Story by Hannah Adams
Lights. Camera. ACTion. Take two.
Colorado State University’s ACT Human Rights Film Festival, which debuted in April, has received a $17,500 Fort Fund Cultural Innovation Grant from the City of Fort Collins.
Fort Fund grants seek to promote cultural, economic and tourism development for the city. This second round of funding comes just as planning for the 2017 festival is ramping up.
CSU Department of Communication Studies Chair and ACT Film Festival Producer Greg Dickinson said he is excited about what this means for the budding festival.
“The granters recognized that the first year was a remarkable success, and their increased support affirms that the ACT Human Rights Film Festival will be a central part of the city’s cultural life,” Dickinson said.
At a recent think-tank session at CSU, nearly a dozen campus and community members brainstormed ideas for creating a more inspiring event. The grant funding will now help ACT meet one of its top priorities — to double first-year attendance from 1,000 to 2,000 filmgoers through improved marketing and public relations — and help secure the festival as a member of the international Human Rights Film Network.
“The Department of Communication Studies is uniquely positioned to create a longstanding human rights festival that helps make Fort Collins a world-class cultural destination,” said Carol Busch, festival marketing and community engagement director.
The weeklong festival in spring 2017 will feature 20 international documentary and narrative fiction films that explore a wide range of human rights and social justice issues affecting individuals and communities around the world. The festival will again occur at the Lory Student Center Theater on the CSU campus and at the Lyric Cinema Café in Fort Collins.
Programming for the 2017 festival is underway. Scott Diffrient, ACT’s director of programming, recently attended the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City to scout new films.
Building on the success of the first year, the 2017 festival will continue attracting some of the most significant examples of documentary and narrative fiction human rights cinema produced today.
According to Dickinson, the mission of the festival is to provide an opportunity for audiences to awake to the resilience and struggles of human life, connect with one another and the world around them, and become engaged citizens.
“Through the transformative power of film, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival encourages community involvement and fosters social action,” he says.
Learn more about the 2017 ACT Human Rights Film Festival at www.actfilmfest.org.