The festival is over, but the giving and creativity of the next year begins!
After showing the best films for nonprofits and causes on the silver screen, our judges have selected the winners for this year’s festival.
Every year we give the proceeds of the film to the causes behind the films being made. This year, thanks to several filmmakers, we have the privilege to give to a charity that help families in sick times, a charity that literacy in our prison system, and one that allows the American of the Appalachian region to have clean water even with coal mines right next door.
Here are our winning films, charities and communities.
Meet the Digits
Winner: Best PSA 2011
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Meet the Digits, an ordinary family enjoying an ordinary summer until Lucy surprised everybody by falling from her favorite tree, which landed her in an Austin hospital. The Digits didn’t live close enough to drive there every day, but they needed to be with Lucy while she healed. Watch the PSA online and see more about Meet the Digits.
A Read on Inside Books
Winner: Best Short 2011
Benefiting: Inside Books Project
A short film about Inside Books Project, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that provides free books to people in Texas prisons. The film features volunteers of the organization who explain how the organization works and why its purpose is so important.
Watch the Short online and see more about A Read on Inside Books.
On Coal River
Winner: Best Feature 2011
Benefiting: Coal River Mountain Watch
Coal River Valley, West Virginia is a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. ON COAL RIVER follows a former miner and his neighbors in a David-and-Goliath struggle for the future of their valley, their children, and life as they know it.
Watch the trailer and see more about On Coal River.