Event Co-host and Judge:
Mike Paseornek
President of Production
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

Event Co-host:
Steven M. Safyer, MD
President and CEO
Montefiore Medicine

Shine a Light on Loneliness, an Emerging Public Health Issue

Our goal with the first annual Creatively Connected Film Festival (CCFF) is to give you a chance to add your videographic voice to the timely conversation about the burden of loneliness and isolation. Studies show that over 30% of individuals are affected and that loneliness contributes to a mortality rate equal to that of smoking. Simply put, it has become one of today’s major public health issues—and it’s getting worse.

Fortunately, a body of compelling evidence indicates that for many, engagement with creative arts expression can fight back against loneliness, connecting those affected to themselves and others. It promotes a shared sense of belonging and meaning.
Avenues for creative expression expand beyond the well-recognized art forms of music, dance, painting, photography, and writing to also include culinary arts, sewing, knitting and even gardening. All provide opportunities for delight and discovery in making and sharing.

The CCFF subject matter will clarify, amplify and celebrate this power of the arts to fight against loneliness, while also giving you the opportunity to have your work seen and heard before a wide audience.

While creativity and connection can be found everywhere, the CCFF is focused on stories found in these especially affected groups:

•Older adults reflective of the long road traveled and what’s to come

•Individuals with major illness, along with their caregivers

•Veterans and their loved ones struggling to achieve successful “homecoming”

•Adolescents and young adults exploring identity in a sometimes alienating digital world

•Race and Sexual Orientation Minorities working to establish and legitimize identity

•Immigrants and refugees finding their way in a new place.

Awards & Prizes

A portfolio of awards will be bestowed, recognizing the important artistic work submitted and its potential to promote health and well-being for individuals and society.

There will also be distribution opportunities to facilitate expanded and focused viewing of the work.

Rules & Terms

Creatively Connected Film Festival Rules & Terms

The Creatively Connected Film Festival will only accept entries through Filmfreeway.
Please ensure you read our Rules and Terms prior to submitting.

1) Entries should not exceed the time limits in each category including all titles and credits.

2) Entries should be in English.

3) CCFF reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate. Should you wish to question CCFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on filmfestival@artandhealing.com.

4) All submissions are screened and evaluated by the CCFF Selection Committee. Their reports are final and confidential. All films received, which meet our criteria, will be screened at the online festival. Due to the amount of films we expect to receive only the top scoring films will be presented at the Launch event. The winners of the competition will be announced and screened in whole or in part at our CCFF Launch event in May 2017 in New York City. Submitters will be advised via email and the winners will also be announced on our website and on our Facebook page in May 2017.

5) In the event of a film being withdrawn,CCFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

6) Participation in CCFF grants us the authorization to show the entered film on our CCFF channels and platforms, the FAH website and related social media accounts, as well as in any other non-commercial way that allows us to educate and inform our community on the benefit of creative arts expression to improve health and well-being.

7) A fee is required upon submission. For payment structures, see elsewhere on FilmFreeway site. Please ensure your film is ready to send to us at the time of entry.

8) Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of CCFF. The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.

9) If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. In submitting your film, you agree to indemnify The 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, and screening.

Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, CCFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

10) The submission of a film to CCFF will be considered to be an acknowledgment of the festival rules.

11) Entrants should UPLOAD their film to FilmFreeway on the day that the entry form is completed. Please include your press kit including still photos. Please write a 10-15 word (ONLY) synopsis for use in our festival program – should your film be selected. WE WOULD LIKE TO ENSURE THAT THE JUDGES VIEW YOUR FILM IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE SO WILL ONLY ACCEPT FINAL CUTS. PLEASE SURE THAT YOUR FILM IS READY AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

12) CCFF will contact you (filmfestival@artandhealing.org) if there are any problems with your film. Once downloaded by us, your film will be loaded onto our festival server.

13) Please do not send DVD’s or copies of your film direct to us unless requested to do so. At time of submission, we will only accept your entry if your film is upload to FilmFreeway.

14) CCFF will attempt to resolve any technical matter related to submission. For more information and queries contact filmfestival@artandhealing.org.

15) Once we have received your Film, Photo(s), Fee and Form you will receive an email confirming your entry is ‘In Consideration’. Please note that unless we receive ALL these items your entry is NOT confirmed.

16) Filmmakers must be 18 years or older.

1 Review

Overall Rating
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    Lance Kramer

    We were honored to be featured in the festival. Very exciting to have a festival that is focused on films dealing with isolation. The communication from the staff was excellent, they were highly personable and supportive of our work. The kickoff event was lovely and I had a chance to meet many thoughtful people. Highly recommend.

    May 2017