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The Neighbourhood

A project by: Sarah Westby


WE RAISED £2,015

from 47 donors

This project received pledges on Thu 22 Dec 2016
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‘The Neighbourhood’ is an ambitious student short film project, created in the heart of the Film and Television Department at the University of York.

The film revolves around a young girl, Safia, who has just moved into a new town. This new world looks and feels like perfection, but a strange horror lingers below the surface. The women are beautiful, the men tall and handsome, but behind their smiles and stares something awful is lurking. Safia must make a choice: will she run away from the truth? Or will she find out what The Neighbourhood is really hiding?

‘The Neighbourhood’ is a project that is being led by a group of eight extremely enthusiastic crew members that have worked on dozens of film projects over the last few years. As a group, we are all devoted to bringing our passions, talents and creativity together, in order to bring to life the character of Safia, and her journey to The Neighbourhood.


The world we want to create has to look perfect, but perfection comes at a cost. This is where we need you help! Our fundraising target is £2000 and every penny will be used to best serve our incredible story and give justice to Safia - be that through securing amazing locations, to getting fantastic actors for our lead roles. Not to forget the supply of biscuits to keep our cast and crew as happy as possible!

Below is the budget for our film.

  • Travel and Living for Cast and Crew- £400
  • Catering - £200
  • Production Sound - £30
  • Set Design/ Props - £120
  • Wardrobe/ Costume - £200
  • Make Up and Hairstyle - £100
  • Transportation of Equipment - £100
  • Location - £300
  • Publicity and Distribution (rewards, posters and distribution)  - £100
  • Music - £50
  • Contingency Money - £400

(Based upon a budget of £2000)


Be part of the team and follow our journey as we battle through the elements of pre-production, filming and post-production. Follow us on all our social media platforms where we will be posting some incredibly exciting sneak peaks of ‘The Neighbourhood’ and regular updates on our progress.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/neighbourhoodsf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theneighbourhoodfilm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theneighbourhoodfilm/


We understand that not everyone can donate but you can still help by sharing our story! By spreading the word about our project, we can share our excitement and enthusiasm with a wider network of people and hopefully bring 'The Neighbourhood' to life!

Thank you for your time,

The Neighbourhood Team.

This is an important film, with an important message. We aim to share this film into film festivals around the world and raise questions about race, gender and identity.

7 months ago

WE DID IT!! In just seven days we have reached our fundraising target of £2000 and THE NEIGHBOURHOOD can now be created!! We are so incredibly grateful for every single person who has liked our page, shared our posts or donated to our YuStart campaign because we could have not done it without your support. We are so proud that you have all believed in us as a team, our vision and our story and we can now bring THE NEIGHBOURHOOD to life!

As we now enter the depths of pre-production we would love for you to continue to journey with us as THE NEIGHBOURHOOD comes to life so follow us on twitter, be part of our Instagram and continue to like our Facebook page. We promise to keep you involved in every step of the way.

So, a massive thank you again for you all support and from THE NEIGHBOURHOOD team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Continue to follow our journey on our social media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theneighbourhoodfilm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/neighbourhoodsf

7 months, 1 week ago

So incredibly proud to say that we have now reached over half way and have currently funded over 70% of our fundraising! We cannot say how thankful we all are to those who have donated and we are so proud that you all wanted to invest in our vision and our story.

Please continue in joining us in our journey by continuing to donate and by sharing our story and following us on social media.

Become a citizen of THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

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Our last and final donation was from my AMAZING drama teachers Helen and Sim - they send big love xxx

Good luck with the film Hope. It will be great!!

Good luck guys! I am excited to see the show!!

My neighbours Tony and Daph send their love xxx

It's simply brilliant!

From Nan and Grandad Westby x

I'm so excited to follow the progress of what looks like brilliant project. Big shout out to Sarah Westby, who I have worked with in various theatre based projects. I know her keen eye for detail and ability to give 110% to whatever projects she does will make for a fantastic producer. Also, as your brother, I know you're a legend. Best of luck to Sarah and the whole team- can't wait to see the results! Tim

Good luck with your project Jonathan. Hope you reach your target. From Auntie Sue

Great project!

Good luck everyone - really look forwards to seeing the end result.

Best of luck with the project all!

Best of luck to you all on your wonderful project. Especially to your talented writer Grace. Big love xx

From my mum (Jonathan). Ask your mum, long story!

Will be there to see the finished product in York! Good luck!

Looking forward to seeing the end product