It costs me £60-80 to just get to London. Getting to Scotland would cost me £200 by train
Maybe just ignore people like that, they're clearly idiots.Its just now people act like you cant be fans without going which is more of the problem,
Cons happen where people make them happen. I think it’s probably time for a thread split if we wanna discuss this more, but in all honesty doc there’s nothing stopping you or someone in your area from organising a local con if you think there’d be demand. If you don’t think there’d be demand, that’s probably why there isn’t one.I dont oppose the north getting more stuff its just got to be fair so what does the south have in comparison?
I do understand how tough it is to spot stuff outside of your own area so here's a list - as you'll see there are definitely some other things on:It’s not that Scotland gets something it’s there’s nothing comparable for other people and just said you wouldn’t go if it wasn’t nearby that’s how I feel yet here this went.
Random note Andrew, for the North area could you also consider teaming up with The Light cinema at some point? They recently ran an anime season that screened mostly Ghibli but also Broly and Mary Witch Flower. Both The Light Cinema (cinema chain in various locations, more incoming) and Showroom Cinema in Sheffield could be useful for some one-off anime season titles, like imagine a four-film mini-festival dedicated to Penguin Highway, Maquia, Mirai, and Ride Your Wave later down the line. Just saying.I do understand how tough it is to spot stuff outside of your own area so here's a list - as you'll see there are definitely some other things on:
A film festival is blood, sweat and tears and I have worked for 10 years solid to create something that is recognised to this degree and gets such a reaction from people. It's had a huge amount of pitfalls and struggles to get there.
- In the North of England: There's Leeds Film Festival - which runs an anime day every year still and we share programming ideas with annually. Run in November.
- In Wales: There's Kotatsu Film Festival which is comparable because I assist in programming it year-on-year and runs in September time
- In the South: Everytime we do a premiere, we do it there with guests. London Film Festival annually programs 1-3 anime films into its line up. The BFI also hosts a bi-annual Anime Weekend (next one is coming up soon!)
- In Ireland: The Japanese Film Festival programs a good anime line-up annually every April - I love the festival & Dublin so strongly recommend folks try that if they also fancy a bit of live action too!
- Across the UK: Covering Northern Ireland out in a cheeky way - the Japan Foundation run every year programs anime and runs across the UK. I know QFT usually screens the JF line-up inc the anime anyway.
Also worth keeping in mind us when I founded SLA, there was N O T H I N G in Scotland for anime film unless we were blessed by a Ghibli film in the cinemas. We got one test of the Anime All Nighter from Sci-Fi London in 2004 that showed Lady Death, Parasite Dolls, RahXephon the Movie and something else I forget now and that was it at the time!
There's also a limited quantity of premieres around so of course one event will come to prevalence in the end - after ten years I'd hope that's us! Guest costs are always high but they deliver immeasurable to you, the cinema goers, that I think makes for an unforgettable experience. That's something that AL does support as I see a strong value to it from an anime community point of view so of course I'll run it where I grew up.
Re franchise film - Why I made a film festival is I want to show people things I love and make a medium I adore deeply available to as wide a group as possible. Anime is an amazing medium to tell a story and it's of interest to so many people who just don't know it yet. That means that when I do program a franchise film it has to be in some way accessible if someone who has no knowledge of the show walks in really (it's why when we do Evangelion it's usually as the full selection of films for example).
So I don't hate films like FREE - but they often lose out in the priority chain to original anime or other accessible franchises (would love to put them on sometime though!)