The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) is a global community with a strong local presence, promoting transformative filmmaking, and fostering social change through film, education, and networking. Founded by the Solet Initiative in 2009, SCFFI believes that social change film and storytelling have the power to transform lives, communities, and societies and create a more just, humane, and sustainable future.
Each year, the Social Change Film Festival selects a new global locality to host the festival. The inaugural festival last year was held in Ubud, Bali Indonesia. This year’s festival will be held in New Orleans. The event is a truly global affair as attendees will be coming all the way from Africa, Indonesia, Canada and Australia.
SCFFI features five days of films, panels, workshops, and special events to inspire a global community focused on expanding the reach of conscious social change film and media. SCFFI chooses an annual theme that is explored throughout the festival’s events in order to raise awareness about critical social, environmental, and political issues. The theme for the 2012 festival is Water: Challenges & Solutions.
The festival’s many events will held in various venues across the city, including Dillard Univeristy, Loyola University, the Contemporary Arts Center, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, and Tipitina’s.
Some of the feature films screening at this year’s festival:
Arise – Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus – Cafeteria Man, Dear Governor Cuomo & SoLA: Louisiana Water Stories – Elemental – My Name is Faith – Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey – plus the Louisiana-shot Beasts of the Southern Wild
Many short films will also screen:
Admissions – Bikela Bagarap (Big Damage) – Carbon for Water – Coexist – Educating the Streets: Building Society – Jesus was a Commie – Meltdown in Tibet – The Peacewalker – It’s In Your Hands – and highlights from Drop by Drop Youth Film Contest
Bringing it All Together: Storytelling, Film, Web, Mobile & Social Action (DEC 1, Dillard University) – Water Issues & Challenges (DEC 1, CAC) – Indigenous Filmmakers Showcase: The Ancient Technology of Story & Community Building
Produce and Sell Your Idea to Television (NOV 28, 29, 30) – Approaches to Environmental Media (NOV 30) – Introduction to Screenwriting with an Emphasis on Social Justice Themes (NOV 30) – Songwriting for Social Change (NOV 30) – Women & Social Change Filmmaking: Women and War (Dec 1) – Masters Class: Producing Series for TV and Web (DEC 1)
*All workshops will be held at Dillard University, with the exception of “Women & Social Change Filmmaking which will be held at Loyola University (For more info on each individual workshop, click here)
SCFFI Indigenous Filmmakers Showcase at Contemporary Arts Center (NOV 29)
Panel Discussion with Indigenous Filmmaker Honorees moderated by Neva Adamson of FPW. Screenings of Cry Rock by Banchi Hanuse & March Point by Tracy Rector.
Communities of Resilience – A Gulf Update Town Hall Meeting at Loyola University (NOV 30)
Community leaders, activists, artists and filmmakers from across the Gulf region come together to discuss rebuilding in a Post BP, Post Katrina and now in a Post-Issac world. Co-hosted by the Mississippi Center for Justice.
SCFFI Awards & Activist Gala at Tipitina’s (NOV 30)
Fundraiser for NOLA organizations and Water non-profits. Co-hosted by New Orleans’ own 2-Cent TV & Edu-tainment with Honorary Chairperson Director and Producer Anthony Hemingway (Treme, The Wire, Red Tails) and social change comedian Jennifer Rawlings. Live music from DJ RQaway, Los Po-Boy-Citos, and The Local Skank.
You can download the full film and event schedule here:
And for more general information on the festival and institute, please visit their official website.
For tickets and passes, check out http://www.socialchangefilmfestival.org/attend. Single Screenings & Workshops run from $6 – $30 at the door, but many of the community events are free and open to the public.
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