The Crowdfunders: Protection

As a non-profit website dedicated to the support and promotion of Australian made films, Cinema Australia rarely gets the opportunity to throw cash at crowdfunding projects. Trust us, if we had the money we’d be executive producers on almost every new Australian film calling for supporters through the myriad of crowdfunding platforms available on the interwebs.

That’s why we’ve launched this new feature, The Crowdfunders, which will shamelessly plug projects calling for your dollar. It’s just another way for us to do what we love doing most – supporting Aussie cinema!

It should be noted though – and take this as a warning – that not all crowdfunding projects are successful and just because a project has reached it’s target, it doesn’t guarantee the film will be made, or that you’ll receive any reward or compensation for your donation. So in saying that, Cinema Australia takes no responsibility for any wrongdoing on the fundraisers behalf.

Now that the serious stuff is out of the way… here’s our latest plug.


A group of children, who mostly live in public housing in the Illawarra NSW, are making a film – a film about childhood.

The children will work with Beyond Empathy (BE) to tell stories inspired by their lives and make the film using live action cameras. The children perform the key roles. Then we are turning the live action footage into animation using simple smart device apps. The kids will help to animate their film – and we can even get you, our audience, involved in the process!

Target: $10,000

How the funds will be used: Protection already has some great support thanks to Government funding and the generosity of private philanthropists. Their support will ensure the project takes place and that a small group of children will be able to participate. However, to build on this, we are asking you to come on board! Your pledge will directly and practically sponsor the kids involvement in the project. But we don’t just want your money.

Synopsis: Children who grow up in public housing, or who experience other hardships, need opportunities to shine… for people to tell them they have talents and skills, and they are believed in. That is what Protection is about.

What they told Cinema Australia““The kids from the Protection project don’t have it that easy” says  age 20, and Rites of Passage cast and crew member “They live in the same public housing areas that we do and face the same challenges. But we know they can get amazing opportunities through this project, just as we did. They will have the opportunities to see themselves differently and to believe they have skills and talents to share. They just need a chance to shine.” – Shaniece Igano, Crew Member

It’s really a great investment, both in the futures of these children and in some powerful stories from parts of our community that we seldom hear from. The stories in the Protection film will speak to other kids because they have been produced by children, speaking in their voice, to their peers about feelings, trust, challenges, obstacles, conflicts and identity. Adults who watch Protection will be reminded of the magic and the struggles of their own childhood and will consider their own role in the lives of children around them.”  Phillip Crawford, Director

You can donate and find out more about the project here:

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