As we come to the end of 2011, Project Twenty1, like you, follows the tradition of looking back on all of the things we have accomplished while looking forward to another exciting new year.
Throughout 2011, Project Twenty1 expanded its internship program to host six students and recent graduates for spring, summer and fall semesters, teaching advanced video editing techniques, marketing, and non-profit administration. Several graduating interns and award-winners in our community received placement in-the-field on paid productions through our partners at Crystalline Studios, Cinevore Studios, and Cinemassacre Productions. According to a December 2011 survey, 45% of our artistic community has reported receiving paying work through connections made through our programs.
In March, Project Twenty1 hosted an environmentally-friendly Shorts & Shots event observing Earth Hour in March. In May, we continued our efforts on Norristown Arts Hill through the 2nd Annual NAH Festival, where we assisted with marketing and coordinating screening panels that allowed attendees to assist with the 2011 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival Official Selections.
In July, we hosted our 21-Day Filmmaking Competition Launch Event at Lucky Strike Lounge & Lanes in Philadelphia in an effort to help creative and artistic individuals turn their passions into careers. Through these events, hundreds of artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors, and animators were able to meet each other and form new creative collaborations and receive public exhibitions. This program resulted in the creation of 52 original international short films and animations.
In the fall, we hosted our sixth annual Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, exhibiting over 130 independent short and feature-length films and over 60 World Premieres, and welcoming attendees to Philadelphia from as far as Michigan, Seattle, and even Bangladesh. Project Twenty1 provided over 250 free festival passes to all featured filmmakers, and hosted free educational workshops during the festival for all passholders. Our workshops covered a wide range of topics including legalities behind starting a creative business, monetizing online content, and social media marketing.
In addition to running the above programs, Project Twenty1 formed new partnerships with Filmprov, Comic Book Sunday, and the Everett Women’s Film Festival to host additional screenings from our Film Library to bring additional exposure to independent artists in our community. We provided dozens of free movie tickets, raffles and event passes to our Members, and we will continue to grow our partner list to expand our member offerings for 2012.
All of the above accomplishments were made possible in part through the support of our community. We sincerely thank you.
As we look forward to 2012 and all the wonderful things we can do together, we hope that you will join us in EPIC pursuit to Exhibit, Promote, Inspire & Connect creatives. We know there are many organizations deserving of your support, and we’re grateful that you would consider Project Twenty1 among them. We urge you to continue the tradition of giving by making a tax-deductible contribution today or becoming a Member. You can support us online or make checks/money orders payable to Project Twenty1, 107 East Main Street, Suite LL1, Norristown, PA 19401.
Thank you again, and happy holidays!
The Project Twenty1 Volunteers, Board & “Susie Filmmakers”