eager to work on this film because writing the script has been so inspiring, hearing different people's views on where the storyline should be heading and working in such close contact with my backstage team has been so great. I really like the comedy aspect of this film and like the style we have chosen due to how it can create brilliant moments of short dialogue and develop characters well.


A close up of a person  Description automatically generatedHello, my name is Josh Morrison and I am the Assistant Director for Show Time. Having recently co-produced the NYADO MTE Series based on shining a light on philanthropists through social media. My goal now is to move into short films. This film, for me, is about sharing new perspectives and realities. Today we live in a world filled with a plethora of societal pressures, to be a certain way or live up to a certain image. Especially when it comes to gaining our parents or elders respect and acceptance. Showtime hopes to make a statement that: "No matter where you come from. Whether a farmer, builder or gardener you can change your circumstances and become anything you visualise even if that is a theatre director."

A person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera  Description automatically generatedHi, my name is Zoya, I am from Taiwan. I found my lifelong passion in bringing characters’ inner-life to screen and creating emotional intimacy of our shared human experience with my documentary On The Road in India in 2016. It won the best short film award from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. As I attended the discussions for Show Time, I could feel the passion building up in our group. Show Time is also a personal story showing we all have a dream and desire we want to accomplish, for ourselves but also for the people we love. As a cinematographer, it will be a great challenge to capture all the characters and their personalities at once. I love a good drama and comedy, which inspires the audience and create fun and this film is all this at once. And we are more than ready to make it happen!

A person with collar shirt  Description automatically generatedMy name is Stephanie Rutherford and I am an alumna of the BFI Future Film Academy and film student at UCA Farnham. I specialise in sound recordist and sound design. Music and films have always been a big part of my life since I was young. I grew up playing instruments and my childhood home was always filled with music. I decided to work in film as I love using different mediums to help spread diverse stories and enhancing them with sound. I plan to continue working on fictional films, documentary filmmaking and sound-based installations in the future. As a fan of theatre and ensemble films, I’m excited to be part of this ambitious short comedy. I believe that the range of personalities and talent from this cast and crew will pull together the layered piece. This will also show how contemporary artists are using technology to make theatre more accessible and reflect how theatres have and continue to do this.

A person looking at the camera  Description automatically generatedMy name is David Diaz and I started his journey in films because I loved the idea of working on a creative project along with a team of really talented people.
 I was a runner on a National Youth Film Academy 1K Challenge short Loup Garoux, as well as responsible for sound recording and have kept with the organisation ever since. I'm really excited to work on Show Time because it'll be my first proper filming experience. It's thrilling to have been a part of the group and film idea since the very beginning and everyone I've worked with so far has been tremendously kind and supportive. The concept for it sounds like it'll be a really fun time to both watch and make, so I can't wait to get into it.


A person posing for the camera  Description automatically generatedHi, I’m Anna and I am a filmmaker and actor working in stage and screen. I graduated from Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) at Buckinghamshire New University in 2018, and have tried various different filmmaking roles from acting, writing, directing, editing to being camera operator and art designer.  In 2018, I co-founded Hungry Dog Theatre company, which enabled me to stage and direct The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley. I really wanted to focus on the characters, using them to drive the story and bringing the set to life as a character of its own. I also self-taught in SFX makeup and documented my work in a Halloween-themed series posted on YouTube and Vimeo in 2010.


A person smiling for the camera  Description automatically generatedHi, my name is Katrina Rose and I am an actor, composer and writer from the South West of England. I am co-writer for the Film Show Time and create some of the music elements for it. I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and I created an online musical called Paused (2020) released this quarantine. I appeared on stage in the premier national tour of 10 Days that Shook the World which I also helped to write and compose, winning 'Best New Writing' at the 2019 Liverpool Fringe and 'Best Supporting Actress' in the 2019 FilmRacing awards.

