Saturday, February 27, 2010

FFFF Advisory Committee

The Freethought Film Festival Foundation is in the process of forming an advisory committee for the International Freethought Film Festival. As our focus is on the creative and artistic expression of freethought ideas through film, the committee will comprise of individuals with experience in the film industry and an understanding of the vision behind the International Freethought Film Festival. At this time, we have two members on the FFFF Advisory Committee; with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

We are pleased to announce that Brian Keith Dalton, of Lazy Eye Productions—whose popular Web series, Mr. Deity, is widely known throughout the freethought community— has volunteered to be on the committee. James Harris, of Shameless Films, is also on our FFFF Advisory Committee. He is based in the UK, and some of James’s films have been shown on BBC, ITV, Sky TV and at film festivals world-wide. He is also a comedian and has written for the BBC. Also on the committee is LaRae Meadows, a movie reviewer; and Tracy King, who runs a busy marketing company in London, UK, works for skeptic organizations, writes for Skepchick, and is the producer of the much anticipated Tim Minchin "Storm" movie.

It is exciting to have these creative (and witty) minds to give their input on the planning of the International Freethought Film Festival. We look forward to adding to our committee and collaborating with others who also have a passion for independent films.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Growing Enthusiasm for the International Freethought Film Festival

With the International Freethought Film Festival targeted for November, we are excited about the journey we have ahead of us in the planning process and execution of the event. Last year, in August, we launched our efforts to make this film festival a reality. 2009 proved to be a great beginning!

-Our Facebook Page went up.

-Our Website was built.

-Our non-profit incorporation was established.

-We welcomed the American Humanist Association and Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay as our first committed film sponsors.

-Enthusiastic endorsements confirmed the support of other freethinking organizations/groups/Websites.

-We opened up our Call for Submissions in October.

-We shared our mission at the Atheist Alliance International Convention in Los Angeles.

-We set up a partnership with Withoutabox for film submissions.

-We became participating partners in the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason.

-We filed for 501(c)3 non-profit exemption to make donations tax deductible. (pending...we should know in less than 60 days if we have been approved)

-We had a great turnout of submissions for those who took advantage of our Early Bird Deadline.

-The number of Facebook fans reached 150...not bad!

It is likely that there were other milestones that have escaped my memory (there have been so many). The point is, with so much of the groundwork already laid out, we are off to a great start in 2010!

If you are excited about our mission of promoting reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film; and excited about the International Freethought Film Festival as the expression of that mission; share with others your enthusiasm. You can do this by sharing our Notes and Updates, suggesting our Page to your Facebook friends, write about us in your blogs or in discussion groups, and inform any local groups in which you may be involved.

Best in reason,

Andrea Steele
Executive Director
Freethought Film Festival Foundation