Two filmmakers from Oxfordshire are seeking funding for a feature documentary on the rituals surrounding football and the way they give the game meaning for the people who watch it.

The Football Tribe will take the form of a series of intimate scenes conveying the richness of football culture, and how it has become embedded in the daily lives of its devotees.

It will span nationalities, genders and ages, to accurately capture the nature of the game and its eclectic mix of fans.

The documentary will return to the individuals featured, using football as a vehicle to go deeper into their lives and the world in which they inhabit.

"These different narrative arcs will be weaved together to build an image of the human condition, told through football," said Sam Perry who comes from Brill on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border.

"It’ll examine just how deeply football has shaped our everyday experience, from drunken pub banter to Sunday league matches in Eastern European fields."

The two boys met playing for Crendon Corinthians, the local team in Long Crendon, which ignited their passion for football.

Sam Perry is a documentary filmmaker with a background in music licensing for film and TV.

He studied documentary filmmaking in Buenos Aires and has refined his skills working on everything from BBC documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters like Mission Impossible.

Sam Bassett is a director and editor specialising in documentary and factual film.

After studying Media and Cultural Studies at University of the Arts in London he went on to do a Masters in Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Arts).

He has since edited two feature documentaries, sports broadcast and a number of short films, where he has refined his storytelling techniques.

The campaign is well under way and the pair secured over £3,000 in funding in just two days.

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