Fan Funds

DUFF 2014  

Aus/NZ administrator:    Bill Wright      North American administrator: John Hertz

DUFF is the Down Under Fan Fund which transports SF fans from North America to Australasia, and vice versa.

The 2014 race is a Southbound race, to transport a fan from North America to Continuum X (Carnival of Lost Souls), the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention, in Melbourne, Australia, from June 6-9, 2014. The winner may also wish to travel to other fan centres around Australia before and after the Natcon, as they are able. The winner will also be required to take over administration of the fund at the Australia/New Zealand end for the ensuing Northbound and Southbound races.

Two North American candidates have emerged, each with the requisite three nominators from North America and two nominators from the Antipodes.  The 2014 DUFF race was launched by North American administrator John Hertz when he posted the Ballot Form on Mike Glyer’s File770 news site on January 15, 2014.

The Ballot Form was enhanced with specific instructions for combined voting and payment of at least the minimum donation by PayPal, by ANZ DUFF administrator Bill Wright on January 31, 2014. The candidates, their platforms and options for voting are explained on 2014 DUFF Ballot Form, which may be downloaded from the following sites:

Votes will be accepted until midnight March 31, 2014, and must be validated by a donation of at least $5 Australian, Canadian, United States, or $7 New Zealand. Anyone active in fandom on or before 1 Jan 2014 may vote.

The winner will be announce shortly afterwards, when she will begin planning her trip with both the American and ANZ administrators.

You may obtain a DUFF 2014 Ballot Form in a number of ways, viz.

a)  by downloading the form from one of the websites listed above; or

b)  by writing to, e-mailing or phoning  one of the a DUFF administrators, either:

North America DUFF Administrator                         Australia-New Zealand DUFF Administrator

John Hertz                                                                        Bill Wright

236 S. Coronado St. #409                                               Unit 5, 1 Park Street

Los Angeles, CA 90057 USA                                         St Kilda West VIC 3182 Australia

Phone: (213) 384 6622                                                    Phone:  +62 (0)3 9534 0163

E-mail: bilw@diprimus.com.au 

Please refer to the Ballot Form for voting and payment instructions.

GUFF 2014  

Aus/NZ administrator: Kylie Ding    European administrator: Mihaela Marija Perković (Croatia)

GUFF, the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running) was created in 1979 to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and to get to know each other’s fandoms better.

Going Under Fan Fund (GUFF) laureate Mihaela Marija Perković represented European fans at Conflux 9 / Natcon 52 in Canberra on 25-28 April 2013. Her trip included attendance at Swancon, Conflux and fan centres in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, where her enthusiastic, cheerful and chatty demeanour won her many friends..

Now the 2014 GUFF race is under way, with voting ending Monday 9th  June 2014 23:59 GMT. It will send an Australian to Loncon 3, the 72nd Worldcon, in London from 14 – 18 August 2014.  Four Australians have been nominated for the Australia to Europe race, viz. Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack and Shay Telfer.

Ballot forms in PDF format are for printing and/or download from the TAFF website site at: http://taff.org.uk/ballots/guff2014.pdf.

Visit that site to have a look at the Ballot Form and read the platform of each of the four candidates. Then support the global sf community by taking the trouble to vote according to directions on the form. The minimum donation is $10.

FFANZ 2013

Australian administrator:  Edwina Harvey (NSW)     NZ administrator: Jan Butterworth 

FFANZ is the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand. It was set up to send Australians and New Zealanders to each other’s top conventions in alternate years, but there have been no takers for some time, judging from the lack of any information on same on the FFANZ website: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/Welcome.shtml or the ‘other conventions’ FFANZ website: http://sffanz.wordpress.com/category/other-conventions/.

IRS is unaware of any plans for a of any plans for a FFANZ race to send a New Zealand fan to the Continuum X (Carnival of Lost Souls), the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from June 6-9, 2014.

The current FFANZ administrators are Edwina Harvey (Australia) and Jan Butterworth (New Zealand). Last I heard, they were looking for New Zealand fans to enter a competition to represent their science fiction community at Conflux 9 / Aussie Natcon 52 in Canberra on 25-28 April 2013, but no nominations were forthcoming.

If anyone is interested in nominating

a) an Australian to attend Conclave 2, the 35th New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention

at

The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

on

ANZAC Weekend (Thursday 24 April to Sunday 27 April) 2014

                                            Website:  http://conclave2.aucontraire.org.nz/index.php

OR

b) a New Zealander to attend Continuum X (Carnival of Lost Souls), the 53rd Ausssie Natcon

at

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

on

6th to 9th of June, 2014

Website:  info@continuum.org.au/C10/

please e-mail Australian FFANZ administrator Edwina Harvey at: edwinafan@yahoo.com.

NAFF

Current administrator:  Emma Kate

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was founded in 2001 by Sue Ann Barber and Grant Watson, to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the Australian National Convention (Natcon).

Emma Kate won the 2013 NAFF race. She attended Conflux 9 / Natcon 52 in Canberra on 25-28 April 2013, representing the Western Australian science fiction community. Her brief was to meet people, make friends and have a good time, which, the editor can attest, she did in full measure.

Emma is looking for candidates for the 2014 NAFF race. Indications are that the voting period will be from 1 April to 14 May 2014. After 1 April, look for the NAFF 2014 Ballot Form on Irwin Hirsh’s unofficial Fan Funds site at: http://ozfanfunds.com/. Click on NAFF at right of screen, then scroll down to find a link to the Ballot Form.

The winner of the 2014 NAFF race will attend Continuum X (Carnival of Lost Souls), 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, on 6-9 June 2014

TAFF  – the Trans Atlantic Fan Fund

TAFF is the original permanent Fan Fund. Visit its website at:  http://taff.org.uk/,     

Thanks to Bill Wright for collating this information