07 Nov Sheffield Docfest 2009: shmoozing with film-makers and backers!

 The Craftivist Collective were invited to Sheffield (UK) Doc/Fest 2009 because this year it included lots of documentary films that call for social and political change and demand action (e.g. the films: Guilty Pleasures, The Cove, Rough Aunties, A Time Comes and more). As well as showing many films, a lot of what Doc/Fest is about is finding distributors and funders for film projects (features and shorts) so there is a lot of networking 'sessions' that happen around Sheffield for this reason. Doc/Fest decided to do a 'Stitch and Pitch' networking session and thought we would be perfect for this. We made bespoke Mini Protest Banner Kits with slogans that linked to some of the political films and asked people to make these banners and hang them around Sheffield to encourage people to think about such issues as corruption, slave labour, human rights issues, environmental damage and animal rights.
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05 Oct We are doing too much and thinking too much to not have a blog

We started this group in January 2009 and it's quickly growing in members and group ideas. We have changed the format a few times of the group (now we have planning meetings monthly and then separate events rather than all in the one session), added a manifesto and we are getting asked to do more and more events. Here's what we're doing to get info to you in as many ways as possible.
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04 Oct Mini protest banner making workshop at Spitalfields City Farm

On Saturday 3rd October the Craftivist Collective had a Mini Protest Banner making workshop at Spitalfields City Farm in London. We spent 12-2pm chilling out surrounded by plants and animals whilst chatting to like-minded people and creating our own mini protest banners on environmental issues to put up around the farm... what more could you want to do!
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