We are passionate about what is ours, the rural world, ethnography, our origins and this time we are going to prove it with our new documentary project "El Caballo Español", "The Spanish Horse" and we want you to be part of it.
A story that was created to raise awareness of the role of this intelligent and unique animal, whose performance has contributed so much to our society for centuries.
An exciting story, told from the most intimate point of view of six protagonists who live very closely the equestrian world. Six lives that reveal to us how they look to learn about their origins and the purity and breed from the beginning of history in the peninsula to the present day.
This opportunity encourages us to undertake together with enthusiasm and with your invaluable and voluntary participation, the making of this documentary entitled "The Spanish Horse " .
Your grain of sand will serve to sponsor this cultural and informative project. It is destined for the national and international market, through the cinema, or in the living room of any home. Any viewer will be able to see a story that will help them understand the importance of caring for and preserving this animal because of its great value.
A documentary that focuses on showing and making known tasks, origins and crucial performance of the horse "in the peninsula" through unique testimonies of historians and veterinarians, breeders and dressage experts, champions of races and competitions, equestrian associations or an art director in equestrian theatre and, finally, different experts in hippotherapy.
About the rewards
One way to finance ourselves would be through loans or through grants and subsidies. But we don't think these are the best options, neither in terms of time nor objectives.
That's why we chose this platform, to be able to finance the work quickly in 40 days and offer you a very interesting deal: that you become a patron and an essential part of our documentary and become one of the godfathers or godmothers that makes this project possible in exchange for a symbolic amount of money with this formula of micro-patronage .
For this we have prepared a series of rewards, prizes, gifts, to invite you. We need money to be able to shoot even a low budget documentary, we want to hire the necessary staff to make it happen.
Your support, no matter how small, is necessary, and it all adds up. Our friends, family, acquaintances, with all of you we share this adventure to make it possible. Although there is no price to thank you for your small, medium or large contribution, we will always be grateful to you, for trusting in our challenge and if you also support us, in making it possible.
We need funding as for any project but not too much, just enough. A ridiculous amount compared by other cinematography works. It is not an easy task to finance the project from start to finish. We are going to do it with a minimum team, as we have done on other occasions. It is not a question of big budgets but of careful planning, and however austere it may be, to be able to bring your objective to fruition.
If you help us, you will be promoting an informative project through film. You become a promoter of this project, helping to make part of our culture, traditions and history known. Something that will remain forever in the archive of Spanish documentary cinema.
One of the added advantages to your contribution is that you will be able to watch our documentary online in your living room before anyone else . Yes, the one in which you are the co-protagonist, benefactor and although you will only be able to share it with your family and friends, that evening will be a wonderful occasion to feel proud of your collaboration.
In addition, we will send you an exclusive Official Movie Poster in poster size and dedicated especially for you, or an official t-shirt that we have created if you choose this reward to support us. You also have limited edition prints, a private photography course and photography workshops draw, invitations to the preview in different cities and also to several online events; a digital coffee where you can participate and chat with the production team of the documentary and a webinar on travel photography, because we really want to thank you with everything we can for participating and joining the team.
We also ask you to share and spread this campaign, as well as our enthusiasm for this project, your project, our project. We want all our friends to at least know about it, to know that they have the opportunity to do it, to collaborate with all of us. This is the link:
As we are 100% involved with this project, we want you to know that your contribution will go to social works and projects related to the treatment of children's diseases and mobility problems through foundations that treat them through hippotherapy and equine therapy.
A 5% of some of the most precious rewards will go to these entities, foundations and NGOs that we will soon make public.
Who we are
Although it is perhaps the least important thing, it is surely necessary, for those of you who don't know me. My name is Francisco Javier, although my friends call me Chavi. I am a photography teacher and a restless, curious, enterprising person, eager to fight every day and help to continue fulfilling dreams and illusions that bring hope and joy.
I have lived in the village, in the countryside. I love the mountains, rural areas, nature and I continue to admire and respect rural people and their traditions. Here and through film, I try, through photography, to proudly disseminate our richness and multiculturalism, our customs, stories, traditions and landscapes that I have been sharing for years in my workshops and travelling from north to south of the peninsula and from which I learn more and more every day.
They say that the best way to protect and preserve what we have is to make it easily and simply understood. Music and images converted into film sequences, stories, plots, are a great tool for this.
