Why is this so cheap/expensive?
We’re firm believers in the idea that people/organisations should pay according to their means. This is why our cunning software calculates a bespoke license fee based upon who you are, where you plan to screen and how many people will watch the film.
If, after using the software honestly, you are sure that the fee we’ve given you is too high or low then please get in touch with as much detail about your screening as possible and we’ll re-access your circumstances.
Why Isn’t it Free?
Some people have said that if we “really cared about the planet”, we would give our film away. Here’s why we’re not going to. Firstly, the £450,000 budget was raised by our “crowd–funding” scheme: 228 people invested between £500 and £35,000 of their own money. (Which is incidentally the largest amount any project has ever raised using similar schemes.) We want to repay our investors’ belief by returning at least some of their money. (We would have to take £10 million pounds to pay everyone back completely, so that’s never going to happen – it’s not a profit making exercise.)
Secondly, if we can prove that this alternative funding system works, we might persuade other filmmakers (or writers or artists or whatever) to step outside the mainstream media and start making independent films, without advertising execs or corporate suits watering down their content.
Thirdly, the film was made by 104 people – including top animators, editors, composers and everything in between – working at minimum wage or just above, some of them for five years. If we can take their wages up from almost nothing to ridiculously low, then they are more likely to give their skills to future low–budget projects.
Fourthly, we can only make more films if we make our business viable – clearly we have to pay rent and eat. And if we had to get day jobs, we wouldn’t be able to concentrate on our films – or our new distribution models – or the Not Stupid action campaign.
And finally, we have put our hearts and souls into the film and feel that it has value: the fact that you’d like to hold a screening kind of means that you agree. So in the same way that car manufacturers don’t give away their cars, publishers don’t give away their books and hot dog sellers don’t give away their hot dogs, we’re not going to give away our film.
Having said all that, you can of course find a pirate copy of the film and screen it illegally without a license and we’ll probably never find out. And you can steal from charity shops, evade your tax and change your granny’s will when she loses her eyesight, too.