Stop the cuts

The BFM also is a mentor for the Takeover Film Festival at Queens Film Theatre. DCAL want to cut funding by 50%. This will seriously affect Northern Ireland’s burgeoning film and TVW industry. Imagine no Liam Neeson, Jimmy Nesbitt to name but a couple of local actors, or The Fall or, dare I say it, Game of Thrones.

So I’m forwarding you this message below,please support:
“Dear Colleague,

I’m sure you will have heard about the impending film sector cuts in the news this week. Any testimonial or response that you can give via the social media campaign #savefilmni and the online app (link below) can really help. There is also a petition at QFT that you can sign. Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and other contacts that you know have attended events at QFT, and if applicable give your students some brief guidance on submitting the online response.

QFT and many other organisations have been asked to prepare for a devastating 50% cut in funding.
Please take two minutes to show your support, as if these cuts are implemented it will have a direct impact on film exhibition and education activity province wide.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has asked organisations that are funded through Northern Ireland Screen to prepare for a 50% cut in funding in 2015-16.

The agency supports many of Northern Ireland’s best known Film Exhibition and Film Education organisations including Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast Film Festival, Foyle Film Festival, Nerve Centre, Cinemagic, and INTO Film Club.

At a time when the film and creative industries in Northern Ireland are being celebrated on a world stage, the unprecedented level of these proposed cuts puts the future of these organisations at serious risk.

We need your help – the draft budget for 2015-2016 is out now for public consultation and we have until the deadline of 29 December 2014 to make our voices heard about how our public money will be spent. Please respond to the draft budget today by going to our home page http://www.queensfilmtheatre.com and click onto campaign section which will take you to the online app (on top right of the home page).

This app will guide you on submitting a response and has the draft DCAL budget document on the proposed film exhibition and education cuts, plus a sample letter – feel free to use this letter in its entirety or personalise it with your own message.

You can respond by post or email (addresses in the sample letter), or via the web app – http://objectnow.pgtb.me/R2bx7l

Every letter counts and time is of the essence – please show your support today.

Many thanks for your support.

Best Seasonal Wishes,

Marion.

Marion Campbell
Education Officer
(Part-time Tuesdays and Thursdays).

PLEASE NOTE NEW POSTAL ADDRESS BELOW.
Queen’s Film Theatre
Head Office
Room 01.095, Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
University Road, Belfast
BT7 1NN

Direct Line Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 1396
Work Moblile Tel: +44 (0) 7814 944020
http://www.queensfilmtheatre/learning

Find out more about QFT’s youth panel and the Takeover Film project for 15-21 yr olds here:
http://www.takeoverfilm.com

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Update on help feed the needy initiative

It’s Christmas time soon and that means market is closing soon. Weather has been erratic, hopefully won’t get too cold like last week. SOS bus has been busy so Joe and his team have been collating what they can.

On wet nights like tonight and Friday night when we started,people didn’t come into the market,so some stalls stayed closed. Conversely if it’s dry,cold and/or damp then market does better but we don’t get as much food so it’s win win in the sense traders are happy and the needy are happy. Some days more happy than others if u know what I mean.

Have been getting lots of retweets and messages. Please adopt,adapt and improve the idea and let’s keep momentum going!! The media and The Lord Mayor have shown keen interest.

I shall hopefully be there Wednesday evening,will you?

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Press release from Belfast Continental Market

Hi all BFM been asked to share this press release on behalf of Belfast Continental Market

“THE BELFAST FOOD MAN AND BELFAST CHRISTMAS MARKET JOIN FORCES TO BRING SEASONAL GOODWILL TO THE HOMELESS

Self confessed local food fanatic and blogger, Dr Vivek Tohani, also known as the Belfast Food Man has been juggling a lot recently, (moving house, along with a busy work load) and now he has taken been proactively doing a good turn for the homeless and less fortunate of the city too.

Dr Tohani has joined forces with the local and international traders of the award-winning Belfast Christmas Market, to gather and distribute unused food to those in need throughout the City.

Vivek Tohani said
“I along with a few other blogging friends wanted to help the needy and less fortunate during the Christmas period and so we got in touch with the Christmas Market to see if they could help. Our timing was perfect and they have been enthusiastic and helpful in the collection of unused food from traders safely for distribution.”

