Project Twenty1 Newsletter
September 30th, 2010
Not Just A Film Festival

Hi Matt,

The 5th Annual Project Twenty1 Film & Animation Festival is THIS WEEKEND, October 1st through 3rd at the International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut St.), so here’s all you need to know:


Our online schedule can be accessed HERE.

NOTE: Today is your absolute last day to buy tickets online through our website! Tickets to workshops and screenings are only $8 via Paypal through our online store, but the store will be shut down at 10:00pm EDT TONIGHT so that we can process your orders. If you miss this window, individual screening tickets will be available for $10 CASH ONLY at the box office starting at 11:00am Friday morning. VIP passes – which get you into all 11 screenings, 5 workshops, and 2 parties – will be available for $50 CASH ONLY at the box office. We will not have the ability to process credit cards in person!

ALL FILMMAKERS who submitted films that are Official Selections in the Philadelphia Filmathon as well as all Team Leaders for the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition will each receive 2 VIP all-access passes to the festival worth $50 each. Filmmakers and Team Leaders can pick up these passes under their name or the name of their film at the box office. These passes will get you into all screenings, workshops, and parties scheduled for all three days, as well as allow you access to special Passholder-only raffles throughout the weekend. Note that this is two passes PER FILM screening, not two passes per cast/crew member on the film.

Our festival begins Friday at 11:30am, so come early and stay late and celebrate some awesome independent films in style with us!


This year’s festival brings a new feature, thanks to the help of YOU, our wonderful community: A red carpet to go with your World Premiere Films!

Check out THIS PAGE for all the red carpet info (you can still contribute!), but in essence, we will have a red carpet and wall up all weekend for photo opportunities, especially for the night’s feature presentations Friday and Saturday night as well as the Big Event – Sunday at 6:30pm as we wrap on our screenings and prepare for Sunday Night’s Awards Ceremony. Want your picture taken with the festival producers, judges, and other power players in the community? Come on out! And if you’re feeling so inclined, please contribute or at the very least spread the word! Extra contributions will go towards a potential CASH PRIZE for our filmmakers.

To paraphrase one of our teams, “To all Project Twenty1 [attendees], we’d like to extend the challenge: dress to the nines, look your best, come out to the premiere of [these movies] in full red carpet style, as though there’s going to be a thousand photos taken of you on your way into the theatre.”

We couldn’t agree more. What better way to show Philly we mean business when it comes to taking independent filmmakers seriously?

The Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public, and will take place Sunday, October 3rd at 7:00pm. At the ceremony itself, Awards will be given for Best Short and Best Feature of the Filmathon, as well as over a dozen categories for the 21-Day Competition, including Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Acting, Best Concept, and Best Marketing, and maybe a few surprises as well! Filmmakers will receive trophies, awards, and filmmaking essentials from companies like Sony Creative Software, Glidecam, Final Draft, and more!

We are also proud to have our most star-studded group of awards presenters on hand this year, including Academy-Award-winning producer Tammy Tiehel-Stedman (My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York), actress/producer Deborah Twiss (Kick-Ass, Gravity), producer/director Robbie Bryan (iMurders, Man from Earth), and filmmaker James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd). It’s gonna be a blast for sure!


Project Twenty1’s Opening Night Party will take place after the screenings, Friday October 1st at the independent artists’ paradise, The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St). This event is FREE for VIP passholders, so make sure you keep your lanyards on you! ($5 at the door for everybody else) If you haven’t been here before, you have to see this place to believe it. We will have volunteers on hand to lead you to the venue from International House following the screening of our Opening Night feature No Footing.

And after the Awards Ceremony Sunday night, October 3rd… Shorts & Shots returns! Join us as we take over the Marbar at 40th & Walnut with independent film. This event will offer FREE food, awesome drink specials, and YOUR films! Bring ANY film you’ve made, 15 minutes or less, and we’ll throw ’em in the Grab Bag and screen from them all night! Didn’t get into the Filmathon? Here’s your chance to screen anyway!

Disclaimers: it is a bar, and it will be noisy!
The best types of films to bring are those heavy on visuals and light on dialog. Think music videos, physical humor, cartoons, and skydiving videos. For example. Priority will be given to films that did NOT just screen as a part of P21Fest, so it’s a chance for everybody to see something new. You must be physically present in order to screen a film! The point is for people to be able to meet the artists behind the films.

The Shorts & Shots event will also be where we announce the winners of the Audience Award for the 21 Day Filmmaking Competition, so everybody settle in and grab some drinks with us!


Project Twenty1 is dedicated to environmental advocacy and education, as seen from our past Earth Hour & Green Networking events. We are pleased to announce that our friends at PECO have offered to help bring our green programs to this year’s festival.

According to Shareen Henson, Project Manager of PECO’s Energy Education Team , “At PECO, we put our energy into helping our customers. Important changes are taking place in our energy market.  As part of our continued effort to keep our customers informed, the PECO Energy Education Team is participating in a variety of community events and workshops.  Our team will review all of the upcoming changes, and what programs PECO has to help customers manage these changing times. To keep customers and our community ‘in the know,’ we want to emphasize that PECO is committed to easing the transition by offering various tools and programs for you to use less energy, save money and the environment too!”

PECO will provide valuable information that will help you save the environment, AND save some cash. And what independent artist couldn’t use that? Stop by their booth for lots of free stuff and a new look on energy conservation, at home, at work, and on set.


For those who haven’t made accommodations yet,
we highly recommend the Sheraton University City – literally NEXT DOOR to the screening venue – which has offered extremely discounted rates for P21 attendees for the nights of October 1st-3rd so you can hang out all weekend with us! Follow this link to access your special rate.

Please come out and show your support! Our festival is nothing without our community, and everything we are, we owe to you. The least we can do is thank you all in person by throwing you all an awesome three days of events.

Your friends, as always,

Stephanie Yuhas, Executive Producer

Matt Conant, Artistic Director

Not Just A Film Festival

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