NEWSLETTER – April 22nd, 2009

Thank you to everybody who has been attending our events this year (and there’s been a lot of you!). It’s been an exciting year so far, and it’s only getting better! For you filmmakers, that time you’ve been waiting for is finally here:


Team Signups to the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and the Early Deadline Discount will end on April 30th! Ask anybody who’s done it before, it is likely the best $100 you’ll ever spend. Filmmaking this year is to take place between August 1st and August 22nd. All entries completed before the deadline are guaranteed a theatrical screening in downtown Philadelphia, and become eligible for Awards and Prizes. If your film is in the top tier, it will also win inclusion on the 2009 Project Twenty1 DVD, as well as getting sent to over a dozen other festivals nationwide on your behalf! How much would all THOSE entry fees cost you? You do the math. Just this year, 21-Day Films have been selected to screen all around Philadelphia and as far as Sitka, Alaska (Alaska Film Festival) and Phoenix, Arizona (No Festival Required) through our Festival Partners.

We are also accepting pre-existing films to the Philadelphia Filmathon, where ONE SUBMISSION GOES A LONG WAY! In addition to potentially screening at the October 2009 Project Twenty1 Film Festival, when you submit ANYTHING to the Filmathon, you have the option to let us place your film into our permanent database, which gives us the ability to submit it on your behalf to our partner organizations, screenings, and festivals, saving you time & money and possibly qualifying you for tons of awards and prizes indefinitely! In a nutshell, if we like your film, we will keep finding ways to screen it until you tell us to stop! Consider us your non-exclusive agents.

The deadlines for The Philadelphia Filmathon Call for Entries & 21-Day Team Signups are as follows:

April 30: Early Deadline: $100 Competition/$21 Filmathon
May 31: Regular Deadline: $125 Compettion/$35 Filmathon
June 30: Late Deadline: $150 Competiton/$50 Filmathon

Remember, we are here to promote you! But we can’t do that unless you send us your work. So sign up as a Team or send us your project, and make your film or animation a part of the Project Twenty1 network!


We have a new addition to our Grand Prize package for both the Filmathon and 21-Day Competition this year. PEGASYS Inc. has agreed to donate a copy of their renown TMPGEnc Super Bundle Pack, a $300 value, to the winner of “Best Film” in the 21-Day Competition and “Best Feature” in the Filmathon. TMPGEnc Plus software is still one of the most popular MPEG-1/2 video encoders available. And the Super Bundle Pack includes the company’s two flagship products, the TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress video encoder and the new TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 for Blu-ray and high definition video, as well as the popular TMPGEnc MovieStyle, and TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 3. Be sure to check out the company’s website at to learn more about these amazing products. To see the Grand Prize packages as they currently stand, check out the 21-Day Competition Prize page and the Philadelphia Filmathon Prize page. Check back often throughout the spring, as we’re constantly adding to these packages!


Ready for our next awesome event? The Philadelphia Film Society & Project Twenty1 present:


Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 8:00pm – ???

World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA

$10/$8 PFS members (buy tickets)

(click to add event to your Facebook!)

The evening will begin with The Living Wake, a dark comedy where an eccentric man with one day left to live is taken around town by his best friend, handing out invitations to his last performance. The floor will then open up to an exclusive Q&A with the film’s director, Sol Tryon, followed by a free prize giveaway.

To wrap the night, we will present an Undercover Feature. The name of the Undercover Feature will not be announced until exhibition, but clues will be circulated online.

Can you uncover the mystery? CU Clue #1: QUIRKY COMEDY

Want to find more clues? Follow us:

Note: Although we want you to have fun, please don’t drink and drive! We have arranged for a discounted hotel rate of $119/night (regular price $224!) at the Sheraton right around the corner from WCL on 36th and Chestnut Streets. Click here to reserve or call 215-387-8000 x606 and use the coupon code “Project21″.

From all of us at the Philadelphia Film Society & Project Twenty1, have fun…but be safe!


Show off your short film (and short pants!) at this FREE open mic-style screening event, followed by a networking mixer filled with filmmakers, animators, musicians, talent & industry professionals.

Bring your films, animations, music videos, and trailers (under 10 minutes) on DVD to receive a potential screening. Audience members will randomly select films from the pile throughout the evening. Top short film of the night will win over $200 worth of prizes! The most hilarious short pants of the night will also win something special!

Thursday, May 14th
The Village Pour House
64 Third Ave (corner of 11th St)
New York, NY 10003

6 pm – 10 pm
2-for-1 DRINK SPECIALS, 21+

Click to RSVP on Evite or join our Facebook group to keep informed.

NOTE: Please check to make sure your disk works before you come! We are not responsible for glitchy disks, but we’ll do the best we can to give you an awesome screening! Viewer discretion advised for potential R-Rated content.

Eat, Drink & Be INDIE!


Project Twenty1 wrapped our first-ever Music Contest in February. The winning musician: LiTaL! As our Contest Winner, LiTaL’s song, “That’s How I Got Here” off her album journey back, has been chosen as the Official Theme for the 2009 21-Day Filmmaking Competition. Some of you may have already seen our 21-Day Competition trailer, featuring the song, that we debuted a month or so ago. journey back is “An unapologetic fuse of rock, dance, electronic, pop and funk. Mindful lyrical content that holds form in the face of the great folk and alternative writers of our time. Lacking no substance, fueled by passion, power and pain.”

As an added bonus to our filmmakers, LiTaL and her manager, Brett Gottleib have agreed to make LiTaL’s music available FREE to anybody who wants it for use in their 21-Day Films! Once the Competition is underway, simply reach out to Brett and request use of one of LiTaL’s songs, and he will provide you with everything you need!

Want to hear more from LiTaL? Help us bring her to Philadelphia for the Project Twenty1 Film Festival in October by clicking the picture on the left and hitting the “Demand it!” button on our Music Contest page. With your help, we can unite yet another talented musician with a pool of talented filmmakers so they can make sweet music/film together!


MovieMaker Magazine wrote an awesome article about us last week, featuring an awesome photo from Team Genesis Entertainment Group. Want your production photos included in future Project Twenty1 articles? Make sure you send us high-res photos to (if you have a lot of them, you can use a free service like to upload them to us by FTP).

Also, if you are serious about the indie film scene, you should definitely pick up a copy MovieMaker Magazine, the nation’s most widely read magazine on independent film in the world. You can save money by using our exclusive P21 Friends & Family coupon code for only $6/year (Reg $18). Sign up today at


Contact us! We have a rapidly growing fan base, and as we branch out with new events, new venues, new Festival Partners, and new sponsors for 2009, we are open to collaboration with all types of creative and business organizations that can help us support our filmmakers and enhance our artistic community.


Follow Project Twenty1 more easily than ever in 2009:

Befriend or follow us on: Facebook MySpace Twitter

Project Twenty1 on Facebook‘s new NetworkedBlogs app. News Twenty1 is currently the largest blog community in the Philadelphia network. Help us keep it that way: spread the word!

Befriend the Project Twenty1 Girls (Susie Filmmaker on Facebook). Susie is more than happy to answer all your questions about Project Twenty1 in 2009.

Project Twenty1 on YouTube, featuring our Channel Twenty1, with all 47 21-Day Films in our current archives.

Your friends, as always,

Stephanie Yuhas, Executive Producer
Matt Conant, Director
Project Twenty1
Not Just A Film Festival


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