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Time for ACTION – Lights. Camera. Help.
This weekend marks the first annual Lights. Camera. Help. awards festival, and you need to check this out! Lights. Camera. Help. is the premiere film festival for non-profit and cause-driven organizations.
Numerous organizations are taking part in this annual event by submitting films and videos directly related to advancing their cause, to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The films and videos will gain recognition by being considered the best in one of several distinct categories.
I wish I knew about this group before I met and became friends with founder David J. Neff at the AMA Nonprofit Marketing Conference two weeks ago. David was honored with a Social Media award by the AMA for his outstanding work in the field. Lights. Camera. Help. is just one of many ways he is contributing to Online, Video and Social Media. If I had known, I would have submitted videos from Operation Smile for consideration! Well, we will be there next year!
Not only is this festival a cool idea (I know, if you say “cool” it is a sure sign you are not!), but it’s importance in furthering video as a nonprofit marketing tool can’t be understated. Video is simply a crucial cornerstone for almost any successful and rounded nonprofit marketing strategy, and an event that recognizes the best will help further our ability to spread the word, empower supporters and raise funds. Not only will Lights. Camera. Help. highlight outstanding work in the field, they will offer support to nonprofits on how to effectively use video to further their missions. Additionally, proceeds of the festival go to the winning nonprofit.
If you can get to Austin this weekend, check it out. A three day pass is available for only $15. Unfortunately, I can’t make it in this weekend, but I do have a ticket to give away for free. Just contact me and let me know you want to go, and it is yours!!! If you can make, find David and say hi. He is a great guy.
This festival is the first of its kind in the nation and reflects the spirit of Austin, a prominent city in the non-profit, cause-driven and activism communities. These organizations, along with filmmakers, will use the festival to spread the word about their cause, develop a community of followers, and expand the film-for-a-cause genre.
This year The Lights. Camera. Help. team viewed over 140 nonprofit and cause-driven films. One of these lucky organizations will take home all of the proceeds from these events so get your tickets today! Pre-judging has narrowed the competition down to 19 groups:
Mills to Manhattan – Best Friends Animal Society
Survivors of Dating Abuse – Break the Cycle
Manifesto – Lance Armstrong Foundation
Family Portraits – Jewish Family Services of Seattle
Give 5 – United Way Capital Area
Reality, Mobility, Independence – Wheelchair Foundation
Think Pink Lemonade Stand – Women Playing for T.I.M.E.
Think Before You Speak – Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Aid to Artisans – Aid to Artisans
Fowl Play – Mercy for Animals
Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars – Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition
Red Ink – We Are Family
Perfect Match – Michigan Humane Society
Time Bomb – charity:water
Impacting the Future – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Tale of Two Brothers – Los Angles Urban League
Thoughts in a Hijab – Reel Grrls
The Perfect Parent PSAs – AdoptUSKids
Art From The Streets – Art From The Streets
So, head out this weekend if you can. Otherwise, we’ll post the winning video soon!