The crowdfunding project to raise money to organize the Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth in July/August of this year was successful again. We raised the money that was needed and with 40 backers, $8,380 was pledged. The organizers of the festival want to thank everybody who has donated very much for their donation. We thank you for your continuing love for the island and its inhabitants. Words are not enough. We hope we can make you proud again this year with wonderful films, amazing directors and children!
Below is a thank you note from Jill Somer
I apologize for my late response to your incredible generosity. We got hit by a terrible snowstorm and it has been difficult to get back to a regular routine. Finally, the kids are in school as of tomorrow, the water and electricity are back on so we are up and running again! It does make this year’s theme of Mother Earth even more important because we would like to teach the kids some survival skills.
Just prior to our snowstorm of the century, we visited Elena and Adonis’ farm. This couple created a beautiful spot in an area called Loutsa where they are producing their own food through planting gardens, fruit trees and raising farm animals. They also have a donkey that may or may not be able to work because he has one eye. The farmer that owned him wanted to give him away because he wasn’t sure he would be useful. Elena thought he would be a great addition to the farm so they took him in. It is such a wonderful example of what can be done in Skopelos with the land being so rich. This is one of the places we are going to try to take the kids during the educational part of SIFFY. Here are a few images to give you an idea of this amazing place.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing contributions. The money will all go towards a good cause. We are going to start inviting filmmakers in the next two to three weeks and then we will know how many kids we can accommodate. We hope to have as many kids as possible because we hate to say no!
Look out for some amazing films this summer. I have a feeling this year is going to be off the charts great!
Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) http://www.skopelossiffy.com