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A project by: Jennie Elizabeth Hall


WE RAISED £1,312

from 19 donors

This project received pledges on Tue 27 Jan 2015
Two men attempt to flee everything they know and make a new life in this short student film

Who are we and what is cargo? 

Hello! We are a film crew from The University of York's prestigious Theatre, Film and Television department, and Cargo is our final year film! It will be the culmination of what we have learnt in the two and a half years we've been studying at York, and your help will give us an opportunity to show off our skills to industry professionals as we head out into the big bad media industry. Check out our showreel above to see a selection of our previous work.


Cargo is a short, 15 minute drama film. It follows the journey of two Syrian immigrants as they attempt to smuggle themselves into the UK. Nazim is a rebel supporter looking to escape the violence of the civil war in his home land and make a new life for himself. Sayid is an older man with only one wish; to deliver a precious gift to his only granddaughter. The tempestuous journey has put their lives in grave danger, but the pair have finally managed to make it into the back of a lorry travelling through France. All they want is merely hours away. But the arrival of Hamad, a Syrian doctor loyal to the Assad regime, sparks unrest in the group - could this be the end of their journey? 

The TeaM
Our creative team is comprised of nine final year film and television production students, who have collectively had short films screened at Raindance, Aesthetica and LUMA Film Festivals as well as the RTS Yorkshire Student Awards. With Cargo, we want to move onwards and upwards, combining our collective knowledge and expertise to deliver the best story, drama and production value for our audience. 

Why do we need your help?

As you may know, film-making is an expensive business where a little costs a lot! We are lucky enough to have access to state of the art equipment and facilities at the TFTV department, but other costs do mount up. Our talented Production Designer is creating a set from scratch, meaning that big portions of the budget will go towards design and building materials. Our other big costs will be transport and accommodation for our three main actors, and providing food and refreshments during the 7 day shooting period.

Together we have already pooled as much money as we can, but we still need your help to make this project happen. 

This preliminary budget sets out our costs, so you can see where your money is going if you donate to us: 

  • Travel and Accommodation for 3 actors (7 nights): £650.00
  • Set Design, Props and Costume: £300.00
  • Make-up/Hair: £100.00
  • Catering: £300.00
  • Other expenses, including DVD/Blu-Ray finishing, publicity etc: £200.00
  • Publicity, rewards, postage/fees: £240.00
  • Contingency of 20%: £358.00


What do you get in return? 

We know that just a thank you isn't always enough! Each sponsor will receive a reward from us depending on how much you donate. Donations of any amount are welcome and hugely appreciated.

Help us succeed!

We know that not everyone can donate to us, but if you want to help us succeed in a different way, please consider following us on social media, and share our project who anyone who you think might be able to help make our dream become a reality! 

Thank you, from the whole cargo team!

2 years, 4 months ago

Hello to our lovely backers!

Just a quick update to let you know that we submitted 'Cargo' for marking today! It's been a long and tough job from production all the way through to post, but we're all so happy with the end product, and we have all of you to that for helping us make that a reality. 

So what about you guys? Well, the crew are going to take a well deserved rest for a few weeks over Easter (and stuff our faces with chocolate while we write reports and dissertations), BUT never fear! We plan to make a few tweaks to the final cut over that time, and then we'll be in contact with all our backers regarding receiving their rewards and copies of the film. 

We hope you're all doing well - keep an eye on the facebook page too for updates and promo material, and have a lovely break when Easter rolls around! 


The Cargo Team. 

2 years, 5 months ago

Shooting has begun!

It's Day 3 of the shoot, and despite our early starts, we're getting on really well! If you have access to the behind the scenes content, check it out now! Our director Oli has shared a few sneak peeks of the footage we shot today.

Off to bed now - more early starts ahead.

2 years, 6 months ago

****WE DID IT!****

Thank you to absolutely everyone for not only helping us reach our target, but EXCEEDING it! We're all completely overwhelmed and massively grateful for all your help and support. 

Watch this space, shout-outs and rewards coming very soon!

2 years, 6 months ago

Almost unbelievably, we have reached 90% of our target in less than 24 hours. I just want to take this time to thank every single person who has donated. Thanks to you, we have the best possible basis for making the best film we can! 

Personalised thank yous will be sent out ASAP, so keep an eye out for those, and for any other reward updates. 

MASSIVE LOVE from the Cargo team!

YuFund matchfunded £300

Jennie Elizabeth Hall

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Kieran Smith

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Sarah Davies

donated £25.00

George Lane

donated £25.00

Sam Hall

donated £25.00


donated £10.00

Joe Gerrard

donated £5.00



Bhavesh Jadva

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Tom Leatherbarrow

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Ralitsa Padalska

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1 anonymous donation of £250.00

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An extra bit so you can make it fabulous! Good luck guys!

Hi Jennie, Best of luck with the project. It sounds really interesting and I look forward to seeing the final result. Lots of love, Joanna xx

Frank - can't wait to see the result. Good luck! kx


Good luck Jennie, Sam and anyone else I know who is working on the project! x

Good luck, Jennie! Pirkko xxx