NEWSLETTER – July 24th, 2009

Dear friends and community of Project Twenty1,

We are so thrilled to have you all on board as we gear up for 2009’s big events and we have some BIG news for the procrastinators amongst you:


We’ve heard it all month, from filmmakers all over: “Is it too late to sign up? I just heard about it! How do I sign up as a Team?” So, due to overwhelming demand (and because we’re just so damn nice), we’re going to REOPEN the 2009 21-Day Filmmaking Competition for new Teams from July 24th-July 31st. Take advantage of it now or forever hold your peace!

For those of you who have signed up already, don’t worry, there’s reward for your punctuality. The Early Deadline was $100 back in March, the Late Deadline was $150… if you decide to join us now, we have to make it $175. It’s only fair to the Teams that were first on board! But we still want to give everybody a fair chance to participate, because trust us, and ask any of our prior years’ Participants… it’s the best $175 you’ll ever spend on a film. If you don’t believe us, check out the Prizes page, featuring over $1000 in software from Sony Creative Software and Pegasys, and the MASSIVE amount of marketing and free film festival submissions you will receive once your complete your project!

You will be showcasing your filmmaking skills up against competitors from all over the U.S. as well as the UK and Greece! Among them, last year’s winners for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Soundtrack, and Best Acting.

We promise nothing short of a great time, and at its best, perhaps an actual life-changing experience.


It’s nearly here! After months of waiting, The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition 2009 is finally about to begin. The Teams are on the starting line, they’re just waiting for the gun to go off!

If you’re local, don’t miss the:

Project Twenty1 Launch Event & Networking Party
Saturday, August 1st, 2 pm – 6 pm
North Bowl Lounge & Lanes
909 N. 2nd St (map)
Philadelphia, PA 19123     USA
FREE, all ages welcomed!  RSVP on Evite RSVP on Facebook
$3 Pabst Blue Ribbon
$1 of every PBR purchase goes back to Project Twenty1!

Come one, come all! Many attendees will be making a film in the three weeks that follow, so meet enough people, and you’re bound to end up working on at least one film this August, doing anything from acting to composing music to PA work. The Launch Event will conclude with the announcing of the 2009 Rules, followed by the reveal of this year’s “Secret Element” that all the 21-Day films must include. All the filmmakers will then set off to make their films, and they’ll be due back at North Bowl on August 22nd by 6:00pm.

21+ can enjoy CHEAP drink specials. Win hundreds of dollars in door prizes from Dymo! Want to know what to expect? Check out clips from last year’s Launch Event!

Not local? We’ve got you covered! Nicole Greene, our PR Coordinator
(aka Susie Filmmaker on Facebook), and Ian Rose, our awesome video intern, will be helping us simulcast much of the event on so that all Teams will be able to hear the reveal of the Secret Element simultaneously! We’ll also e-mail the Element to participating Teams as soon as we announce it, just in case not everybody is online at that exact second.

We would like to thank our sponsor Crystalline Studios for setting up the event simulcast. Not a Team but want to join one? Get on the forum and support our Teams from all over the world.

Special thanks to event sponsor North Bowl for hosting!


Entries have been flowing in for this year’s Philadelphia Filmathon, where our official Call for Entries has passed, BUT there’s always a last chance to get your film into the coolest festival in town. ONE SUBMISSION GOES A LONG WAY! Submit ANY project, short film, feature, animation, live-action, music video, whatever, to the 2009 Filmathon, and your film enters our library. This means when our Festival Partners come to us for content, we can send them your film, saving you time & money and possibly qualifying you for tons of awards and prizes indefinitely. In a nutshell, we will keep finding every possible angle to screen your film until you tell us to stop! Just consider us your non-exclusive agents.

The deadline for The Philadelphia Filmathon Call for Entries is as follows:

July 31st: Last Chance Deadline: $75/$60 Filmathon

CLICK HERE to Print & Complete our short entry form


Remember, we love to promote you! But we can’t do that unless we have some of your work. So if you have something to show, send it to us! What are you waiting for?


The best way to get involved, for people in the Philadelphia region, is by coming out to our Launch Event August 1st and seeing what we’re all about!

But, for those of you outside our region:

Check out our Forum if you are a writer, actor, musician, or other artist looking to get involved in films, and hook up with our filmmakers who will be making films in August.

Apply to join our Internship Program. If you have Arts & Production, Marketing, Web or Administrative skills, we are now offering credits and accepting applications for the Fall 2009 semester. Check with your school! Not a student but interested? Contact us anyway! We work with professionals on all levels.

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.

Donations keep our cameras rolling! We are an all-volunteer organization that functions on the support of our community. Please consider making a donation to ensure we can continue to hold screenings, networking events, seminars, and festivals for the foreseeable future.


Follow Project Twenty1 more easily than ever in 2009:

Befriend or follow us on: Facebook MySpace Twitter YouTube

NewsTwenty1 on Facebook‘s NetworkedBlogs app. News Twenty1 will allow you to feed our breaking news updates to your Twitter Home page, rather than having to always check our site.

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

Your friends, as always,

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


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