BFI and LiveTree partner and focus on Black Stars in film

BFI Raw Shorts: Black Stars

LiveTree and the BFI have partnered to support emerging film talent and are proud to hold the official launch at the BFI Raw Shorts: Black Stars event on 19 November.

Join us for an afternoon with black young talents who either write, direct or star in their own projects, have built huge online followings and kick-started their careers along the way – they’ll share tips and tricks in a Q&A and screen examples of their work before free networking drinks.

One of the topics that requires highlighting is the issues facing minorities in the film industry. Is there a correlation between income, ethnicity and those who are filmmakers? Is there an ethnic and social divide in the film sector?  If so, what can we do about it?


Shredding The Red Tape

We can pretend like these invisible lines of separation are not there but barriers do exist. Within the film industry we can see recycled narratives played out in various different ways for various different reasons. In film, black actors are often shoehorned into roles that do not reflect their reality or reinforce negative stereotypes. What is more frustrating is that some projects appear to have been commissioned predicated on what stereotype they play up to. Too often a predominately black film, or the story line of black character in an otherwise white film, revolves around the themes of struggle, slavery, drugs and violence or single parent lifestyles.

A potential cause is the metaphorical “red tape” and who approves what. Fortunately, this no longer universally applies thanks to the internet, communities, social media and, most importantly crowdfunding. Now it’s mostly about your vision and getting the money, exposure and support to turn an idea into reality.


The Wider Issue

When it comes to creativity the issues are broader than race, gender, religion or any other differentiating factor. The real barrier to entry is finding the freedom to create what you want to see in the world in the exact way you envisioned. Fortunately, power has become less centralised. Nobody has to be Oliver begging for gruel, now we design our own banquets and have everyone contribute and join us for the meal.

In the UK, Crowdfunding plays a major role in providing creative freedom and we at LiveTree are taking it further, beyond funding to a wider community of like-minded creatives helping each other achieving their goals.

No matter where you are from and what prejudice or obstacles you may face. We challenge you to make your vision a reality. Get Funded. Make a difference. Branch out.



– Daniel @ LiveTree





LiveTree and Kent Film Office partner to support UK filmmakers

Kent Film Office logo

LiveTree is announcing its partnership with the Kent Film Office to support the work of UK filmmakers. The partnership will help filmmakers with funding, promotion, support and access to film locations.


The LiveTree – Kent Film Office Partnership

LiveTree will offer competitions, access to the LiveTree creative community and suppliers to support their projects and will help filmmakers secure funding. The Kent Film Office will share content, film funding opportunities and competitions with its audience. Together they will promote the use of Kent as film location.


Helping filmmakers focus on creativity

Developing the creative element of a film is only a small part of the process of the filmmaking process. From getting a film funded to working with the right suppliers, to finding the perfect location to promotion, many necessary tasks distract from the creative process.”, said Ashley Turing, CEO of LiveTree, “By partnering with the Kent Film Office we want to help filmmakers keep the focus on the creative process by helping them with funding, promotion, support and access to film locations”.


Assisting filmmakers with locations and permits

Since we were founded ten years ago, the Kent Film Office has been successful in assisting filmmakers find amazing locations and getting permits for filming in public spaces across the county. Productions large and small have found their way to Kent to benefit from our locations and local support facilities,” added Hannah Lucey, Film Officer of the Kent County Council Film Office “And, with this new partnership with LiveTree, it will be even easier for filmmakers to take the hassle out of the production phase.


About the Kent Film Office

The Kent Film Office was established in 2006 as an economic development initiative by Kent County Council.  It provides a first class Film Commissioning Service to the film and television industries, assisting productions with a location finding and research service, obtaining film permits, facilitating traffic management requests, sourcing local crew and trainees and mediating any local disputes.

LiveTree and BFI Future Film Raw Shorts launch campaign supporting aspiring filmmakers

LiveTree Future Film Raw Short campaign
LiveTree has partnered with the British Film Institute to support emerging British film talent. To launch this partnership, LiveTree and the British Film Institute (BFI) developed the Future Film Raw Short campaign to support emerging film talent across the UK.


Future Film Raw Short competition

The Future Film Raw Short competition allows aspiring filmmakers to crowdfund and promote their film project. A filmmaker enters their film proposal by setting up a crowdfund and promotion campaign on the LiveTree platform. This starts the crowdfunding and promotion process for their film project.

LiveTree and the BFI then pick a selection of winning projects who will be awarded an additional £500 funding –on top of their film’s crowdfunding results– and access to BlackMagic cameras to shoot their film project. The winners will be announced at the 10th BFI Future Film Festival, 15-19 February 2017. The festival is the UK’s most important industry film festival for young filmmakers aged 16-25.

Filmmakers that wish to take part can create their project on the LiveTree Future Film Raw Shorts campaign page to enter the competition.

BFI Future Film Festival


Socially conscious crowdfunding platform

LiveTree is a socially conscious crowdfunding platform focused on supporting creative projects. Uniquely, LiveTree doesn’t just fund projects, it connects creative communities. Bloggers, influencers, suppliers, brands and charities share the success of the project. They earn branch commission when they promote a project, meaning all the marketing isn’t down to a project creator. More importantly, the community will continually support creators throughout their journey.


The British Film Institute

British Film Institute logoThe British Film Institute (BFI) was founded in 1933 as a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, brings together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.

The BFI awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.


BFI Film Forever

The Future Film Raw Short campaign is part of the BFI’s ‘Film Forever’ five-year strategic plan for 2012-2017 to BFI Logosupport UK film. The plan covers all BFI activities and is based around three priorities – education and audiences, support for the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.