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Blog | On the Road Film Bootcamp

Fund My Community - On the Road Film Bootcamp

28/4/2015 - Jane Mussared, CE, COTA SA

Jane MussaredRural Seniors redefining ageing through film

As soon as humans learned to talk we began to tell stories, from the minutiae of everyday life to the big once-in-a-lifetime moments. Stories define us, connect us, move us and change us. Visual storytelling through the medium of film is a powerful way to tell stories, glimpse lives and, as a result, debunk myths about what it means to be old.

Most films about older people are made by younger people, and in the city. The On the Road Film Bootcamp aims to give rural seniors a voice by equipping them with the film making skills to tell their own rich stories from both in front of and behind the camera. Bootcamp participants will use their films to show what their lives are really like, to capture what matters, to be seen and heard and to showcase their skills via local premiere events and youtube. Filmgoers and viewers will walk away with a new understanding of what older lives in rural communities are and can be, and of the variety and potential those lives hold.

More information about the project is available at http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmc/projects/on-the-road-film-bootcamp.

But we need your help to make this a reality

The project is seeking funding under a new scheme piloted by the State Government called Fund My Community. Under this scheme community groups across the state were asked to submit applications for projects. From the nearly 120 applications received the public will then select which projects receive funding.

To help support our project you need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Register on the Fund My Community website at http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmc.
  2. Go to the On the Road Film Bootcamp project at http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmc/projects/on-the-road-film-bootcamp and add the project to your spend.
  3. Select the remaining projects you would like to fund. You must spend between $700,000 and $1 million on your selected projects, which must include, at least one small, one medium and one large project and projects from at least four categories.

The process can be time consuming so we ask that you put aside 30 minutes of your valuable time to complete your spend. It is a big ask but it will make the world of difference to our film makers and to our understanding of older lives.

For more information about the government decision making process, please visit: http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/how-to-take-part

You must submit your "Spend" before 9am Monday 4 May.

Please send this opportunity to family and friends - we need lots and lots of people to spend on our Bootcamp project - please share through your social media and other networks. Please also thank them for setting the time aside and being patient with the process. It will be worth it we promise!

For any assistance or if you have any questions, please contact Kirsteen on 8232 0422 or email COTA SA at fmc@cotasa.org.au.

Thank you - go Road Film Bootcamp!