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The Freethought Film Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational organization. Our mission is to promote reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film.

The International Freethought Film Festival is in its third season. IFFF 2013 will take place in Orlando, Florida from November 15th-17th. The categories of films that we screen range from live action, animation, documentary, experimental and narrative features and shorts. The films are captivating, thought provoking, entertaining and the selections reflect our mission statement.

The International Freethought Film Festival is a niche film festival for the bold. Promoting reason through film is our mission. Examples of themes in the Freethought niche are those that challenge what some societies and cultures deem unchallengeable, such as religion or government policies. The examination of truth claims that are of interest to skeptics, such as paranormal claims, alternative medicine, UFO’s, psychics and astrology, fits this niche. Films that shed light on Human Rights violations, and stories of women and men who take a humanistic approach to affect positive change in society, have a home at IFFF. The clash between scientifiic findings and religious/superstitious traditions is a common theme among submissions as well.

Official film selections get exposure outlside of just the film festival , Freethinkers around the globe are seeking more films that reflect their idealism in entertaining ways, in addition to documentaries. The Freethought Film Festival Foundaton works with national and international secular organizations to share these films and recommend them to members of their organization. Exposure at the International Freethought Film Festival will launch your film toward an eager audience within the secular movement.

Many film festivals select films that generally steer clear of major controversy. Submitting to those festivals may be a waste of a submission fee for you. If your film reflects any of these ideals, submit it. We affirm that having the freedom of expression completely negates the concept of having the courage of your convictions. We strongly believe that rationalistic and artistic are not mutually exclusive. Visit our Website (freethoughtfilmfest.org) to watch shorts and teasers of official selections of IFFF seasons passed.

The Freethought Film Festival Foundation, host of the International Freethought Film Festival, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. All proceeds from submissions and events go toward the continuity of the Internationational Freethought Film Festival and promoting reason through film via special film events.

 
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FOR FFFF, FREETHOUGHT IS THE CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF TRUTH-CLAIMS BASED ON REASON AND LOGIC...
...NOT SUPERSTITION, NOT TRADITION, NOT RELIGIOUS DOGMA, AND NOT BECAUSE SOMEONE "IMPORTANT" SAID SO.

 


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FreethoughtFF: First of Its Kind Film Festival is Going There

A First of Its Kind Film Festival is Going There

The Freethought Film Festival Foundation is hosting the First Annual International Freethought Film Festival in May of 2011, at the historic Tampa Theatre located at 711 Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Florida, USA. Opening night is Friday the 13th. The weekend-long event will run through May15th, and the program will consist of Independent films selected from film submissions that have been entered for consideration. Ten different screenings of films, which best reflect the mission of promoting reason, critical thinking, and freedom of inquiry, will be scheduled. The film selections are to be announced after the final judging in January, 2011.

The International Freethought Film Festival is a home for Independent films from around the globe that critically examine truth-claims. Reason, logic, critical thinking and science are embraced as the best ways to explain the natural world; while superstition, dogma, tradition and argument by authority are rejected as justifications for practices, policies and behaviors that are often of detriment to humans and the earth. Freedom of inquiry and expression are boldly exercised. The event tagline, “Going there!!!”, is symbolic of this.

On Friday the 13th, after the opening ceremony and first screening of the International Freethought Film Festival , the “Superstitions Unplugged” Opening Night After Party will take place. The party is sponsored by Cigar City Brewing, as well as The Bricks of Ybor City and the Skate Park of Tampa. The venue for the celebration is The Bricks of Ybor City, located at 1327 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City. During the party, guests will be able to engage in activities that defy well-known superstitions such as breaking mirrors, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, spilling salt and piercing voo-doo dolls. According to the director, Andrea Steele, a superstition has already been defied, since the lease agreement for the Tampa Theatre was signed in the month of November.

Steele adds, “The International Freethought Film Festival is a celebration of freedom of expression, and to educate the public on the importance of using reason and science, instead of superstitions and pseudoscience to explain our natural world. There is nothing in the universe that should be exempt from inquiry and critical examination. Most importantly is that when such inquiry and critical examination produce evidence that is contrary to popular belief or present knowledge; there should never be negative ramifications perpetuated by others when it is voiced.”

According to the Freethought Film Festival Foundation, there are eight more film screening sponsor slots available to date. Currently, the American Humanist Association and the Center for Inquiry—Transnational are each committed film sponsors. The International Freethought Film Festival is also offering advertising space in their printed program. The event is being promoted Internationally.

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Freethought Film Festival Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization, exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Federal tax code. Established in August, 2009, the major focus of the organization is to host an annual, International Freethought Film Festival. Its mission is to promote reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film.

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For more information contact:

Andrea Steele
Executive Director
Freethought Film Festival Foundation
888-821-1990

andrea.steele@freethoughtfilmfest.org

www.freethoughtfilmfest.org

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