Press Release – LOS ANGELES — UPTOGOOD, in partnership with New Roads School, is launching its first-annual UPTOGOOD Impact FIlm Festival in an effort to gather a community of students, filmmakers, activists, non-profits and practitioners at the intersection of video storytelling and social impact.
Open to high school, college and film school students across the United States, this unique festival will curate and present the 8 best short films about social issues and the actionable steps we can take towards solving them.
At UPTOGOOD, we believe that combining the power of storytelling with tangible calls to action leads to positive and long-lasting impact that goes beyond awareness. As we empower changemakers to highlight social issues and solutions in our communities and use the film festival to amplify that impact, we hope to inspire others to become enlightened allies to myriad of deserving causes. As we empower young people to lead this charge, we can be more certain that positive change will be seen in our lifetime and beyond.
Combining a traditional film festival with a powerful platform built for video-driven social impact campaigns, the inaugural UPTOGOOD Impact Film Festival inspires students to produce and share videos on UPTOGOOD’s multi-function online venue to catalyze positive social change.
Festival passes are on sale now here until April 22nd.
Festival participants are also invited to attend specially-curated panel discussions before the film screenings. The day includes workshops on bringing social change to the classroom, film case studies on successful impact stories and best practices on campaigning for social change. Attendees will receive an array of thoughtful gifts from Festival Partners, including a tree-kit from ForestNation to mark Earth Day.
Winners of the film festival will receive crucial promotional and distribution support for their film from festival partners in order to gain further audience traction, as well as special consultation to amplify their impact and enhance visibility for their cause. Festival partner, GoPro, will also provide winners with a GoPro Hero5 Session camera.
We are thankful for our influential board of social-impact practitioners who will be judging and speaking at this event, including key partners like Participant Media, the team that brought us films such as Spotlight, Citizen Four, The Cove and An Inconvenient Truth.
Confirmed Judges include:
Confirmed Speakers include:
Generous Prizes confirmed include prizes offered by:
We are also thankful for the support, generosity, and inspiration brought by our many partners. They all play a valuable role in supporting and amplifying the festival winners with their incredible services and communities.
Confirmed Festival Partners include:
Actuality Media, Art with Impact, Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Beyond Cinema, Bring Change 2 Mind, Causeartist, Causementary, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University, CM Wedding & Events, Connect4Climate, Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles, Convenors.org, Creative Visions, Environmental Charter Schools, Forest Nation, General Assembly, Genius Pictures Goldhirsh Foundation, Global Citizen, GoPro, Green Ambassadors, Groupeezz, Hara Motion Picture Conservatory, Harmony Institute, International Documentary Association, iLiving, Keep a Breast, Kiss the Ground, Lindstrom Impact Strategies, Media Institute for Social Change, Museum of Tolerance, Nadya’s Identity Files, Net Impact, Net Impact (USC Marshall School of Business Chapter), Participant Media, PCDNetwork, Picture Motion, POV, Rizzarr, Rock Your World, Sequoyah School, SIMA, The Giving Back Fund, UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact, The Nation of Artists, The White Feather Foundation, World Merit
UPTOGOOD Impact Film Festival Website: http://www.UPTOGOODImpactFilmFestival.org
UPTOGOOD platform: https://www.UPTOGOOD.org
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New Roads School Website: http://www.newroads.org
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