The return of Wolverhampton’s Black Bird Film Festival proved to be successful with double the funds raised compared to last year.
£558 was raised for charity at the event at Arena Theatre on February 25, a significant increase on last year’s £230.
This year, all the money collected from donations and ticket sales is going to Crisis, a national charity supporting single homeless people
Organiser Alexandra Hackett, 24, described homelessness as a ‘huge trigger’ for her.
She said: “I’m really proud that we not only met our dream target, but we also surpassed it.
“When I was a toddler myself and my mum were close to having nowhere to live, I value home very much, so it upsets me a lot to see people who don’t even have the basics.”
Independent filmmakers used the festival’s platform to not only showcase their production skills, but also to make light of fitting subjects on the big screen.
Topics ranged from comedy and dark humour to homelessness and sexual assault, with each individual film awarded accolades based on traits such as performance and editing skills.
Wolverhampton mayor Phil Page and his wife Sandra were also in attendance, both of whom showed strong support for more to be done to tackle the rising number of young people becoming homeless during their opening speech.
Alexandra believes hosting the festival in Birmingham next year would be a stride in the right direction and could help to get more people involved.
She said: “Hopefully the festival will continue to grow, we have some ideas in the works already to help accomplish that.”