Having approached Allan Hartwell, Managing Director of Market Place, (the company who bring the Belfast Christmas Market to the city), they set about working with the traders to prepare left over food for collection and distribution by local charity SOS NI.

Allan Hartwell said

‘As soon as we were approached by Vivek we jumped at the chance in becoming involved in this great initiative, in fact it is something we have wanted to do for quite some time. We have encouraged our traders to take part and are assisting them with guidelines, that, followed will ensure the food is safe to eat and distribute at the end of each trading day.’

Belfast Christmas Market traders serve a wide range of continental foods, freshly prepared on the market each day. Given the strict food storage regulations they often have to dispose of left over cooked food. By working with Dr Tohani and SOS NI they can now ensure their remaining food is put to good use.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Cllr Nichola Mallon, said Belfast City Council is also supportive of the initiative.

‘We are delighted to see that this food will not be going to waste and collectively we have worked to ensure it is delivered to those who need it in the safest manner,” she said. “Throughout my term in office I have been campaigning to highlight the issue of homelessness and later this week will be hosting a special lunch in City Hall for people whose circumstances sadly mean they are without homes this Christmas. The acid test of a society is how it cares for its most vulnerable members and I never cease to be amazed by the compassion and generosity of people and organisations right across Belfast”.

Like all good things, the market must come to an end, with the gates closing on this years festive event on Sunday at 6pm, but until then food collected from the market at the close of business each day will distributed for across the city.

For further information and updates on how this initiative is helping please visit http://www.thebelfastfoodman.blogspot.com OR follow the Belfast Continental Christmas Market on Facebook”

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Bfm intro to Foodcloud

This is a wee press release courtesy of Carla at Foodcloud in response to BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30464136

“In the UK, an estimated 4 million people are suffering from food poverty, whilst around 18 million tonnes of food is thrown away per year. The food service industry contribute significantly to this figure and frequently experience food surpluses as a consequence of the modern food system. Conversely, charities struggle to provide food for those who need it most. FoodCloud is an initiative that aims to tackle both of these problems by linking businesses with surplus food to charities in an effort to reduce food waste, reduce food poverty and bring communities together through shared food.
FoodCloud was founded in Dublin by two students sharing a passion for food and a hate for waste. Its mission is to create innovative solutions for surplus food that empower people, bring communities together and create positive social change. FoodCloud operates on a technological platform which facilitates the simple donation of surplus food from businesses to charitable organisations in their local area:
• Both businesses and charitable organisations register with FoodCloud via the website or mobile app where they create an online profile detailing the nature of their organisation
• Businesses post details of surplus food available via the FoodCloud website or mobile app. The business specify a time period in which the food can be collected
• Once the donation is posted, a text message is sent to local charitable organisations alerting them to the availability of surplus food, along with a reference number
• The charitable organisation can then accept the donation by replying to the text with the reference number and then arrange a collection

FoodCloud can accept a wide range of food including hot, fresh and ambient goods provided that they are of good quality and fit for human consumption and acts as a linking agency between businesses and charitable organisations to ensure their safe donation. When both parties sign up, they must agree to terms and conditions which state that each party is responsible for all relevant food safety requirements when in possession of the food donation. In other words, food businesses agree to adhere to all applicable food safety requirements and will not donate food that is of poor quality or may be harmful to eat. Once the donation is passed over to the charitable organisation, then responsibility is passed on to them and they agree to follow all food safety requirements.
FoodCloud was first introduced into Belfast via a pilot scheme in the East Belfast Area. The pilot proved to be very successful, with the result of expansion to the wider Belfast area and a vision to roll out right across Northern Ireland. We have established links with the newly opened South Belfast Food Bank, where we are exploring the possibility of FoodCloud acting as a ‘bolt on’ for food banks in accessing fresh food for inclusion in emergency food parcels. FoodCloud is expanding rapidly in Belfast and we are asking charitable organisations who would like to receive surplus food donations and also food businesses who would like to make a simple but effective contribution to people in their local area to get in touch and sign up! If you would like to find out more, you can contact the Project Co-ordinator, Carla McSorley, at carlamcsorley@bitcni.org.uk or, alternatively, call (028)9046 0606.
For more information, please visit http://www.foodcloud.ie

So please industry please respond, followers please spread the word and those in need please contact us.

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