Artivist Film Festival: Merging Art and Activism

DVD cover art for for the British environmental film Anthropology 101.

From the Beyond Trident Group, the film portrays "the dangers of a civilisation unwilling to heed the warning signs of climate change, the widening ‘Rich/Poor Gap’ and nuclear proliferation." Directed by Wayne Brittenden (whom I know from his Political Compass) , with music by Bian Eno, the project won the 2007 Artivist Award for an an environmental film.

October 2-5, 2008, the fifth annual Artivist Film Festivawill open at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Cal before touring. The festival was founded by Diaky Diaz and concentrates on films addressing Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Animal Rights and Environmental Preservation through film and music. Winning Filmmakers have the opportunity to distribute their films through the Artivist Film Network.

Past premieres screened at the festival have included "Super Size Me", "Fast Food Nation", "Born Into Brothels", "Trudell", and "Emmanuel's Gift".Both "Super Size Me" and "Born Into Brothels" went on to recieve Oscar nominations. In the past 4 years, Artivist has screened more than 250 international activist films from 35 countries.

The festival screens shorts, feature length films, documentaries, narratives, music videos, animated works, experimental and animated film and videos directed by international filmmakers. Submissions information is available at the website.