The Campaign Is Now On!

And here it is! Together with my charity, The 88 Project , we have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an interview series about female activists in Vietnam.

As mentioned in my other post, this year I’ve been running charity races to raise awareness about the cause. In the next few months I’ll sharing more updates about the campaigns and my runs.

To find out more about the project, please check our GoFundMe page:
https://uk.gofundme.com/run-for-vietnamese-activists

Thanks in advance for your support!

Run For Vietnamese Activists

This year I’ll be running 5 long-distance races to raise awareness about female prisoners and activists in Vietnam. Soon, together with The 88 Project, we will launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the cause. Over the coming months I’ll be sharing more updates on my website and social media.

Currently, I’m preparing for the following runs:

Transgrancanaria – Canary Islands – 24th February – 30 km
Sheffield Half – United Kingdom – 8th March – Half Marathon
Pitztal – Austria – 4th August – 26 km
North York Moors – United Kingdom – 29th September – Half Marathon
Suffolk – United Kingdom – 20th October – Marathon

As a woman I believe it’s important to show solidarity with courageous and determined ladies who fight for their basic human rights. I hope that my runs and the awareness campaign will help their voices to be heard.

Thanks in advance for the support!

Human Rights Project: Political Prisoner Database

I’m so excited to let you know that a searchable database of political prisoners in Vietnam is now published online! This was the latest initiative of The 88 Project, a non-profit organisation for human rights, which I’m proudly a part of. My two dear friends and colleagues, Huong and Kaylee, build an amazing website called vietnamprisoners.info

If you have ever wondered how many political prisoners are there in Vietnam right now, how many of them are women, how many of them were arrested last year, the searchable Political Prisoner Database is for you! You can search by various fields, including gender, religion, and type of activism, and we have detailed profiles for many prisoners.

The website was intended to support advocacy and assistance efforts for political prisoners and their families. Check it out!

Night Drive at ‘She Lives’ Film Festival

It was so amazing to be a part of ‘She Lives‘ Short Film Festival tonight. I met so many talented, driven and inspiring ladies! Thank you all for your kind words on my short film ‘Night Drive’. It didn’t expect that at all! Now I’m really motivated to work on my next film project!

I would also like to encourage men and women to work together to bring diversity to cinema #timesup Together we can make a change!

Casting for ‘Dad’ is now open!

Dear filmmakers,
We are casting for our new short film, “Dad”.
Please see the details below.
Production title: Dad
Genre: Drama
Project length: Short Film (10 minutes)
Production location: London
Production Company: South East Productions
Director: Magda Olchawska
Producers: Ella Gancarz, Marek Olchawski
Audition Location: London
Shooting Location: London
Compensation: dependent on experience
Auditions: Starting 05/05/2017
Shooting: 08/07/2017
SYNOPSIS
“Dad” is a story about Jo, an unemployed man who struggles to maintain relationship with his little son after divorce.
CHARACTERS
DAD/JO
Gender: male
Playing age: Late 30’s – early 40’s
Height: any
Appearance: Pretty athletic (knows how to kick football), English/Irish/Scottish/American (native speaker), white Caucasian, dark/grey hair.
Special requirements: Must have experience working with children
EVE
Gender: female
Playing age: 30’s
Height: any
Appearance: Any origins, doesn’t have to be a native speaker, European actors welcome.
Special requirements: Must be able to speak with Spanish accent, working with children experience desirable
MUM
Gender: female
Playing age: late 30’s early 40’s.
Height: any
Appearance: Attractive, confident, good-looking woman, doesn’t have to be a native speaker, European actors welcome, able to speak with an Eastern European accent.
Special requirements: Working with children experience desirable
If you’re interested, please submit your showreel via my contact page:
Thanks,
Ella

Night Drive, finalist at Muybridge Short Film Festival!

I’m thrilled to announce that ‘Night Drive’ has been selected as a finalist at the Muybridge Short Film Festival! The London-based festival takes its name from a pioneering and seminal film maker, Eadweard Muybridge, ‘The Father of Film’.

The event will take place over the weekend of January 28th and January 29th 2017 and ‘Night Drive’ is scheduled to be the last film shown at the end of the second act.

Muybridge Short Film Festival brings together some of the best international short films by new and young filmmakers featured alongside those from more seasoned film directors. It’s an honour to be a finalist!