Capacity Building FAQ
The mission of Project Twenty1 is to Exhibit, Promote, Inspire and Connect our artists and creatives, and to build their passions into careers. We are committed to hosting programs and events that do all of these things for the foreseeable future.
In support of this mission, we have run programs such as The Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival and the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition on a volunteer-basis for the last eight years. Each year, revenue generated by our programs including team signups, submission fees, and ticket sales result in a combined 8% of our needed operating revenue. Another 7% comes from individual contributions and memberships. The remaining 85% has thus far been contributed by our founders, and our wonderful staff of dedicated volunteers.
After much discussion, the founders, board, and staff of Project Twenty1 feel it is time to take things to the next level. To this end, we are currently fundraising and capacity-building so that the organization can become sustainable long-term.
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Read through the FAQ below, and it should answer many of your questions about this phase of growth for Project Twenty1.
Project Twenty1 Capacity Building
The 21-Day Day Filmmaking Competition and The Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival will be on a temporary hiatus during this growth period. While we love curating and presenting our community’s films, our statistics show we have reached a plateau in terms of festival size and audience that can be accomplished on a volunteer level with a shoestring marketing budget. We have the time and resources to either run our current programs at their current level, or develop our organization to a level at which we can grow - but we can’t currently do both at the same time. Our goal is to build what is already the largest filmmaking competition in Philadelphia, and one of the largest animation festivals on the East Coast into something completely unique. When these programs return, we will be better able to serve our community, by connecting it with both larger, more diverse audiences and connected industry professional who can get involved in our community members’ projects and hiring emerging artists for paying positions in their field. Meanwhile, all our other programs will continue to run as normal, including Susie Filmmaker, our international Screening & Festival Partnership program, and our community involvement and educational Internship Program in Norristown, PA. Together these programs help hundreds of creatives each year, and 44% of those who have been involved in these programs report receiving paid work in their industry of choice as a direct result of their involvement with programs within Project Twenty1.
Our goal is to increase the time and resources we are able to spend our helping our community of aspiring creatives land jobs and build their artistic careers. Once Project Twenty1 has a staff of talented professionals and our flagships programs are sustainable, you can expect to see the following: 1) Increased awareness of our programs and community. 2) Larger audiences at all 21-Day Competition and PFAF screenings. 3) More high-profile judges, hosts, and participants to our events. 4) Bigger and better prize packages for our artists, hopefully including cash awards. 5) More staff and volunteers available to assist with our community’s production questions. 6) An increasingly exciting and robust Membership Program with more benefits for our Members and regularly scheduled meetings. 7) More venues and more events contributing to a larger and better than ever PFAF experience.
As long as it takes. As an organization by-artists, for artists, we launched programs first and sought funding later, which resulted in both an amazing community and events unlike any other, but also a sorely underfunded one. We need to take the time to build our existing contacts into stakeholders of the organization. The sooner we find and take advantage of these contacts, the shorter this period will be! The instant we are sustainable, we will announce dates for the upcoming PFAF and 21-Day Competition.
The best way to help our organization is to make a 100% tax-deductible donation.We are actively seeking philanthropists who believe in our mission, serious sponsors to partner with us, granting organizations that see the importance of supporting emerging media artists, and board members with 501(c)3 fundraising experience, to join our cause. --We are also currently seeking an experienced, part-time grant-writer in the Greater Philadelphia area to join our team. This is our first paid position in the history of our organization! Please send a resume with your current experience to ProjectTwenty1@gmail.com.-- -- Once we achieve certain financial milestones, we will also be seeking additional staff members on a full-time basis, including an Executive Director and Artistic Director, as well as a part-time Membership Coordinator and a project-based Sponsorship Coordinator. We will announce when those positions are available on Susie Filmmaker as soon as the capital is raised.--