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Entries Invited for Council on Foundations’ Annual Film & Video Festival

The Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media are seeking submissions of films and videos for the council’s 45th Annual Film and Video Festival, to be held April 29 – May 1, 2012, in Los Angeles.

The festival showcases films, videos, and television programs that have received support from foundations, corporate giving programs, and donor networks with the aim of encouraging grantmakers to use media to advance their philanthropic goals.

Submissions may target local, state, regional, national, and international audiences. The selection committee will give special consideration to projects that demonstrate innovative strategies for distribution, outreach, public education, and civic engagement, including multi-platform distribution through Web sites, social networking sites, or mobile applications; distribution through schools, libraries, or the meetings and conferences of nonprofit organizations; or other comprehensive distribution/engagement plans.

To be eligible, projects must have received full or partial funding for production, distribution, and/or outreach from a private, community, operating, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; or a donor network. The grantmaker does not have to be a member of the council or GFEM.

Films and videos must have been completed within the two years prior to June 6, 2011. No works in progress will be considered. Works may be of any length — from feature length to a brief public service announcement.

Approximately fifteen films will be selected for the festival. Of these, two films will be selected to receive the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media from GFEM. The films chosen for the festival will also be promoted to funders and screened during the council’s annual conference, as well as at the council’s conferences for community foundations and family philanthropy. A short clip of the festival selections will be shown on the film festival Web site.

Projects may be submitted by filmmakers, project directors, sponsors, or funding sources. Each submission requires a $60 entry fee.

For complete program information and application procedures, visit the GFEM Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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