AnthemLibertarian Film Festival is dedicated to finding and presenting the year's best films about personal and civil liberty. We seek narrative films and documentaries about self-reliance, innovation, commerce, individual rights, and the power of persuasion over force.
Why should you choose Anthem? Most film festivals struggle to attract an audience to watch their movies. But that's not a problem at Anthem, where filmmakers often screen to standing-room-only audiences. That's because Anthem is part of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.” With over 2,500 attendees, 250 speakers, and a cadre of journalists on Media Row, FreedomFest provides a ready audience of eager viewers for Anthem’s filmmakers.
Filmmakers have a blast at Anthem. They go to yoga classes in the mornings, listen to fascinating speakers during the day, watch and comment on each other's movies, network with filmmakers and potential producers, and celebrate at our Gala Awards Banquet. And FreedomFest attendees love the film festival. Viewers pack the theater.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that so many of our films have gone on to find distribution when carrying the Anthem laurel. Our 2016 grand prize winner, "Can We Take a Joke?" topped several critics' lists for documentaries that summer. Another of our 2016 films, "Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" reached 92% on RottenTomatoes during its theater run. And "Seized," which premiered at Anthem and won our award for Best Short Documentary, went on to win an Emmy. Our 2014 winner, "Poverty, Inc.," screened at several prestigious festivals, -- and we screened it first at Anthem. Courtney Balaker's short narrative "The Conversation" was awarded the Anthem Prize for Libertarian Ideals, and her new full-length narrative "Little Pink House," with A-list actors and an outstanding libertarian theme, shared our grand prize with Ramsey Denison's expose of police brutality, "What Happened in Vegas," in 2017. If you are a filmmaker creating movies about individual liberty, you need to be at Anthem.
FreedomFest invites the best and brightest minds to speak about geo-politics, health & wellness, finance, history & philosophy, science & technology, art & literature, investments and more, attracting an audience of intelligent influencers and free thinkers. In William Shatner and producer Fraser Heston headlined the conference. Regular speakers include publisher Steve Forbes, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Skeptic Magazine publisher Michael Shermer, and Hollywood's biographer, Marc Eliot. We've also hosted science fiction authors David Brin and Orson Scott Card.
Why the name "Anthem"?
We think Anthem is the perfect name for our film festival. An anthem is a choral composition that stirs its hearers to action. We consider our Anthem to be a similar voice of warning, one that stirs viewers to action against both tyranny and mediocrity.
"Anthem" is also the title of Ayn Rand's second novel, and for pure storytelling, we think it's her best book. Set in a dystopian future when the concept of individuality has been completely stamped out, it tells the story of a man who discovers this suppressed truth: all humans are and ought to be free to think and act for themselves. Written in 1937, "Anthem" was a precursor to such great warning voices as George Orwell's "1984" (1948), Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" (1953), and Lois Lowry's "The Giver" (1992).
Serendipitously, "Anthem" is also the name of a little town near Las Vegas, Nevada, where FreedomFest and Anthem Libertarian Film Festival are held in the middle of July each year. We hope to see you at Paris Resort, Las Vegas, July 11-14, 2018.
Libertarian films tell stories about choice, opportunity, and overcoming obstacles. They often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they're just as likely to present a person's personal struggle for self-expression. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better. If that describes your film, we urge you to submit it to Anthem!
Awards & Prizes
Filmmakers receive two tickets to FreedomFest and our gala Saturday night banquet and dance-- a package worth $1,200. Trophies are awarded for Best Overall, Excellence in Filmmaking, and Best Libertarian Ideals in four categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, and Short Documentary. We also award a Grand Prize worth $2,500 and a prize for Best Original Score worth $500.
Rules & Terms
Films must present a libertarian theme. Libertarian films tend to tell stories about choice, opportunity, and overcoming obstacles. They demonstrate the power of persuasion over the force of authority. Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention and the very real hardships that government regulations cause. But they are just as likely to present a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression and self-reliance. They show us how to make the world a better place simply by making our own lives better.
Include a synopsis of the film and a list of cast and credits with your submission. You may submit a secure vimeo link or 3 DVDs to: Anthem Film Festival, P.O. Box 229, Irvington NY 10533. Do not affix paper labels to your DVD, as they tend to get stuck in the machines. Include a SASE if you want your DVD returned. For ease and convenience, we recommend vimeo submissions.
Films will be screened at the festival in DVD or Blu-Ray format.
Terms and Conditions:
Anthem Libertarian Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Anthem Libertarian Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.