Note: This is a summary of a story from the latest episode of The NonProfit Times TV.
David Neff always knew that nonprofits could make great films; that's why he co-founded Lights, Camera, Help, a film festival that takes place in Austin, TX. Neff recently sat down with NPTtv to talk about the festival, as well as other topics.
Neff spent nine years as Director of Web Film and Interactive Strategies at the American Cancer Society (ACS), and he said that his experiences there inspired him to start Lights, Camera, Help. The PSAs and other film projects he worked on at ACS really impressed him, and he wanted to create a forum where films like these could be seen by the general public.
The festival is currently in its third year, and last year they got over 300 entries. This year, Neff expects even more, as submissions last until May 30th. Yet Lights, Camera, Help is more than just a film festival, and Neff is quick to stress that point. Film classes are taught through organizations like AmeriCorps, and Neff hopes they can continue to expand these types of activities in the near future. Part of this effort can already be seen through Project: Action!, which brings filmmakers and nonprofits together.
To learn more about Lights, Camera, Help, visit their website, and be sure to check out the full interview with David Neff.