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New management wanted to save Artivist?

Some people seem to be blind to the true face of this festival.
Is this good or bad?

We know for a fact tthat Artivist Festival does not maintain impecable business ethics and standards: they do not pay their bills. We are proof of that (The festival director Diaky Diaz bought an ad campaign from us and did not pay the whole bill)
We have been approached by many staffers who reported they were owed money from this organization and never got it...

We at fest21.com notice that event (we do not like to call it a festival though) keeps running, involving noble cause and  celebrities who I am sure cannot be aware of these facts and bad practices.

First: some posittive sign: noble cause attract some level of attention, though SMALL in this case  (4 000 is by any standard a VERY small figure for a festival, including in LA.)

Second: a negative sign now, an average of 100 seats per film (excluding gala well attended events leaves an average of 20 to 30 viewers per film) this does not give the films the chance to shine and spread they deserve.
Besides champagne and flash light what is left for the film and the word of mouth they could generate to serve the cause....little I am afraid.

Noble cause under such leaders could be a threat to the system and the causes they like to serve: Time for change in management?

Below is their press release.

The 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival has concluded its run at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Taking place from December 1 - 4, and attended by over 4,000 people, the festival screened 45 independent and documentary films from around the globe including the premieres of now buzzed about titles such as the opening night film ReGeneration, plus Complexo - Universo Parallelo, Play Again, Deep Green, How I Became an Elephant, Hempsters, and the short films "Mine" and "Arena."

The festival concluded with The 2010 Artivist Awards on Saturday, December 4. In addition to the winning films listed below, actor Peter Fonda accepted the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle received the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards received the award for Community Advocate.

The Artivist Awards were co-hosted by Vanessa A. Williams ("Soul Food," "The Cosby Show," "Melrose Place") and Boris Kodjoe ("Soul Food, "Undercovers"). The event featured celebrity presenters including Frances Fisher, Nicole Ari Parker, Esai Morales, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Annabelle Gurwitch, Leigh Taylor Young, plus Johnnie, and Duncan Penn stars and creators of MTV's "The Burried Life" and more.

Numerous NGO's participated in the event including the California Association of Student Councils, the Courage Campaign, Rock The Vote, the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the Democracy Council, the SWF International, the UCLA Center for African Studies, In Defense of Animals, PETA, Voice For the Animals, the Hemp Industry Association, Audubon L.A., The Children's Nature Institute, Children and Nature Network, Earthways Foundation, the Sierra Club, The Wildwoods Foundation, ASK - Africa Schools of Kenya, the Department of History UCSB, and the Coalition for a Sustainable Africa.

Additionally the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival was given an official commendation by the Los Angeles City Council by the office of Council member Tom LaBonge.

The Artivist Film Festival takes the show on the road this week with a run at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City from December 9 - 12. The schedule for the NYC festival is at http://www.artivist.com/festival/program/NYC_Program.pdf and tickets can be reserved at http://artivistfilmfestival-nyc.eventbrite.com/.

ARTIVIST is the first film festival dedicated to raising awareness for international Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and the Humane Treatment of Animals.

Since its inception in 2003, the Artivist Film Festival has screened more than 400 films representing 65 countries around the world. Artivist has reached millions of people through its campaigns, festivals in the USA, UK, Japan, Mexico, and Portugal, and their website at http://www.artivist.com/. Additionally, in recognition of the socially conscious platform it provides, Artivist has been endorsed by the UNITED NATIONS Department of Public Information.

This year, the Artivist Film Festival awarded the following films and filmmakers:

Best Feature    International Human Rights - Complexo - Universo Paralelo - Mário Patrocinio        
Best Short    International Human Rights - Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain - Survival Int.    

Best Feature    Children's Advocacy - Kids of the Majestic - Dylan Verrechia        
Best Short    Children's Advocacy - Sarah - Brandon Hess        

Best Feature    Environmental Preservation - Deep Green - Matt Briggs            
Best Short    Environmental Preservation - The Krill is Gone - Jeffrey Bost            

Best Feature    Animal Advocacy - Africa's Lost Eden - James Byrne        
Best Short - Animal Advocacy - Albatrocity - J. Ollie Lucks, Iain Frengley, Edward Saltau

Best Feature    Artivist Spirit - ReGeneration - Philip Montgomery        
Best Short - Artivist Spirit - Arena [Sand] - Jota Aronack

Artivist Founder-President, Diaky Diaz, states: "Raising awareness for the interdependence between Humanity, Animals, and the Environment is the true mission of Artivist. Filmmakers and NGOs from around the world gather at the Artivist Film Festival to support Films that not only inform but inspire positive actions in our global community." She adds, "we are truly energized by this year's festival attendance and we look forward to this week's film festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City."

This year, Artivist proudly welcomes back Petrobras as its Official Community Partner. Since 2007, Petrobras has supported the efforts and growth of the international Artivist Organization. Understanding the interdependence between humanity, animals, and the environment is crucial in our global community. By working with individuals and groups, organizations and corporations, we can create long-term solutions to our global problems.

Petrobras, a Brazilian energy company, has a 30 year history of producing and using ethanol from sugar cane as fuel for vehicles, and is now committed to increasing the production and exports of ethanol. At their new research center, scientists are looking for ways to produce ethanol from farming byproducts, which can increase production without the need for more farming land. Petrobras is the largest funder of Cultural Arts Programs in Brazil, and a partner of hundreds of social projects specially focused on reducing poverty and creating opportunities for children and teenagers living in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Brazil.

As the only company in the oil & gas sector that is part of the Global Compact Board of the United Nations, Petrobras commits its corporate governance to the 10 principles set forth by the UN. In 2010, selected projects received 45 million dollars to help protect endangered species like sea turtles, spinners dolphins and the manatee, as well as initiatives on carbon capture, water protection, biodiversity, and climate change.

Artivist is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds benefit the Artivist Film Festival Tours and year-round programs dedicated towards creating platforms for socially conscious "Artivists" to share their inspirational and informative films with the world.

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