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    March 16, 2017

    UPTOGOOD Impact Film Festival is Empowering Students and Young Filmmakers to Be the Change they wish to see in the World through Impact Storytelling


    LOS ANGELESUPTOGOOD, in partnership with New Roads School, is launching its first-annual UPTOGOOD Impact FIlm Festival in an effort to gather a community of students, filmmakers, activists, non-profits and practitioners at the intersection of video storytelling and social impact.


    Open to high school, college and film school students across the United States, this unique festival will curate and present the 8 best short films about social issues and the actionable steps we can take towards solving them.


    Submission Deadline        April 5, 2017

    Film Festival Event        Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Location            New Roads School at  3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA

    Co-Hosts            New Roads School + UPTOGOOD


    At UPTOGOOD, we believe that combining the power of storytelling with tangible calls to action leads to positive and long-lasting impact that goes beyond awareness. As we empower changemakers to highlight social issues and solutions in our communities and use the film festival to amplify that impact, we hope to inspire others to become enlightened allies to myriad of deserving causes. As we empower young people to lead this charge, we can be more certain that positive change will be seen in our lifetime and beyond.


    Combining a traditional film festival with a powerful platform built for video-driven social impact campaigns, the inaugural UPTOGOOD Impact Film Festival inspires students to produce and share videos on UPTOGOOD’s multi-function online venue to catalyze positive social change.


    Festival passes are on sale now here until April 22nd.  

    Festival participants are also invited to attend specially-curated panel discussions before the film screenings. The day includes workshops on bringing social change to the classroom, film case studies on successful impact stories and best practices on campaigning for social change. Attendees will receive an array of thoughtful gifts from Festival Partners, including a tree-kit from ForestNation to mark Earth Day.


    Winners of the film festival will receive crucial promotional and distribution support for their film from festival partners in order to gain further audience traction, as well as special consultation to amplify their impact and enhance visibility for their cause. Festival partner, GoPro, will also provide winners with a GoPro Hero5 Session camera.


    We are thankful for our influential board of social-impact practitioners who will be judging and speaking at this event, including key partners like Participant Media, the team that brought us films such as Spotlight, Citizen Four, The Cove and An Inconvenient Truth.


    Confirmed Judges include:

    • Participant Media
    • Global Citizen
    • Alice Quinian, Engagement and Education Coordinator, POV/American Documentary
    • Caty Borum Chattoo, Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, Executive in Residence, School of Communication, American University
    • Elliot Kotek, CEO/Founder, The Nation of Artists
    • Kait Halibozek, Manager, Impact Distribution, Picture Motion
    • Maureen McComsey, Executive Director/Founding Board Member, Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles
    • Pat Chandler, CEO, Creative Visions
    • Rafael Angulo, Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


    Confirmed Speakers include:

    • Angie Jean-Marie, Social Innovation & Marketing Manager, Goldhirsh Foundation
    • Frederic Da, Film Production and Film Theory Instructor, New Roads School
    • Peter Bisanz, Executive Director, Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA
    • Rafael Angulo, Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
    • Kim Rocco Shields, Director / Founder, Genius Pictures
    • Sandra De Castro Buffington, Founding Director, UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact
    • Christina Lindstrom, Managing Director, Lindstrom Impact Strategies
    • Kait Halibozek, Manager, Impact Distribution, Picture Motion
    • Lindsay Guetschow, Film Campaign Director, Malala Fund
    • Kirsten Ludwig, Board Member, Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles / President, IN GOOD CO
    • Linda S. Blanshay, Ph.D, Director, Program Development, Museum of Tolerance


    Generous Prizes confirmed include prizes offered by:

    • Ashoka’s Youth Venture
    • Causementary
    • Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles
    • Creative Visions
    • Global Citizen
    • GoPro
    • Participant Media
    • Picture Motion
    • POV
    • The Nation of Artists


    We are also thankful for the support, generosity, and inspiration brought by our many partners. They all play a valuable role in supporting and amplifying the festival winners with their incredible services and communities.


    Confirmed Festival Partners include:

    Actuality Media, Art with Impact, Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Beyond Cinema, Bring Change 2 Mind, Causeartist, Causementary, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University, CM Wedding & Events, Connect4Climate, Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles,, Creative Visions, Environmental Charter Schools, Forest Nation, General Assembly, Genius Pictures Goldhirsh Foundation, Global Citizen, GoPro, Green Ambassadors, Groupeezz, Hara Motion Picture Conservatory, Harmony Institute, International Documentary Association, iLiving, Keep a Breast, Kiss the Ground, Lindstrom Impact Strategies, Media Institute for Social Change, Museum of Tolerance, Nadya’s Identity Files, Net Impact, Net Impact (USC Marshall School of Business Chapter), Participant Media, PCDNetwork, Picture Motion, POV, Rock Your World, Sequoyah School, SIMA, The Giving Back Fund, UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact, The Nation of Artists, The White Feather Foundation


    For media inquiries, festival partnership opportunities or more information contact our team at



    UPTOGOOD Impact Film Festival Website:

    UPTOGOOD platform:

    UPTOGOOD Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @UPTOGOODorg

    New Roads School Website:

    New Roads School Facebook: @NewRoads

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