become a sponsor
As we prepare for our next stage in development, we are looking for sponsors to help us continue working on this unique project.
In July, we're taking a small crew to Sri Lanka to begin shooting interviews and networking with different Sri Lankan based companies that are interested in financing our project. Upon our return to the states, our plan is to use the footage and connections we have made in Sri Lanka to apply to grants and secure financing from US based companies that are interested in investing. These grants and financing will propel us from development into production, which we hope to start in the Summer of 2018.
If you would like to help sponsor our trip in July, your money will help cover the cost of travel, housing, food and equipment. Any dollar amount is appreciated. Once you become a sponsor of the project, you'll have the option of being updated with the progress of our project, given access to clips, and a thank you on our website and a credit in the film upon completion. We fully believe in the success of this project and would love for you to be involved.
Over the past year, my team and I have worked hard on bringing The People's Game to life.
In the Summer of 2016,
I was fortunate enough to take a trip to London and Sri Lanka. Through family connections that I'm incredibly thankful to have, I connected with Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, two very important Sri Lankan cricketers in our story. Both players gave me unmatched perspective and helped shape the project into what we have today.
In the Fall of 2016,
we connected with several key mentors in Los Angeles that helped progress our story and opened several doors. We shared our materials with Emmy award winning producers that understood the business and our position. We also connected with Andrew Fernando, ESPN Cricket Correspondent who provided us with even more perspective on what happened in 1996, as well as the state of Sri Lankan cricket today.
At the beginning of 2017,
we became a Fiscally Sponsored Project of the International Documentary Association, which is the largest non-profit supporter of documentary projects in the world. Their support has been indispensable throughout the duration of our development process. We were also incredibly lucky to connect with Wade Edwards of ICC Americas, the governing cricket board that oversees the development of cricket in the Americas. He has been a huge supporter of the project and has provided us with several connections to various cricketing organizations to help further develop our project.
If you're interested in being a sponsor, I encourage you to view the materials we have produced so far. On this page, you will find our Lookbook, Sizzle Reel and Story Treatment. Feel free to check them out, but please do not share these materials publicly.
On a personal note, this has been my dream project. As a kid, I’ve always loved listening to the stories about how Sri Lanka won a global victory in 1996, proving the world wrong and uniting a war-torn country in the process. It’s a story that has inspired me every day and it has been a privilege to finally work on this project.
Sahan Jayawardena | firstname.lastname@example.org