A response to MMBF’s naming Tommy Robinson “Goodwill Ambassador”

Until November 2017, Pop Up! Scotland and the unDependence Film Festival had a valued partnership with the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund (MMBF). However, we are suspending that partnership due to the recent announcement of EDL founder Tommy Robinson (Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon) as an MMBF “Goodwill Ambassador”. We have reached out to MMBF to express our concerns about this appointment and will update our followers on any response we receive.

unDependence Film Festival was built buy a group of creatives, film enthusiasts, and social change makers to create dialogue about film and make independent film more accessible. We started during Scotland’s 2014 Independence Referendum as a way to harness the creative energy, enthusiasm, and action happening in Scotland. We have never endorsed any political party or view point. Throughout it’s lifetime, unDependence Film Festival has hoped to foster community, creativity, and active dialogue about our society from the silly to the serious and all points in between.

Our organisation does not endorse Tommy Robinson or his documented history of bigotry, hatred, and criminal activities. We are deeply saddened by the direction the MMBF has chosen to take.

unDependence Film Festival 2018 in Stirling and Edinburgh is well underway and while we will be looking for new financial backing to fill this void, we have no plans to stop what we’re doing. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from our audience, filmmakers, and community.

Anne Rushing

Creative Director

Pop Up! Scotland