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City Under the Floorboards

A young boy finds a magical city under the floorboards and uses it to overcome his monstrous mother

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This project received pledges on Sat 16 Jan 2016


Peter is a young boy about to become seven years old. All he wants for his birthday is to play outside with his father, who has become a recluse living in the attic. His mother won’t let this happen, and fights to keep control of her son, and her husband, to keep things just the way she likes them to be. When Peter decides to reach out to his father, things in his life start to unravel, and not even the magical model city in the attic can stop them.

We are the City Under the Floorboards team, we are looking to raise money to make an amazing, high quality short film that will push ourselves creatively while allowing us to express our passion for filmmaking and create something engaging and enjoyable for everyone who watches it!

Who WE ARE...

In October this year, eight Film and TV students from the University of York got together with the shared aim of producing a stunning short film to showcase the skills we have developed over our course. The result is City Under the Floorboards!

We are an incredibly passionate and committed group whose previous work has been screened at film festivals across the UK and further afield as well as being recognised by the Royal Television Society. 

Watch the video below to have a look at our past work...


We absolutely love films! We love watching films, we love making films. We love the way film creates an immersive creative platform that anyone can enjoy and be involved in.

City Under the Floorboards gives us the opportunity to tackle a social issue in a creative, fantastical way.  We want to stimulate people and get them thinking about the issue of domestic abuse as well as creating an enjoyable and entertaining film.

We are so excited to create something that not only looks and sounds incredible, but also explore a serious issue in an interesting and challenging way.

We want to share every part of this project with you. It means so much to us and we hope our energy and passion will be shared by you. Films are exciting to make, and we want to share that excitement with you! 

Where will the money go? 

The best films are truly immersive; we want to create a world that is easy to get lost in. Unfortunately we need money to make this a reality. Luckily we have managed to reduce costs with the wonderful support of the University of York who have provided us with some fantastic equipment. However, we still need your help to bring our ideas to life.

If we could achieve our minimum funding target it would allow us to secure some amazing locations and incredible actors who will transform the film into something breathtaking.

Every penny you can give over our minimum target will be seen on screen, allowing us to create the film world, and aid the construction of the intricate model city hidden away under the attic's floorboards.

Here is a quick look at how our budget breaks down:


This money will go towards building the incredible model city that plays a key role in the film.


Moving our equipment between locations and ensuring actors have somewhere to stay so that they can give the best performance each day.


Obviously we want as many people to see this film as possible and this money will enable us to put our film out there.


Filmmaking can be hard work and it’s important to keep our cast and crew fuelled up during the shoot.


This includes administrative costs, hair and make-up and other smaller costs.

20% CONTINGENCY - £300

Whatever could go wrong probably will go wrong, so it’s important to have a little money in reserve to make sure that whatever happens we can still make an amazing film.

We have arranged some awesome rewards for anyone who would like to support our project! Justlook to the right of the screen to find out more.

Find us here 

To keep up to date on the project please like and share our pages

Facebook - City Under the Floorboards

Twitter - cityunderfloor

Instagram - cityunderthefloorboards

Also keep an eye on our website www.cityunderthefloorboards.co.uk for updates on the project and much more!

Help us succeed!

This project means so much to all the team! While every penny you give will massively help us achieve our goals you don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us and make sure you follow us on social media.

In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please support us and help make this happen.

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £5 or more

Thank you! You will receive a personal thank you message from the crew as well as access to exclusive pre-production updates!

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2016

Pledge £10 or more

Thank you for your support! As well as the above you will receive an invitation to a special cinema screening of the finished film in York. *transport isn't included*

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2016

Pledge £15 or more

In return for your kindness you will receive all of the above plus a digital download of the finished film. This is the best way to get a chance to watch the film as due to Festival rules it can't be published online for the foreseeable future.

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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016

Pledge £25 or more

As well as all of the above, you will receive a personal thank you postcard from the cast and crew as well as a DVD of the finished film.

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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016

Pledge £35 or more

In addition to everything mentioned above, you will receive an Special Edition DVD featuring exclusive additional content such as extra films made by the crew, behind the scenes material and more!

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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016

Pledge £50 or more

To say thank you for your generosity as well as all of the above you will receive a Blu-Ray featuring the finished film and a load of extra amazing content. You will also get an exclusive high quality print of a piece of the film's concept art.

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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016

Pledge £70 or more

We are so grateful for your donation. To say thanks you will receive all of the above as well as a beautiful presentation copy of the City Under the Floorboards script as well as a personalised thank you letter from a member of the production team.

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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016

Pledge £100 or more

Thank you so much! As well as all of the above you will have the opportunity to have your name hidden somewhere in the final film.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2016

Pledge £250 or more

Wow! For your extremely generous donation not only will you receive all of the above but you will also get an "Associate Producer" credit to say thank you for your amazing support as well as the opportunity to visit the City Under the Floorboards cast on crew on-set in a unique behind-the scenes experience. *Travel and Accommodation not covered*

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2016