This is the second year of our film festival about improving the urban experience. We're calling it "The New Urbanism Film Festival: City Stories on the Silver Screen"
Visualize a walkable neighborhood: a place close to work, school, cafes, theater, recreation, etc., a place safe for kids, with good public parks, libraries and transportation.
We've curated a collection of movies about people just like you working to create better urban neighborhoods. Whether they're about urban designers creating master plans, or private citizens building small scale projects, their stories are inspiring.
For our festival's second year, we need your help to improve and expand the New Urbanism Film Festival to deliver the message of human scaled neighborhoods to even more people. We had a great response to last year's event, inspiring many to return to their neighborhoods and try some of the ideas they could only see at NUFF. Your help through kickstarter will allow us to expand our advertising budget. We want to buy ads in local papers, reach out to community and student groups, and hire a public relations manager.
Our second goal for this year is to make the event more interactive and bring more attention to the idea of human scaled urban design. To do this, we need to attract more speakers to present workshops, discussions, and activities that will further inspire our attendees, and take the virtual world of film and make it concrete. So, a portion of this kickstarter fund will be used for hospitality and stipends for our guest speakers.
Our third goal for this kickstarter is to reward filmmakers. Last year, filmmakers were invited to a special dinner, and winners won plaques and prizes. This year, we want to reward and encourage these forward-thinking filmmakers by offering cash prizes that will allow them to make even more ambitious projects in the future.
To recap, our three expansion goals for our second year are
1. Bring in more experts in the field to host workshops
2. Broaden our audience
3. Reward filmmakers
Stretch Goal 1: If we can reach $13,000, we'll be able to add a full day to the festival. We've already received more submissions than we did in our entire first year, and most are feature length. In order to take advantage of this bounty, we need another day that would allow us to show more features.
Stretch Goal 2: If we reach $16,000, not only will we add another day to the annual festival, we'll host programming throughout the year. This would help grow our audience base as well as spread the message of human scale urban design.
The 2nd Annual New Urbanism Film Festival will take place Nov 6-9 in MidCity, Los Angeles CA 90036.
Submissions are currently being accepted online! We are dividing short films into five categories for screening purposes: Architecture, Bicycling, Healthy Cities, Tactical Urbanism, and Urban Design. However, short and feature films will be considered for all applicable award categories. For more info on what kinds of videos we're looking for and how to submit, visit our website!
In addition to the short and feature films that we receive as contest submissions, we will screen major motion picture feature films with a theme of urban issues. Which ones we screen, will depend on reaching or exceeding our funding goals.
Last year we screened The Garden, GDOG, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Garden was a nice complement to our short films because we did not receive a lot of submissions addressing the relationship between food and the city. Which we believe is a critical issue. So we were excited to screen The Garden and have the director Scott Kennedy join us to discuss the intricacies of food, the city, and politics.
Similarly, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was a fun choice because it deals with LA History in a fun way. And again, we were able to invite an appropriate guest speaker. Diego Cardoso, of the LA Planning Comission came to the festival and presented the true history (and future!) of rail in Los Angeles.
We will select feature films for this year's festival in the same manner: Do they complement other workshops and presentations on the schedule? Do they address an issue not covered in the short films?
How will we locate and attract speakers and presenters? In June we are travelling to Buffalo NY for the 22nd Annual Congress for the New Urbanism. We will be screening the best of last year's films. We are also involved in local advocacy groups here in Los Angeles. Between our national CNU connections and our local advocacy efforts, we are confident we can provide a roster of guests that will prove very inspiring.
Check out our website for a complete list of all 16 speakers and presenters we hosted at the first annual New Urbanism Film Festival.
If you are still asking, what is "New Urbanism" here is a brief video that explains the key concepts of the movement.
After watching that video, we hope you are inspired to make your city a better place. How can you do that? There are plenty of people already doing it and they are excited to show you how. See their stories (and make them your story) by joining us at the 2nd Annual New Urbanism Film Festival!
Risks and challenges
We have hosted this festival for one year already. We know what it takes to put on a film festival (a lot). But we have already surmounted the major obstacles of a first year of a film festival. We have an audience and connections and location.
The first challenge is a simple technical one. Availability of our guest speakers. We are still scheduling the line up of speakers and have not made any promises as to appearances. However, we believe our roster of speakers from last year proves our ability to produce an array of stimulating speakers.
The major challenge is expanding the audience. Being in our second year allows us to capitalize on our first year's publicity. In addition to that we plan to purchase ads in local newspapers, online media, and industry trades, and reach out to community and student groups. However, we cannot guarantee those methods will be effective. Through updates on Kickstarter, we will keep you up to date on our progress. And if you have ideas to offer us, we'd welcome an email from you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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