Crafting social impact plans for independent filmmakers
“Active Voice’s detail and dedication is masterful and I now feel well-armed to go out and engage an audience in an effective and hopefully long-lasting way. Active Voice has not only been a great resource for me, but a wonderful confirmation of the positive good we can do as filmmakers in alliance with the right outreach and engagement.” –Sophie Pegrum, TALKING TO THE AIR
Since 2010, Active Voice has worked with the Hartley Film Foundation to consult with independent filmmakers on their engagement plans. The Foundation supports filmmakers by providing fiscal sponsorship and seed grants for projects about faith and spirituality. With a desire to enhance their support, and a determination to help grantees be more competitive among funders, Managing Director Sarah Masters asked Active Voice to help filmmakers think more strategically about their projects’ impact potential. We provide participating filmmakers with webinars on the basic principles and processes of film-based community engagement, one-on-one consultations using our ACTivate planning process, and a customized set of recommendations for each project. Through this process, filmmakers receive tailored support on how to deepen the social impact of their films, and Hartley is able to take its investments to a new level. Lead image from the film Talking to the Air by Sophie Pegrum (Photo credit: Rajan Kathet)
Through our work with Hartley, we consulted with The New Black, which later led to further strategy work with the film.
Intended as a basic introduction to film-based community engagement, this document provides basic pointers for how filmmakers can start thinking about their film’s community engagement and outreach potential. Download the PDF here.