BABBS the Movie

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Project visual BABBS the Movie
39 days
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BABBS the Movie

“Brexit is breaking something inside us.”

The outcome of the UK's Brexit referendum in June 2016 came as a shock.  This was a time bomb with a long fuse: ‘business as usual’ resumed during the transition period, but reality is hitting hard as 2021 kicks off a dramatically different relationship between the UK and the EU. 

1.3 million UK nationals are settled in the EU.  Thousands of British citizens made Belgium their home and now face profound changes to their lives.  Emma and Louise set up the ‘Brexit and the Belgian Brits (BABBS)’ group on Facebook in 2017 as a support network: we now have 1,700 BABBS members and want to tell our story.

Our short documentary is designed as a community project that will highlight feelings of betrayal and bewilderment about changes not of our choosing, but also what gives us hope at this historic time.  We want to keep a record of how this shared experience affects us and use this to host screening sessions and discussions on what Brexit has taught us.

So far we have gathered some great Vlogs in response to our Casting Call, and several dozen BABBS members attended the silent vigil outside the British Embassy on 31 December (see update). We're thinking of calling the film Marooned (by Brexit)... Thanks for your help!!

Allocation of funds

BABBS members who volunteered to help with the filmmaking project have weekly calls since late November.  Anny Tubbs has been invited to oversee the project in terms of producing and directing the film using experienced local camera and sound crew so we can capture selected stories in the best possible way. The film can only be made if 100% funds are raised: they will be released if the target is met, failing which all contributions are cancelled.

This fundraiser is underpinned by a preliminary costed budget that includes the following elements:

1. Fundraising admin costs - 8%
2. Pre-production research and planning - 7%
3. Three days' filming in different locations - 60%
4. Post production (edits and background music) - 20%
5  Insurance -  5%

Funds raised in excess of the target amount may be used to film additional footage, cover screening/launch costs and support advocacy efforts for UK nationals in Europe.

Choose your reward

Reward featured

BASIC SPONSOR - Special Thanks in the Film Credits


Sponsors contributing this amount will be named in the Film Credits under the Special Thanks section of the Film Credits: see your name in lights, or gift this to a friend :-)
  • 29 backers
  • Availability: 1170/1200
  • Estimated delivery March 2021

BRONZE SPONSOR - Complimentary Film Poster in addition to Special Thanks


A BABBS volunteer is preparing a Film Poster: we share electronic copies with Bronze Sponsors in addition to their being listed under the Special Thanks section of the film credits
  • 13 backers
  • Availability: 286/300
  • Estimated delivery March 2021

SILVER SPONSOR - Join the Contributors, Crew and VIP Screening


Silver Sponsors are invited to join the VIP screening of the final version of our Film in Brussels prior to its official launch, as well as after-screening drinks to the extent this is permissible.
  • 1 backer
  • Availability: 49/50
  • Estimated delivery March 2021

GOLD SPONSOR - Experience a half day on shoot with the crew


Ever wanted to come behind the scenes and see how documentary films are made? A Gold Sponsor will be invited to join the crew and contributors to experience a half day of the documentary film shoot as well as time with the Director and crew.
  • Availability: 6/6
  • Estimated delivery February 2021

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