Here at the America Film Foundation (AFF), this time of year is always a period of reflection. Our efforts are to amplify and advocate for independent storytelling and for the artist to learn sustainability and entrepreneurship. We look to artists to inspire and inform, spark conversation and foster dialogue, reflect the world around us, bring new perspectives to light, and invest in artists who tell valuable stories. Helping filmmakers and cultivating artists with funds, mentorship, and professional opportunities will help seed projects that elevate, explore, and contribute to positive public discourse.
Thank you for building with us and for being part of this community.We urge philanthropists and governments to join us in this effort to promote the best of America's culture and history through media arts.
Here are the programs that can foster those voices:
Careers in the Arts
The Media and Tech Institute Program aims to establish an educational opportunity for artists to teach them how to have a sustainable career as a commercial artist.
Care and Living
The Care and Living Program focuses on the elderly who have made it their quest to follow their dreams in the Visual and Music Industry, and some find themselves in need of help, having an insufficient amount of funds in their later years.
The Media Production Program is about producing great family entertainment that educates and keeps us positive. Together, we can build a more just and equitable world through the power of positive storytelling.
The Music Therapy Program is two fold, one for the singers and musicians and the other for those who can benefit from Music Therapy, proven to be vital for their spirit, for their mental health.
Stories that resonate with our mission:
Having the opportunity to tell stories that raise awareness, promote positive change, and inspire audiences, here is a list of diverse and influential story ideas that could resonate with audiences:
- The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Share the incredible journey of an individual or a group overcoming adversity, such as a refugee who builds a new life or a person with disabilities achieving their dreams against all odds.
- Environmental Conservation: Shed light on the efforts to protect and preserve our planet’s ecosystems, featuring stories of activists, scientists, or local communities working to combat climate change, deforestation, or pollution.
- Education for All: Highlight the transformative power of education by documenting the struggles and triumphs of individuals in underserved communities who are working to gain access to quality education or empowering educators making a difference.
- Social Justice Movements: Capture the stories of activists and organizations fighting for equality and justice, covering topics like racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, or indigenous rights, and showcasing the impact they have on their communities.
- Health and Wellness: Focus on the stories of individuals or communities facing health challenges, emphasizing their resilience, the importance of mental health, or the efforts to improve healthcare access, especially in marginalized areas.
- Sustainable Development: Explore innovative solutions and initiatives that address poverty, access to clean water, renewable energy, or other sustainable development goals, showcasing how individuals or organizations are making a positive impact.
- Youth Empowerment: Highlight the stories of young people who are making a difference in their communities, whether through entrepreneurship, activism, arts, or social initiatives, emphasizing the power and potential of the next generation.
- Humanitarian Efforts: Document the work of nonprofits and volunteers providing aid and support in areas affected by natural disasters, conflicts, or humanitarian crises, showcasing the resilience of affected communities and the power of compassion.
- Art and Culture Preservation: Showcase the efforts to preserve and celebrate diverse cultural traditions, indigenous knowledge, or endangered art forms, exploring the role of art and culture in shaping identities and communities.
- Inspiring Individuals: Feature extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives to a cause or achieved remarkable feats, such as a scientist working on groundbreaking research, a social entrepreneur driving change, or an unsung hero in a local community.
Once we’ve secured funding and accepted a qualifying story, we’ll produce the film. This Program allows us to capture the authentic spirit, showcasing the good we have in America.
Upon completion of production, we’ll distribute these values globally, promoting positive stories that educate and inspire people worldwide. By sharing the best of America’s culture and history, we can promote understanding, unity, and positivity in a world that often seems divided and hostile.