A close up of a person  Description automatically generatedHi, my name is David Woolcott. and I am an aspiring actor with a driveling passion to make a positive change within society. I see this film as a great opportunity to explore the capabilities of a new and ground-breaking social networking platform called TikTok. The Chinese Video sharing network service allows people to share amusing videos all over the world, gaining people huge amounts of views, likes and followers. In order to draw attention and viewers to our short film, I believe that it is vital that we use TikTok to our advantage and create short relevant videos that will intrigue our target audience and encourage them to want to find out more about our story.


A person wearing a red shirt  Description automatically generatedCyrill completed a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music under a full scholarship.  He has gone on to perform at a number of major venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St John’s Smith Square in London and the Philharmonie in Berlin. Cyrill became ‘Artist of the Week’ on BBC Radio 3 shortly after the release of his début album, ‘Dialogue’, which features works by Bach, Debussy, Schubert and Schumann. He has also appeared on ‘The One Show’ and has played live on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. Cyrill has over 70K followers on all channels and has been working with different international classical menswear brands that portray a strong sense of craftsmanship and elegance. He was named one of the most exciting pianists of his generation by the Daily Telegraph. You can check his work on https://www.instagram.com/cyrillibrahim/

Photo Credit: @MrBertieWatson


A person posing for the camera  Description automatically generatedHi, my name is Shaun and  I am a Professional Dance Performer, Choreographer and  Instructor in Ballroom & Latin dance, American Smooth & Rhythm dance as well as Argentinian Tango, Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Hustle. I am also a Professional TV Commercial actor and Fashion Model. I love performing in Commercial and Contemporary Styles of Dance whilst also having skills in Martial Arts, especially Kick Boxing and Taekwando. I am here to help Show Time deliver the best dance performance they can and obtain the best choreography for the purpose of the film.



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The screening

Our film premiere will be with the National Youth Film Academy surrounded by friends and family on the 23rd of August. We would love to invite you to be a part of this screening with us! This is why, as part of our rewards and perks for donating we will be offering tickets to the premiere. We have 5 VIP tickets for you to come to see our Show and enjoy access to the VIP Area and VIP Bar. These are £150 per ticket. 

We also have 15 standard tickets to come to assist the screening at £20 each. 

*These tickets are of course, subject to cinema availability as a result of the current Covid-19 climate. 

Contact us:

Feel free to contact us at src20g8@gmail.com if you want more info or simply to have a chat with us.


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

The Cinematographer

Credits in the film: Get your name credited in the film as a thank you for your donation. + all above

£5 or more

The Extra

Welcome on board: You will receive an exclusive signed digital version of our poster and a shout out on our social media!

£10 or more

The Understudy

Shout out and early access to the film: You will receive a shout out on our social media and an early access to our film before it is made public to everyone else!

£20 or more

The Lead Role

A chance to win one of our 15 standard tickets to access our NYFA family and friends premiere on the 23rd of August* That’s right! Come and meet with us at the premiere with the NYFA and let’s have a chat together over some drinks.

£50 or more

The Backstage Artist

Get a closer look: Have a look at the behind the scenes of the film, our bloopers, and our pictures as well as how the process went. The real backstage! + all above

£100 or more

The Script Writer

Signed script: Have a copy of the script signed by our wonderful writers + all the above

£150 or more

The Props Master

A chance to win one of our 5 VIP ticket access to our NYFA family and friends premiere on the 23rd of August* with access to the VIP Area and VIP Bar for during the Screening event!

£300 or more

The Director of the Play

Business sponsorship: Get your business promoted on social media and put your logo in the credits of the film. + all above

£500 or more

The Stage Manager

A personalised sketch in the style of the film made by one of our members: Get an exclusive personalised sketch of your choice in the style of the film. + all above

£750 or more

The Producer

A personalised short music piece by our lovely composer Katrina: Get a short instrumental or harmony-driven vocal song made for you to enjoy with the film by our composer Katrina. Did you know she made her own lockdown musical?! + all above

£1,000 or more

The Executive Producer

Get an executive producer credit in our film: You are truly our biggest fan thank you! We want to show our recognition by giving you an executive producer credit in our film! + all above

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