The reason I mount this campaign for URBMN is simple: the site is caught in a catch-22. If I want to get URBMN’s name out there, I need to go to a few industry functions. These things are sometimes expensive to attend, even with the media accreditation. I live between Ottawa and Toronto, which is not the best place to run a media-centric blog.
The campaign’s modest by design – I actually think $500 is excessive, for a travel fund. If the URBMN campaign can reach or surpass $500, that would be great.
Full details are here:
The URBMN 2012 Travel Fund
There’s a history behind me, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In 2010, URBMN was given media accreditation, which was later revoked. In 2011, URBMN was officially given media accreditation around September 12, 2011 – which was five days after URBMN attended the 2011 Gemini Awards, and too late for me to build a travel plan around the festival. If all goes well, 2012 will be the first time URBMN attends OIAF and TAC.
Here are the schedules for the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and the Television Animation Conference. I’ll have a better idea of which panels/industry gatherings URBMN will frequent, within a week or so.
This IndieGoGo campaign is almost a week old, though I haven’t mentioned it on URBMN until now. This fund is to make up whatever deficits accrue from attending both industry functions, OIAF/TAC 2012 in particular. The deadline is October 1, 2012.
Keep in mind, this IndieGoGo campaign isn’t about me going to parties. It’s about reviving URBMN after a year of inactivity. I want to see who actually frequents this site, and who respects my work enough to support it monetarily. At the end of the day, I do URBMN to cover stories that aren’t featured on other Canadian television and entertainment blogs. I want to keep doing that.