5th Annual

Anthem Libertarian Film Festival

July 08, 2015 to July 11, 2015

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U.S. Narrative Feature
. Narrative features must highlight a libertarian theme. They can be any genre--comedy, drama, action, mystery, etc. They must present a problem created by authoritarian control and resolved by personal innovation or free enterprise. The theme may be subtle. The authority could be a parent, employer, or school board, for example; it does not have to be a government. We are looking for films that celebrate individual initiative, personal accountability, and self-reliance.
U.S. Documentary Feature
Documentaries must have a libertarian theme. Stories should be about self-reliance and solving problems without government regulation, intrusion, or support. They can be about government or the private sector, and they should reveal problems that limit individual liberties.
Feature documentaries must be between 41 and 95 minutes. Docs longer than 95 minutes will not be considered.
International Narrative Feature
Narrative features must highlight a libertarian theme. They can be any genre--comedy, drama, action, mystery, etc. They must present a problem created by authoritarian control and resolved by personal innovation or free enterprise. The theme may be subtle. The authoritarian figure could be a parent, employer, or school board; it does not have to be a government. We are looking for films that celebrate individual initiative, personal accountability, and self-reliance. .
International Documentary
International documentaries must highlight a libertarian theme and be set primarily outside the U.S. They should present a problem created by authoritarian control and solved by personal resolve or free enterprise. The theme may be subtle. The authoritarian figure could be a parent, employer, or school board; it does not have to be a government. We are looking for films that celebrate individual initiative, personal accountability, and self-reliance.
Short Narrative
Short narrative features must have a libertarian theme. They can be any genre, and they can originate from any country. Protagonists should be self-reliant individualists who solve their own problems and follow their own paths. Antagonists should be any person or entity that limits individual liberty.
Short Documentary
Short Documentaries must highlight a libertarian theme. They should present a problem created by authoritarian control and solved by personal resolve or free enterprise. The theme may be subtle. We are looking for films that celebrate individual initiative, personal accountability, and self-reliance. They may originate from any country.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Anthem, The Libertarian Film Festival, is dedicated to finding and presenting the year's best films about personal and civil liberty. We seek films and documentaries about self-reliance, innovation, commerce, individual rights, and the power of persuasion over force.

Libertarian heroes follow their own paths. They do not conform to the expectations of others. When something goes wrong, they fix it themselves. When something goes right, they give credit where it is due. We want to see protagonists acting in their own self interest, doing all that they can for themselves without government intrusion, regulation, or support. When people watch out for themselves, they create a better world for everyone.

Libertarian films are about choice, opportunity, and knocking down obstacles. They often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better.

Filmmakers often screen to standing-room-only audiences at Anthem, because Anthem is part of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.” With over 2,500 attendees and 200 speakers on topics including politics, economics, history, science, health, art, and literature, FreedomFest provides a ready audience of eager viewers for Anthem’s filmmakers. Our comfortable 250-seat theater was often overflowing at last year's festival, and over 1,000 people attended our two featured films.

See you at the movies--Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, July 8-11, 2015.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Most film festivals struggle to attract an audience to watch their movies. But that's not a problem at Anthem! Last season we had standing-room crowds of eager movie goers in our comfortable 250-seat theater at nearly every screening of our outstanding lineup of films.

That's because Anthem is part of FreedomFest, "the world's largest gathering of free minds," where each year over 2,500 people and 200 speakers meet for a multi-national conference of ideas. We gather the best and brightest minds to speak about geo-politics, finance, history, philosophy, science & technology, art & literature, and healthy living. Past speakers include publisher Steve Forbes, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, libertarian Senator Rand Paul, Skeptic Magazine publisher Michael Shermer, and science fiction authors David Brin and Orson Scott Card. This year Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman will be duking it out with economist Steve Moore, and Glenn Beck is coming too. John Stossel of Fox Business News films an entire show there, interviewing our speakers as his guests. C-Span comes every year too. How about you? For more information about FreedomFest, go to www.freedomfest.com.

Filmmakers have a blast at Anthem. They go to yoga classes in the mornings, listen to fascinating speakers during the day, watch and comment on each other's movies, network with filmmakers and potential producers, and celebrate at our Gala Awards Banquet. And FreedomFest attendees love the film festival. Viewers packed the theater for every documentary. More than one attendee said, "I can buy the recordings of the FF speakers and listen to them later. I'm staying to watch all the films!" Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that so many of our films have gone on to find distribution when carrying the Anthem laurel. Last year's grand prize winner, "Poverty, Inc.," is now on track to screen at several prestigious festivals. And we discovered it at Anthem. If you are a filmmaker creating movies about individual liberty, you need to be at Anthem.

Why the name "Anthem"?
We think Anthem is the perfect name for our film festival. An anthem is a choral composition that stirs its hearers to action. We consider our Anthem to be a similar voice of warning, one that stirs viewers to action against both tyranny and mediocrity.

"Anthem" is also the title of Ayn Rand's second novel, and for pure storytelling, it is her best book. Set in a dystopian future when the concept of individuality has been completely stamped out, it tells the story of a man who discovers the suppressed truth that all humans ought to be free to think and act for themselves. Written in 1937, "Anthem" was a precursor to such great warning voices as George Orwell's "1984" (1948), Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" (1953), and Lois Lowry's "The Giver" (1992).
Serendipitously, Anthem is also the name of a little town near Las Vegas, Nevada, where FreedomFest and the libertarian film festival are held in the middle of July each year. We hope to see you at Planet Hollywood July 8-11, 2015.



ORGANIZERS

Jo Ann Skousen (Festival Registrar); Jo Ann Skousen (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

Films must present a libertarian theme. What does that mean? Libertarian films tend to be about choice, opportunity, and knocking down obstacles. They demonstrate the power of persuasion over the force of authority. Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making one's own life better.

Include a synopsis of the film and a complete list of cast and credits with your submission. Do not affix paper labels to your DVD, as they tend to get stuck in the machines. Include a SASE if you want your DVD returned.
Films will be screened at the festival in DVD or Blu-Ray format.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Anthem Libertarian Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Anthem Libertarian Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.