Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Got a question for us?  Check out the below as this is a list of the most frequent questions that we are asked.  Your question not on the list?  Then contact us and we will do our best to answer your question.

Information for film-makers…

At the moment, we are unable to take on new projects, sorry!

TPFF is a small organisation and fully commits to the projects its supports.  Given limited capacity, we can only commit to a small number of projects at a time, usually over a 3-5 year cycle.  Our first projects – Open Bethlehem and We Are Many – have both had their UK cinema release in 2015 and our in-house developed documentary The Power of Us aims to be in production over the next 12-18 months.  On all projects, our role is usually in an executive producing capacity.

We can get involved at all stages: development and/or production and/or completion.  We can also help with outreach on finished films too. We do some of all the above informally – just to help out where we can, if we have the capacity to do that.

We have a handful of new projects underway- some are developed in house and others in partnership with other producers. Under our Tipping Point North South banner, we are also developing our own stand-alone single-issue campaigns and events as we move into new areas of activity.

Having said all this, although Tipping Point Film Fund isn’t seeking new projects, do feel free to get in touch and if we can share ideas, contacts and feedback on an informal basis, on your project, we will!

Please note that Tipping Point Film Fund only supports feature length cinematic documentary films addressing international issues that have a campaign outreach plan. We do not support short films or fiction films.

Frequently asked questions

What the media has to say about TPFF.

To see what the media have to say about Tipping Point Film Fund – feel free to explore some of the links below.

  • Screen Daily – Socially-conscious film fund Tipping Point launches in UK
  • Real Screen – Two new funds for socially conscious docs launched
  • Cineuropa – Documentary funding reaches Tipping Point
  • Sheffield Doc Fest – Scroll down to 11th July – Tipping Point Film Fund: excellent
  • Film London – Film London News Bulletin

Interested in becoming a major donor?

If you are considering becoming a major donor to Tipping Point Film Fund please do contact us – by email, phone or post. We would love to talk more to you, share our vision and outline the benefits we would hope to be able to offer you in return for your faith in our work.

Why should I donate?

This is the place where you can back film-makers who are passionate about their subjects and support a fund committed to backing strong, commercially viable films on ground-breaking social issue themes. Whether you are a film-lover, an activist or campaigner, or both, this is the place for you.

Crowd Funding’ is an idea that is taking hold as an alternative route for a film-maker seeking to raise funds for his or her film – it’s a way for them to reach out to their friends and networks, often over a long period of time, in the hope of raising enough money to get the film made.

We at Tipping Point Film Fund want to take this idea one step further – to generate a new and sustainable fund – drawn from support from the wider general public – for feature documentary development, production and campaigning and for a number of projects at any one time.

As the links between campaigners and film-makers cross over more and more, we felt there was a need to expand the idea of ‘dedicated giving’ so that as well as the regular charitable causes we also recognise the power of film to address ‘structural’ issues behind so many of the world’s big issues. In other words, to get behind the story we think we know and to shed more light – and additionally, adding value to those campaigning on such issues.

Tipping Point Film Fund is a non-profit co-operative with the desire to create a new kind of public giving – dedicated giving to films for change. A fund that grows year on year with your support.

Where does my money go?

Tipping Point Film Fund will have a number of projects it wishes to support at any one time covering a range of subjects. All donations will go into the fund, spreading your contribution across the ‘slate’ of films TPFF is involved with. This includes core running costs.

Why we are a non-profit co-operative.

The films we are funding may be provocative and controversial. There are tight laws that govern what charities can say and do – we want to be free to cause a stir so we are set up as a non-profit cooperative.

As a non-profit co-operative we are set up to raise funds via donations both big and small from individuals, trusts and organisations who share our values and ethos. We can then in turn fund social action feature documentaries and support related campaigns.

You can choose to donate with or without becoming a member of TPFF co-operative. Donations are regarded completely separately from the nominal TPFF co-op membership fee of £1.

As a co-operative TPFF is a social enterprise (a non-profit making business), set up to work in the film, creative and third sector with specific interest in global social issues. All shareholders are equal in holding one share only of £1.00, shares are non-redeemable, and no dividend is given. Profits are returned back into the co-operative.

As TPFF projects will inevitably address political issues, it was not appropriate to register for charitable status, making TPFF donations not eligible for tax relief or gift aid.

TPFF is governed by a committee.

Why does film matter?

Films have the power to reveal the real story behind an issue. They can put pressure on people with power and mainstream the voices of the oppressed. Films can inspire and engage people to take action.

Not convinced yet? Check out what Nelson Mandela, Al Gore and Robert Fisk all have to say….

Cry Freedom achieved more to tell the world about apartheid in South Africa in one year than all my years on Robben Island…
– Nelson Mandela
I reached in one weekend more people than 20 years of taking my slide show from town to town.
– Al Gore on his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Cinema has an unstoppable power to convince…And I suspect, as the years go by, it will become the only medium with which we can influence the world.
– Robert Fisk, journalist, author, from ‘The Age of Warriors’

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Can you fund my film?

At the moment, we are unable to take on new projects, sorry!

TPFF is a small organisation and because we fully commit to partnership on projects it means we have very little spare capacity to take on large numbers of projects. We can – and do – get involved at all stages: development and/or production and/or completion. The next twelve months are looking pretty full for the films we are committed to – we are also developing our own stand-alone outreach campaigns (in-house), one of which will be linked to TPFF supported We Are Many, by Amir Amirani.

Although Tipping Point Film Fund isn’t seeking new projects, do feel free to get in touch and if we can share ideas, contacts and feedback on an informal basis, on your project, we will!

Please note that Tipping Point Film Fund only supports feature length cinematic documentary films addressing international issues that have a campaign outreach plan. We do not support short films or fiction films.

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