Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Crowdfunding for Film

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

If you are interested in how to finance a film through the power of crowdfunding or just curious about it, come along to this introductory talk to meet multi-award winning director Jason Wingard. You will get to see some of the results and get answers to your questions. 


6 25 Crowdfunding for FilmJason Wingard

Jason Wingard

Jason is a multi-award winning director based in South Manchester. 

He worked for five years as a comedian before he realised he wasn’t that funny!  Despite this he was runner up in the North West Comedian of the year 2011 losing out to Justin Moorhouse.

Graduating with a first class honours degree in Film and Photography in 2004, he has made many  films since then.

In 2010 he won the Virgin Media Shorts People’s Choice award with comedy film Ben and Jackie and had two films shortlisted for the Reed Film Competition.  It was 2011 when he won the Virgin Shorts Grand Prize, with a value of £30,000 for his short film 2:20. 

Using this money he made short film Going to Mecca starring comedian Jack Carroll, which was screened in Palm Springs, LSFF and LA Comedy Festival. He is in the process of making this into a feature film.

In 2015 Jason led a team of people into ‘the jungle’ in Calais to shoot his first feature film In Another Life which portrays the refugee crisis directly from within with some of the refugees having character roles in the film.  He raised the money for the completion of the film using a crowdfunding campaign.   It is currently being entered for many international film competitions.



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