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  • Publication on Kids Talk Radio

    The full story of Sandgrains, written by director Gabriel Manrique and published by Kids Talk Radio in the USA.

    Here the link to the full article.

    Thanks so much for the pubblication!

  • Fundraising in Italy

    Francesca Tosarelli and Jordie Montevecchi went to Italy to attend a live crowdfunding event at Fattoria Walden where they introduced the work of Matchbox Media Collective to a specially invited Italian audience.

    A magnificent buffet was organized for the more than 80 people attending the event and we discussed the concept of crowdfunding and new ways of creating content.

    Thanks to to the work of Dario, Dagmar, Peppe, Giuseppina, Jenny, Judith and Julia we we managed to raise over 1000 euros!


  • Production in Sweden

    We just came back from a weekend of production in Sweden!
    We met and spent an evening with Jose', our main character. We watched through old videotapes he has been filming when going back to Cape Verde in the last years. We run through the evening drinking cape verdean grog and dreaming of being back soon...

    In the program were two shoots, one on at Heden football greens and another at a professional game between Assyriska FC and Jönköping in Ruddalen. We have beed joined by Robin Westerström as second camera and Linnea Ericsson as audio recordist, thanks very much to them!
    New footage for the trailer, with a new interview of Jose'!
    Soon to be seen in the film's website!

  • Crowdsourcing Logo Designer

    Matchbox Media is opening up submissions for the creation of Sandgrain's Logo!

    Here on the side is the crowdsourced flyer for the documentary film made by Lorenzo Dzieduszycki.

    Outside the coast of West Africa, on the islands of Cape Verde, beaches are disappearing, and with them a way of life. José returns home to witness his fellow islanders struggling for survival while European fleets empty their ocean. Sandgrains is a crowdfunded and crowdsourced documentary telling the story of a former football star discovering why and how the beach where he started to play football began to disappear.

    We are developing a campaign together with Global Ocean in order to create a documentary film that becomes a catalyst for real impact.

    The campaign is starting to take shape around asking for a change in policy at the EU level and we are planning to involve football celebrities and high profile ocean conservationists to champion a call to action.

    Become Sandgrains' graphic designer by creating the logo!
    The slogan for the campaign is Footballers for a Future with Fish.

    The ideogram should reflect ideas around a soccer ball with fish printed on it. Sandgrains' campaign is asking for a petition to stop fishing trawler subsidies and we are at the beginning of developing a visual petition for people to upload their image with their own football with a fish painted on it.

    If you'd like to give a hand please get in contact with

    Here below are a few drawings made by Howie Cooke to give an idea

  • Sandgrains at BAFTA Rushes Soho Shorts

    Sheffield Doc/Fest and Shooting People teamed up to present By Popular Demand: Crowdfunding Your Films Panel at the BAFTA Rushes Soho Shorts: Short Filmmakers' Market.

    The panel focused on how to raise funds, create a social impact, engaging communities, and what this means for film funding and business-building in the future.

    Jordie Montevecchi, co-director of Sandgrains was one of the filmmakers that was on the panel to speak about how to raise money and awareness from crowd/fans/audiences/frien​ds. A discussion to find out why crowdfunding matters beyond film from those using it for music, other arts funding, activism and social impact. In three flash half-hour discussions we’ll survey the practical uses of crowdfunding and how arts funding, media and society are changing right now through the wisdom/madness of crowds.

    here is an article on the event by Mike Chapman on Front Row Reviews.

    present on the panel:
    Michael Troughton - CEO of We Fund
    Gregory Vincent - CEO of Sponsume
    Jordie Montevecchi - Director of 'Sandgrains'
    Richard Shaw - Producer of 'How to Start a Revolution'
    Heather Leach - Director of 'Dancing with Hugo Boss'
    Moderator Helen Jack for Shooting People

  • Crowdsourcing works!

    Crowdsourcing means looking for talent and skills in the crowd. An example is the flyer that was effctively used at the Sheffield Doc/Fest for promoting Sandgrains. Many thanks to graphic designer Lorenzo Dzieduszycki for helping out!

    We now also have a team of dedicated and crowdsourced researchers working on finding core audiences and implementing the data for marketing Sandgrains to funders.

    We've crowdsourced subtitles for the Sandgrains trailer, now in Danish, Turkish, English, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish! All done through the wonderful Universal Subtitles app that allows for anyone to translate into their language directly on the Sandgrains Home page. Do you speak Japanese? Finnish? Translate our trailer! Universal Subtitles is fun and easy to use.

    Below is a screenshot of the app on our home page.


    Screenshot subtitle app

  • 2nd place at the Crowdfunding Pitch!

    Back in London after an intense week of networking and documentaries.

    We arrived second at Sheffield Doc/Fest Crowdfunding Pitch, thanks to all of you!
    The online vote for Sandgrains was massive (187 votes!), but due to previously unknown rules, the present audience carried more weight.

    Thank you all for voting! It showed how much support we have!
    We now believe that we can have the film ready to screen at next years festival!

    The panel

  • Double Bill at Sheffield DocFest

    Walking around Sheffield you can see the city full of the festival's delegates with their pink passes and bags.

    2000 international delegates, over 100 documentaries, 70 industry sessions, pitching events, free drinks from the BBC and much more!

    Today we are pitching at the Frontline Club's Matchmaking event! The club championing independent journalism in the UK.
    A good test to prepare ourselves for the major pitch at the Crowdfunding Day tomorrow.

  • Sex Docs & Rock'n'roll at Sheffield!

    We finally arrived in Sheffield for the Doc/Fest and are entering the networking world!

    We woke up with a nice surprise as we have been also selected to present the film at Frontline's Club Matchmaking Event at the festival. So we will have another opportunity to be on stage to present the project!!!

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest approaching!

    Tomorrow we leave for Sheffield with butterflies crowding our bellies ahead of the upcoming Crowdfunding Pitch. We compete against four other projects and the vote is decided online at on Saturday the 11th between 4 and 6 pm. 

    Looking forward to a week of intense networking and an abundance of documentaries!

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