Dear Bath Film Festival Supporter,
As you know, in the name of austerity, the government has imposed heavy cuts on local government spending. This has led to the Conservative-controlled B&NES council cutting all arts funding by 40%.
This has been devastating. Arts organisations such as FilmBath (which used to be Bath Film Festival) are really struggling to make ends meet. We want to keep our festival going with a broad programme of films and related activities. We feel we have made a valuable and unique contribution to the cultural life of the city.
I have been a patron of Bath Film Festival for many years, along with film colleagues such as Sally Potter, Thelma Schoonmaker and Stephen Woolley. We believe in the importance of cinema as a medium that is not only a window onto the world, but entertaining and often sheer fun.
Can I ask that you support us in two ways? Please support us financially so that we can survive next year. And, equally importantly, let us agree that art and culture benefit us all, and should be a collective responsibility.
If we can win this argument, we might not need to ask again.
With best wishes from,