The Awareness Film Festival - awarenessfestival.org - is a dynamic festival promoting the awareness of world issues.
Santa Monica, CA. The Awareness Film Festival is the festival that brings together filmmakers, artists, educators, environmentalists, alternative health practitioners and other industry professionals. It aims to inspire the public through this engaging, entertaining and unique annual event in the film capital of the world.
Themes represented in this year’s films include: green and eco-friendly living, homelessness, gang/felon reform, veteran’s issues, cancer survival, GMO’s, marijuana policy reform, couch-surfing community, pilgrimages, mental health stories, vision loss, women’s issues; stories of hope, the arts, spirituality, and current events and much more. Film presentations will be accompanied by filmmaker Q&A’s with talent in attendance. World premieres include 420: The Documentary, Authority and Expectations, C -- A Celebration of Life, Medium, Conscious Love, Charity, as well as 30 other features and 45 shorts from 17 countries (see full list below). Many films are award-winning, and many others are new to the festival circuit.
Festival prices range from free panels and select free screenings, to $11 for individual presale tickets, $14 at the door, to $175 for VIP festival passes.
Proceeds from the Awareness Film Festival benefit the non-profit organization 501(c)3 Heal One World. This Los Angeles-based charity offers yoga, tai chi and alternative treatments to members of low-income and underserved demographic groups. Heal One World seeks to educate people and provide them access to preventative health care, integrative health modalities, natural non-invasive treatments, and self-help techniques for the body, mind and soul. In 2012, it was rated a Top Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.
Heal One World organized the highly successful Zen Den at Sundance Film Festival 2013, where celebrities and filmmakers were treated to holistic treatments and yoga/tai chi classes offered amidst the chaos on Main Street in Park City. Zen Den will be represented again in Santa Monica.
New this year, the Awareness Film Festival is being co-produced by Intrinsic Values Films and receiving programming support from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, who is offering a first look distribution opportunity for the grand jury-winning films from this year's selections. In addition, the festival festival will be will be nothing will be sent to landfills, making it a Zero Waste event stemming from its collaboration with Zero Waste Co zerowasteco.com. By rethinking, recycling, composting, and donating waste materials, all waste will be diverted from landfills.
Each of the festival venues is located in Santa Monica, the 'jewel by the sea.’ The entire festival schedule* is as follows.
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue
Opening night Thursday, July 25
Femme 7:30 pm
Closing night Sunday, July 28
See Me 5:00 pm World Premiere
G-Dog 5:30 pm
Magicopolis 1418 4th Street (Zen Den and Sponsor headquarters)
Friday, July 26
This Dewdrop World 6:15 pm
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey 7:00 pm
Home 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 27
Sacred Journey of the Heart 11:15 am
Genetic Roulette 1:00 pm
California Winter 3:00 pm
The Hidden Hand: Alien Contact and the Government Coverup 4:00 pm (second screen)
420: The Documentary 5:00 pm World Premiere
Sunday, July 28
Sirius 1:00 pm
Beauty and the Breast 3:30 pm
The Paw Project 5:30 pm
Awakening World 7:00 pm
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das 7:30 pm
Closing Night Awards 9:00 pm
Promenade Playhouse 1404 3rd Street Promenade
Friday, July 26
Authority and Expectations 7:00 pm World Premiere FREE to Veterans
Red Reign 8:45 pm
Shorts Block 1 7:00 pm
Shorts Block 2 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 27
Panel 'Developing New Audiences for Film' 1:00 pm
Hungry for Change 2:30 pm FREE
The People and the Olive 4:00 pm
Graceland Girls 5:30 pm
C -- A Celebration of Life 6 pm World Premiere
One Couch at a Time 8:00 pm
Ride a Wave: Live and Love It Up 1:00 pm
Diminished Chords 2:30 pm
Young Voices Block 3:30 pm FREE
Read Me Differently 4:30 pm FREE
Youth Shorts Block 5:30 pm FREE
My Best Friend 6:45 pm FREE
Conscious Love 8:00 pm World Premiere
Sunday, July 28
Student Shorts Block 1:00 pm
Panel 'Marketing Socially Conscious Films' 3:30 pm
Charity 4:30 pm World Premiere
My Way to Olympia 6:00 pm
Overdraft 1:00 pm
J&J 2:00 pm
Medium 3:00 pm
Shorts Block 3 4:30 pm
Shorts Block 4 6:00 pm
Conspiracy Rising 7:00 pm
Santa Monica Laemmle 1332 2nd Street
Saturday, July 26
Driving Blind 11:00 am
Sunday, July 27
Talking Story 11:00 am
West 4th and Jane 1432 4th Street
Friday, July 25
Filmmakers’ Party 9 pm – 12 am
*Screen locations of individual films subject to change due to demand.
Sponsors of Awareness Film Festival include Gaiam, Zevia, Venice Family Clinic, LA YOGA Magazine, Organic India Tea, Aware Guide, US Vets, Weleda, Heal the Bay, Stella Artois… more sponsors to be announced by festival time.
VIP ALL ACCESS PASS $175
Opening Night Reception and Film, All Screenings at all Venues, After Parties, Sponsor and Filmmaker Mixer, VIP for Closing Night Film.
ALL ACCESS PASS $59
All Film Screenings and Panels except opening night and closing night at the Aero Theater.
DAILY PASS Price $25
All Screenings at any theater for that day (Fri/Sat/Sun)- excludes the Aero Theater and Laemmle Theater.
STUDENT PASS $39
Same as All Access Pass.
Select Free Screenings, $8 Students and Seniors, $11 presale, or $14 at the door
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