106% Funded


Target: €3000


€3,191 Raised


103 Funders


By Sinead Dolan


“Encounter” is a short romantic comedy set in Sligo; African boy meets Irish girl and some people don’t like it.

Our story centres on Jonah, who visits Sligo from South Africa on business, but finds himself falling for Irish girl, Bella. He quickly realizes that the ways of Sligo are quite different to home and has to learn what makes an Irish girl tick.

He faces challenges along the way; family pressures, jealous rivals, miscommunications and cultural differences. With a lot of help (aka interference) from family and friends, he bares all, metaphorically and literally, to try and win her heart. But ultimately he can only try and gain Bella’s respect by being himself.

“Encounter” is a collaborative project, bringing together a diverse group of international and Irish people who live in Sligo. We have a cast and crew ready, willing and able to bring this story from script to screen.

This script is the product of Create’s Artist in the Community scheme. Filmmaker Sinéad Dolan worked with a community drama group for 3 months, where we had workshops in screen-writing, art, acting and filmmaking. We explored themes of cross-cultural issues, identity and prejudice and wrote a script that reflects real-life experiences, incorporates themes of difference, but is first and foremost a romantic comedy.

This project has been successful at promoting integration at grassroots level and we would like to broaden the positive integration by making and distributing the film. Shooting “Encounter” is also an opportunity for participants to gain experience and put their new skills into practice. We have commitments from a range of professionals in the area who are willing to share their skills and time, but we will need food, phones, transport, some crew and equipment to realise the project.

So we need a little help, and that’s where you come in…join our community as funders.

As this is a community film, the money we raise will be spent locally.




Hi there, Today we received our list of funders and contacts from fundit, so just wanted to let you know we will be in touch asap regarding your rewards. We have started shooting and have spent a few cold days out and about in Sligo, with our fantastic cast and crew. Lots of fun and lots of hard work! We will be posting pics on our facebook page and we'll be in touch as soon as we gather all the reward details. Sinead and Sabona Community Group x

More thanks

Thank you everybody who has been so supportive of our project. We are really close and confident that we will make our target. Big thanks and lots of African/Irish love to you all. From all at Sabona Community Productions

More than half-way there.

Hi guys, Thanks so much for the support. We are not even half way through our campaign but we are over half-way to our target, all thanks to you! We will be posting some of Joe's artwork on our facebook page, so if you have chosen this reward, get in touch and let us know which one you like, (we don't have access yet to what rewards people have chosen). https://www.facebook.com/Encounter.AshortfilmsetinSligo We had a trial run at the weekend where the cast and crew got to rehearse and learn to use the equipment, the group worked really well together. See some photos on FB too. We have a few new supporters join our group this week, from the local community and beyond. Thank you to Jessica Mannion and the Sligo IT Marketing Department who kindly let us show our promo at the end of their Innovative Marketing session today. And we have been invited to give a guest lecture to the I.T. students in Community Development about our project, looking forward to that. And some of us have been asked to present our project and promo video to Sligo Co. Council Rapid programme, to show what a positive impact this project has had so far. Thanks again Sabona Community Productions Sabona FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sabonacommunityproductions?ref=ts

Wow - what a response!

Thank you so much to all our funders so far. And thanks to everyone who keeps sharing the Slollywood love...

funders (103)

There are 101 public funders of this project


There are 2 anonymous funders of this project