Listen up… this is important. As of May 2018 the following applies:
We take our responsibilities seriously and don’t want to cheese anyone off. When you buy a ticket from us, we have to collect some data from you in order to be able to administer the ticket. This includes name, email and address. We will keep this data until the end of the year, 2 years after you bought the ticket ie if you buy a ticket in March 2018 for the 2018 festival, we will keep your details until the end of 2020.
We are now asking everyone when they buy a ticket if they would like to be added to our postal mailing list. Our aim is to have explicit confirmation of signing up to our postal mailing list for the 2019 London festival. Before this date you may receive a printed brochure having not explicitly asked for one. We are very sorry if you receive one and do not want one. Please contact us to tell us.
We also have an e-newsletter mailing list. This list has been gathered over the years from a mixture of requests via our mailchimp subscription form, via our submissions form or by email. Obvs if you find you are receiving unwanted newsletters at any point, just unsubscribe. The data on our e-newsletter list will be retained until someone unsubscribes.
We use mailchimp for our newsletter and brochure mailing lists. Mailchimp have assured users that they are giving a GDPR compliant service. We have to believe them.
Data sent in on our submissions form will be retained for 3 years after submitting a film, unless you request otherwise. So if you submit a film for the 2018 festival we will keep your submission email until the end of the 2021 festival. This is because we often contact film makers in subsequent years as we did not have a slot for your film in the year you sent in the film. By submitting your film to the festival we assume that you want it to be considered for screening, therefore we do our best to screen as many films as we can. This means we need to retain film submission information for a few years to try and achieve this aim. If we want to retain your film information beyond this time period, we will contact you and ask you.
Film submissions come to us in the form of an email via our online form. The above policy applies to the emails that we receive from this form and does not mean that the data has been removed from our database on the web server. If you wish for all records to be removed, let us know and we will do this (though it’s a bit more techy and less straightforward so please only ask us this if you really really need to change your identity / are on the run etc and need these details to be erased forever).
We use Yahoo for our email which means our emails are probably stored on a server in the USA. All we can do about this for now is tell you about this fact and explain that this means emails and submission form entries are possibly stored in the US. As the dust settles from the GDPR scramble, we’ll look further into this and its implications and whether we should be moving to an EU-based email service.
If you email us about being a volunteer, we will keep your email and contact details for 3 years after the festival that you were applying for i.e. if you applied to volunteer at the 2018 festival then we will keep your records until the end of the 2021 festival. This allows us to contact you to offer you another volunteer role in subsequent years.
If you buy a ticket from us then this information is stored on the server used by our ticketing system (Ticket Tailor). They have assured us that they will be GDPR ready. We also receive an email notification that you have bought a ticket from us and this will be retained on our Yahoo mail server. We will retain these records for 3 years after the festival you bought a ticket for i.e. if you buy a ticket for the 2018 festival we will delete your records from both Ticket Tailor and our Yahoo mail after the 2021 festival. This allows us to resolve any disputes that may arise about ticket sales. Beyond this point we may retain stripped-back information about our ticket sales, such as quantity of tickets bought and location. We will remove any identifiers from this data such as name, address or emails but may keep postcodes. We will use this data for our own analysis and will not pass it on to any third parties.
Any questions about all this, please contact us.