Educating through photography is something we have been doing for years, but doing it through film is an incredible avenue through entertainment and today, thanks to streaming platforms with a reach never before imagined for any independent filmmaker.
Our experience in documentary
Our previous documentary ("El Paisaje del olivar" 2021) was made with a budget of 30.000€ -approximately ten percent of the average budget of a documentary of its category, subject and class-. For ten months, and with patience, humility and a lot of effort, I filmed in more than eighty locations and interviewed experts in the world of the olive grove and the countryside to show the camera the richness of our tradition, the difficulties and challenges of the countryside and the friendlier side to avoid the depopulation of rural areas and to stop climate change while respecting the planet and its increasingly scarce resources.
The Landscape of the Olive Grove has travelled to 36 countries in five continents in less than a year. In that time, in addition to bringing the challenges and current problems of our culture, tradition and landscapes to the world through the screen, it has managed to highlight the importance of the rural environment and its people for the development of an advanced and modern society, which does not forget nor should it ignore its origins.
The documentary has received twenty international awards and recognitions, including "Best Direction" at the American Film Festival Ficah in August 2021 and other awards in the category of "Best Photography" in New York, Budapest, Berlin, Montreal, Lisbon among others.
A great opportunity to document what is ours
With this new documentary project, The Spanish Horse, a new opportunity opens up. An inner, personal, intimate look from caregiver to animal, from animal to child or physiotherapist. From artist to stage companion, from historian to border horse jockey, from veterinarian or breeder to racing champion.
Through extensive documentation work in which we have been immersed for some time and the testimony of experts closely linked to the fascinating world of the horse, we have exciting stories that give us in-depth secrets of breed, care, therapy, dressage, competition, and history of the Andalusian horse.
This new documentary, 90 to 100 minutes long, with a budget of approximately 30.000 €, (very low, like the previous one) is going to be made with a minimum team of professionals and some of them, as is my case, playing multiple roles to optimise costs and resources.
Having a very low budget limits us in the time that passes from the pre-production phase, filming to the final editing. Everything takes a long time because we have limited resources in human resources, but it is the price to pay as any independent production whose challenge is "with very little, do what you want to do ".
What will your contributions go towards?
This campaign allows us to start with the minimum budget necessary, €15,000 to cover the main initial costs of permits, archive material, documentation, essential rental of sound and lighting equipment for the minimum filming set, insurance, transport and subsistence during the filming of the months of June, July and August during which the filming will take place, as well as staff costs.
Once all the filming material has been obtained, it is time to assemble the final script and rely on the criteria, experience and invaluable help of four great professionals: a scriptwriter, who will give rhythm, intrigue and style to the final version, an expert sound recordist, who will do the final sound mixing, an editor-colourist-editor who will give life through colour and finally an expert philologist, who helps us to translate and adapt the subtitled version into English as well as the correction of texts.
All the rest, I will have the opportunity, as on the previous occasion, to do it in person. A new challenge, taking on the role of direction-camera-production-production-production-direct sound - editing-post-production, leaving the project ready and finished to leave a graphic and sound archive for posterity and to include it as a documentary feature film of cultural interest in the [ICAA Spanish Film Catalogue]
Here you can see the production schedule and the approximate dates to get our project off the ground. We hope in these 40 days of crowdfunding to get the necessary funding for it.
January, March: Pre-production
April, May: Launch of Crowdfunding campaign and search for sponsors.
June, July, August: Shooting
August-November: Editing, editing, final sound mixing
November: Final DCP copy
December: Premiere in the assigned cities and delivery of rewards to backers.
First semester 2023: Distribution Festivals and programmers.
Second semester 2023: Release on digital platforms and TVs.
Partnerships and sponsorships
We are open to all kinds of proposals in addition to this first round of funding, mainly private and corporate sponsors, through crowdfunding with which we can start and really adjust with the essentials to take our documentary forward.
If you have any other idea and want to collaborate or sponsor this project, just let us know. Although our budget is minimal and basic, at this moment, all the contributions that exceed this objective will help us to improve the final result.
In any case, all help and ideas are welcome. Get involved now, don't hesitate. This noble project needs you.
You know where to find me if you have any questions.
Francisco Javier Fernández Bordonada.
Zoom o WhatsApp +34 619703569