Ryan Parish here, one of the cofounders of Birmingham Anime Film Festival.
Firstly, thank you to those who joined us for the (attempted) screening of End of Evangelion at The MAC on Friday 18th August.
Secondly, apologies that technical difficulties prevented us from showing the film to you but the technology had gone into berserk mode.
Frustratedly we tried everything we could to bring the film to you but as time ran on we were conscious that we wouldn’t be able to bring you the full film and still finish at a reasonable time for people to travel home.
It’s disappointing and we understand some of you had travelled long times or distances to watch a rare screening of Hideki Anno’s masterpiece. As big Evangelion fans ourselves we’re upset that things went so awry. All we can say is God was definitely not in his heaven and all was not right with the world tonight.
The MAC should be getting in touch with ticket holders over the next few days, so please bear with us. If you didn’t leave details or haven’t heard from them by the end of the week please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do what we can to help make things right. We’re considering multiple options to make it the best situation possible.
Once again, everyone involved with BAFF would like to sincerely apologise, and we hope that this incident won’t affect your interest in the rest of what is truly an amazing range of anime titles which we want to share with Birmingham and the wider world.
We can offer assurances that lessons have been learned from last night. All future films will be double and tripled checked to ensure they’re in full working order. We also ensure that backups are available where possible. Again, we’re fans of these movies ourselves, and we want nothing more than to see these movies up on the big screen where they belong, and in the right order.
I know we can’t forget the past, you can’t forget love and pride, but we hope you can forgive us