What Is the Creatively Connected Online Film Festival and Why Now?
For thousands of years, we have used the power of creative expression to tell our stories, share thoughts and feelings and in so doing connect us to ourselves and others. Ironically, today’s society is increasingly linked through social media, while simultaneously losing a personal sense of connection, relevance, and belonging. Certain groups struggle especially hard with this growing burden of isolation, including older adults, those with major illnesses, caregivers, the LGBT community, veterans, adolescents and young adults, and immigrants and refugees.
The Creatively Connected Online Film Festival creates a megaphone for all voices and stories to be heard and celebrated to generate authentic connections and community. It is an opportunity to go deeper into revealing and sharing our human stories, to celebrate those who have found ways to move forward and to admire and applaud the power of creative expression and its unique ability to reveal deep and meaningful truths and to bring us together authentically and enduringly.
The Festival is a film contest, public health outreach, and celebration. It is centered around the themes, topics, and complexities of loneliness and isolation, as experienced by individuals dealing with various challenges and circumstances and explored from any perspective.
The Festival launches with two live events in New York City on May 9, 2017, both held at the New York University Law School in the West Village in Manhattan. Plus, we’re offering a unique “virtual” way to participate from anywhere at anytime:
- Public Conference. Free and open to everyone (advanced registration required), this afternoon event will include film excerpts and expert panel discussions on loneliness and isolation in various contexts.
- Festival Launch Celebration. This festive invitational and ticketed evening event will be co-hosted by Steven Safyer, MD the CEO of Montefiore Health System and Lionsgate’s President, Mike Paseornek. Arts, medicine, and public policy luminaries will join guests or screenings of winning films, awards presentations, light refreshments, and conversation.
- Online Showcase. We’ll be curating a collection of films from the Festival for everyone to see, share, and engage in the event.
Who Can Participate?
Created to capture and reward the attention of professional and semi-professional filmmakers wanting to express their insights, feelings, and imagination, the Online Film Festival offers a celebratory platform and venue for their work to be seen and appreciated.
Whether you’re an established or newly-emerged videographer, you can have your work seen by thousands within the Foundation for Art & Healing’s already engaged community, as well as a growing audience for which this work will be particularly appealing within our recently launched Creatively Connected Community (social, website, and app).
You’ll have a chance to benefit from the process of creative expression and collaborate with other filmmakers. Plus, you’ll be doing something fun and engaging that will make a difference in the lives of others.
It also provides an opportunity for all of us to experience the power of creative expression and form authentic connections as we explore this timely and provocative topic.
How to Get Started
The Festival offers multiple categories and entry fee options to help maximize filmmakers’ ability to participate, regardless of where they are on their creative journey. And with an essay-driven scholarship program for our low- income participants, no one is left out.
Our Sponsors and Collaborators
The Foundation is engaging with a broad array of noted artists in both film and non-film genres, as well as local and national arts organizations and community health stakeholders. These include foundations, local arts councils, filmmaker coalitions, museums, arts and design schools, film and media companies, colleges and universities, health systems, health plans, and pharmaceutical companies. Encouragement and enthusiasm have been high, validating the importance of this first-time event!