Post from the co-founder of The Norwich Radical Film Festival
JACK BRINDELLI - Manifesto Film Festival, 31st August, 2019
"I might have co-founded the Norwich Radical Film Festival – which I’m proud has grown into the Manifesto Film Festival in Amsterdam – but I am not the right person to explain what has made this festival so special.
For that, you need to speak to one of the people who has benefitted from the experience first-hand, and to my mind, nobody embodies that more than Donna Kavanagh. Returning for what will be her third outing at a NRFF/Manifesto event, Donna has flown half-way around the world from New Zealand to attend screenings of films on which she provided the score.
When I asked her what keeps her coming back, Donna told me, “The NRFF and Manifesto is special to me because of the people; filmmakers from all over the world coming together to connect and share. It feels like we are on the same frequency, like family.”
On her way to this year’s Manifesto Film Festival, Donna also had time to stop off in London to catch up with a host of other alumni, before continuing on to Amsterdam. It would be an understatement to say that her story makes me extremely proud. The idea anyone would come all this way for something I helped kick-start on three occasions is extremely moving, but even more so is the fact those events have helped to craft a kinship between people who would otherwise never have met, and encouraged them to support and collaborate with each other beyond a three-day event.
“We explore and discuss filmmaking, techniques, politics, art, possibilities, ideas, story-telling and so much more,” Donna added. “It is truly a unique experience, a place to be inspired and I just can't get enough. The friendships I have formed at both festivals have led to collaborating internationally.”
Donna is not alone either. Since its inception, Manifesto has seen filmmakers return year on year from every corner of the earth. People from Austria, the UK, Brazil, the US, Kurdistan, and the Netherlands – among many other nations – have all been drawn to the event over the years."