2012 FILManthropy Festival Showcases Films that Inspire May 17-19


Open your eyes and your heart at the FILManthropy Society’s 3rd annual FILManthropy Film Festival, Thursday, May 17th – Saturday, May 19th, 2012. This unique event is a canvas for instigating and inspiring change by showcasing films that inspire, educate, raise awareness and motivate, so that audiences may open their minds and their hearts to creating a better world.

The FILManthropy Festival encourages patrons to not only watch these inspiring films, but to do something – to work for change. Each filmmaker attaches a charity to his/her film and 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds are distributed between the winning filmmakers’ charities.

The selected films are divided into two categories, Short Films and Feature Films, and are screened Thursday, May 17th through Saturday, May 19th at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The Festival ends with the Torch Awards Gala hosted by Brian McFayden (former host of Beauty and the Geek) on the evening of Saturday, May 19th which includes an evening award celebration featuring dinner, musical guests The Californian, Bandito Royale and The Mid Cities, and a silent auction. The gala will also include last year’s FILManthropist of the Year, actress and human rights advocate Anne Archer (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), passing on the prestigious award to this year’s FILManthropist, Hill Harper (CSI: NY). This year’s special industry film jurors include Anne Archer and Matthew Lillard.

 The FILManthropy Society is an innovative philanthropic group that draws on the collective ideas and strengths of its individual members to affect positive change in our world and raise awareness for issues that range from widely known to overlooked. Their mission is to positively sculpt this world, not just live in it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
3:00pm-7:00pm: Film Screenings
7:30pm: Special Presentation

Friday, May 18, 2012
3:00pm-7:00pm: Film Screenings
7:30pm-10:00pm: Special Screening and Q&A

Saturday, May 19, 2012
1:30pm-5:30pm: Film Screenings
6:30pm: Red Carpet
7:00pm: Gala Awards Ceremony