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Project my voice

Film festival

We believe in the power of film to start meaningful conversations. This is why we combine film with forum theater and facilitated dialogue to create a festival experience like no other. 

 

Filmmakers can observe how audiences connect with, interpret, and respond to their creations. Audience members can go beyond screenings and actively engage with both the stories and each other. 

In addition to our festival, we offer school programs throughout the year designed to introduce students, teachers, and parents to the world of filmmaking and storytelling, emphasizing the importance of creative problem-solving, effective communication, and servant leadership.

We accept feature-length and short films from all genres. Every story is an opportunity for a great conversation! 

SUBMISSIONS OPEn
JANUARY 15, 2024

REGULAR DEADLINE
MARCH 15, 2024

NOTIFICATION DATE
AUGUST 1, 2024

event dates
september 24-25, 2024

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OUR MISSION

 

We use film to transform the way communities converse and connect. Through the combination of facilitated dialogue and forum theater, every film becomes an opportunity for audiences to confront, reflect upon, and appreciate the rich tapestry of viewpoints that exist in their community and learn how to have healthier, happier, and more productive conversations.

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How does it Work?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

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Civic Engagement

 

Through our curated film selections, we spotlight pressing social issues, motivating our audience to actively participate in community initiatives and champion causes that resonate with them.

Dialogue & Deliberation


We use films as a foundation to initiate balanced conversations. By providing a shared cinematic experience, we create a safe space for individuals to discuss and reflect on diverse topics, even those that might be considered sensitive. Our post-film discussions are designed to present multiple viewpoints, guiding our audience toward comprehensive understanding and informed decision-making.

Mental Health Awareness


By showcasing films that touch on mental health, we actively work to break down stigmas. Our facilitated discussions post-viewing encourage open dialogue about mental well-being and the importance of seeking support.

Cultural Awareness


We handpick films from diverse cultures and backgrounds, aiming to immerse our audience in varied perspectives. This deliberate choice fosters a deeper appreciation and understanding of global narratives.

Empathy Development & Communication skills


Our film selections are geared towards drawing our audience into the worlds of the characters, cultivating a sense of empathy. We encourage viewers to step into the shoes of others, broadening their horizons and deepening their emotional intelligence. Our interactive sessions post-film viewing offer participants practical tools and guidance for interrogating their own assumptions and biases and respectfully evaluating the opinions of others.

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