DIRECTOR Meg White is calling on Hills residents to help produce her short film.
The former West Pennant Hills resident needs to raise $15,000 before December 21 to turn her action-thriller Qupid from script to film.
To raise the money, Ms White is using the crowd-funding website Pozible where people can pledge money and in return receive rewards such as T-shirts, artist prints and event invitations.
Ms White said crowd-funding sites like Pozible gave people the ability to help produce a film they would want to watch.
"Platforms like Pozible are an example where the production of art is becoming democratised," she said.
"It's important people fund it, because it shows that people care about a story of this nature being told.
"Rather than a small body of people in the government choosing to fund a project based on a set of criteria — the people are."
Qupid follows the story of Roo who is kidnapped by a mad scientist on her way to Marrickville from a game of bike polo in Redfern.
Roo will do whatever it takes to escape his evil clutches.
Ms White said audiences would enjoy the characters and the story.
"We have chosen the thriller genre to producer an entertaining but also confronting film about societal restrictions on love. More specifically homosexual relationship and the broader debates on marriage equality.
"Jess [the writer] also plays with this genre subverting the female lead Roo of her conventional victim status.
"She is strong, capable and never resigns to her situation."