News Release

July 20, 2010


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Lights Camera Help Announces Official Selections for 2010 Nonprofit Film Festival

Seven Austin and Central Texas Cause-Driven Films among Finalists

AUSTIN, TexasOfficial selections have been made for the 2010 Lights Camera Help Film Festival, the first film festival exclusively for nonprofit and cause-driven film, to be held July 29 to July 31 in Austin, Texas.

Of the 235 films submitted from all over the world, 33 were selected to be screened at the second-annual festival.

Seven of the official selections include films affiliated with organizations from Austin and Central Texas: Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, the Capital Area Foodbank, The Octopus Club, Austin Pets Alive, WorldWide Workshop Foundation, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and the Livestrong Foundation.

Other films selected are affiliated with an array of nonprofits and causes from a variety of places: Kenya, El Salvador, Honduras, India and elsewhere in the United States.

Some films are the work of well-known nonprofits such as Oxfam and the Livestrong Foundation, while others are made by independent film makers or small and relatively unknown nonprofits like Austin’s Octopus Club, which sells erotic art to raise money to fight AIDS.

“I’m most looking forward to showing off the incredible diversity of the amazing films we received,” said Rich Vazquez, co-founder of Lights Camera Help.  “Everything from education for girls in rural India, to biking across country for diabetes research, to big cat rescue will be featured at this year’s festival.”

Awards will be given for best PSA, featurelength and short film. All proceeds from ticket sales and contributions made to via the website will be donated to the organizations or causes featured in the winning films.

“We like the idea of film enthusiasts getting together and collectively donating to an organization that’s produced a fantastic film,said festival creator David J. Neff.  “And from the ticket holder’s perspective, they get to see great films, with the added benefit of contributing to great causes.”

Last year’s winning film was Art From the Streets, a documentary directed by Austin-based filmmaker Layton Blaylock. The $1,000 raised by the festival was donated to the Art From the Streets program, the subject of the film, which is located at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.

The festival received nearly 100 more films than it did for last year’s inaugural festival, and hosts are excited to share more high-quality films that inspire thought and action.

“We’re really trying to encourage other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to get their message out by really highlighting what these films are capable of
,” said Aaron Bramley, co-founder of Lights Camera Help.  “These films have the power to pull heartstrings and motivate the masses and we want to foster that by putting these films on the big screen.”

Judging the festival this year are Victor Diaz, film reporter for News 8 Austin; Armando Rayo, vice president of engagements at Cultural Strategies Inc.; and Jill Chamberlain, a professional screenwriter and director of The Screenplay Workshop. Judges will look at the quality of each films cinematography and sound, and most importantly, the clarity of the message or call to action.

On Thursday, July 29, Lights Camera Help will open at the Mexican American Cultural Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The festival continues on Friday, July 30, at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The final day is Saturday, July 31, at Space 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a wrap party at 7 p.m. following that day’s screenings.

Tickets are now on sale at Three-day passes are $30, two-day passes are $20 and single-day tickets are $12.

Lights. Camera. Help. is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit with the mission to encourage other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to share their stories.  In addition to the festival, the organization does this through educational programing and a volunteer match program that pairs filmmakers with nonprofits to make great films.

The full lineup and schedule are available at

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For more information about the Lights Camera Help Film Festival and its other programs and services, visit