Over the years Deep Fried Film have raised money for several charities by donating all money raised for their screenings. Currently the festival provides tickets to the Charities and they keep and divide all money raised from ticket sales between all charities involved. Previous charities include:
Festival Director, Martin Greechan, conceived the Deep Fried Film Festival in 2005. Martin was teaching a full time media course when he had the idea of screening the students’ work under the banner of The Deep Fried Film Festival. The night was a success and he came up with the idea of a full-blown international festival that would showcase films from around the world and help to stimulate the film industry in Lanarkshire and its surrounding areas. Martin set up the site Deepfriedfilm.org.uk and within two weeks of being up, the festival had received its first submission "Botch" from Dublin. The festival is now in its sixth year, receives international press and has grown year on year.
With it's growth over the years Deep Fried Film has relied heavily on support from it's sponsors and volunteers in general. For the 2011 festival one of our major helpers was Kerrie Wynn. Kerrie was appointed as "Chaos Co-ordinator" in April 2011 and has ensured that the festival has kicked up a gear and has also been invloved as a presenter for our live webcasts.
The Deep Fried Film Festival aims to develop the talent and skills of filmmakers, by encouraging better practises amongst filmmakers and increasing relationships between filmmakers and production organisations. By involving the local community, raising awareness of independent film and creating film making opportunities the Deep Fried Film Festival intends to help filmmakers get access to necessary practical and theoretical resources, filmmakers realise their abilities and promote themselves to a larger audience.
Deep Fried Film seeks to provide an annual film festival as well as the set up of informal network/support groups to fulfil its aims. Any profits generated by the Deep Fried Film Festival shall be put back into the promotion and development of independent filmmakers.
Over the years the festival has been lucky enough to have several famous people participate in the festival including: