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ILLUMINATE Film Festival’s Industry Programs Break New Ground

The acclaimed ILLUMINATE Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona is back May 30-June 4 and this year’s Conscious Film Convergence (CFC) headliners includes some of the most influential leaders working to advance conscious film content today.  The industry component of the Festival, the CFC is geared to filmmakers and offers attendees an invaluable opportunity to learn from and interact with speakers both at sessions and nightly parties. True to the mission of the festival, the goal off the CFC is to elevate global consciousness through cinema by supporting emerging voices in the field of conscious entertainment.

ILLUMINATE hosts the extraordinary Take Twenty Mentoring Sessions as part of the CFC. The brainchild Festival Founder Danette Wolpert who envisioned what twenty minutes of uninterrupted, full focus, one-on-one time with an industry leader would do for a filmmaker.  Participants can discuss projects, ask questions, pick their brains on finance, marketing, distribution. Take Twenty is only available to Filmmaker, All-Access or Convergence pass holders on a first-come, first-served basis

The series opens on Friday, June 1, with Funding Your Dreams. Moderator JoAnne Fishburn the Founder and CEO Good Influence Films will guide a lively discussion featuring Claire Aguilar the Director of Programming and Policy for the International Documentary Association, filmmaker Lisa Leeman whose films include Awake: The Life of Yogananda, One Lucky Elephant and Crazy Wisdom and Producer and Founder of Mangusta Productions / mangu.tv and  venture capitalist  Giancarlo Canavesio.

This  scintillating group  of experts will share what it takes to get a project out of dreams and onto the screen. Expect insights from their own successes and challenges as they share helpful hints for writing pitch documents, winning grants, landing investors, tapping film funds and leveraging broadcasters.

On Saturday, June 2, the CFC series continues with Pitching With Presence featuring John Raatz the Co-founder of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment and Valerie Vandermeer the Founder of Post Paradigm Consulting & Scaling Change.  From sabotaging body language to conceiving, crafting and developing a pitch this workshop will show participants how to master one of the most challenging aspects of the film industry.

The series closes with Distribution Magic from 2017’s Finest also on Saturday, June 2Distribution experts will unpack creative approaches as they case study how some of the newest models were used in last year’s conscious film releases HEAL, Walk With Me, and Samsara. They’ll reveal the secrets of success for theatrical, non-theatrical, theatrical-on-demand, DVD, digital/VOD, and re-releases. This exciting panel features the CEO of Conscious Good Trina Wyatt and Producer of HEAL Adam Schomer and CEO of GATHR Films Scott Glosserman.

ILLUMINATE also hosts the extraordinary Take Twenty Mentoring Sessions as part of the CFC. The brainchild Festival Founder Danette Wolpert who envisioned what twenty minutes of uninterrupted, full focus, one-on-one time with an industry leader would do for a filmmaker.  Participants can discuss projects, ask questions, pick their brains on finance, marketing, distribution. Take Twenty is only available to Filmmaker, All-Access or Convergence pass holders on a first-come, first-served basis

Finally The Huddle brings veteran filmmakers, producers, distributors, marketers, publicists, financiers and brand partners face-to-face and heart-to-heart to explore the collective potential to elevate human consciousness.  This collaborative, experiential, dynamic by invitation only event is unprecedented in the film festival world. For more information about The Huddle please contact the ILLUMINATE Film Festival.

ILLUMINATE also hosts a very special filmmaker lab series.  This year they are honored to have Paola Di Florio and Peter Rader facilitating this exciting Filmmaking Lab, “From Source to Screen.” Di Florio and Rader are the filmmakers behind the globally successful Awake: The Life of Yogananda, which won the Audience Award at ILLUMINATE 2014 and went on to a global theatrical release, followed by digital/DVD & Netflix.

To apply for the Filmmaker Lab, please send an E-mail to lab@illuminatefilmfestival.com with “Source to Screen Lab” in subject line. Describe your project in 500 words or less. Include a brief bio, where you are in your process, your goals in bringing your project to the marketplace and what you hope to get out of this lab.  The deadline to apply is May 11th.

For tickets go to: https://illuminatefilmfestival.com/tickets-passes.

ILLUMINATE Film Festival, the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema will be held May 31-June 4, 2017. CFC events will be held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, AZ.

For more information, visit www.ILLUMINATEFilmFestival.com.




ILLUMINATE Film Festival Reveals 2018 Lineup

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Contact: Betsy Klein, 714-478-0353

Sedona, Arizona (May 6, 2018) Renowned for their groundbreaking immersive approach to the film festival experience, the 5th annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival returns May 30th- June 3rd.  The premier conscious film festival, ILLUMINATE is dedicated to elevating awareness and inspiring lasting transformation through cinema.

With this intent, each season ILLUMINATE searches out the year’s most compelling, paradigm shifting, life-affirming films. For their 5th annual Festival, they have selected 26 conscious narratives, documentaries and shorts. The schedule includes evening spotlights, special guests, post-screening presentations with directors and producers, filmmaker panels, nightly parties and live musical performances.

“As a medium, film viscerally immerses us, opening our hearts and minds to larger possibilities.” Says Festival Founder and Executive Director Danette Wolpert, “This year’s lineup answers both micro and macro-level questions: how do we become the best and fullest version of ourselves? How do we make a true and measurable impact on the world?  Individually and collectively, how do we rise?”

Participants in the festival are able to mingle with some of the renowned thought leaders of today, as well as like-minded individuals set on being the change they wish to see in the world.

The festival kicks off Wednesday, May 30 with a free screening of The Push featuring the inspiring story of the indomitable Grant Korgan.

Opening Night features the Festival World Premiere of the Emmy-nominated Live Your Quest, which shares the wisdom of Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Tom Chi and others who explore the science, psychology and spirituality behind living a life of passion and purpose.

The festival will close with the latest from beloved world renowned musician Michael Franti; Stay Human. This heart-drenched film reflects on Franti’s personal journey facing adversity as a child, struggling to find his voice as a musician, and how he came to find inspiration through six stories of extraordinary change-makers across the globe who chose to overcome cynicism through optimism and hope.

New this year is the festival’s $5,000 cash prize, the Mangurama Award for Conscious Documentary Storytelling, which will be awarded to the most transformative non-fiction film that exhibits a strong story arc, compelling subjects and high production value.

For the first time, ILLUMINATE will be offering the cutting edge Reel Healing Online program. This  multi-week educational web series, hosted by both established and emerging leaders in the field of transformation,  will allow participants to more fully integrate a film’s message into their lives after the festival wraps.

One of the luminaries offering a Reel Healing Online program is rising star and bestselling author Hal Elrod whose work has been featured in segments on every major television network. Part of the next generation of game changers, his film The Miracle Morning features leading research detailing extraordinary but simple processes, made up of daily practices, that allows people to quickly transcend their limitations, enabling them to maximize their full potential.

In work-in-progress WeRise, a group of the nation’s top social innovators propose new models of success in business, medicine, education, politics, entertainment, technology and happiness to empower humankind. An inspiring call to action, it features insight from The Dalai Lama, Arianna Huffington, John Mackey, Alanis Morrisette, Moby, Joe Dispenza, Tony Robbins, Lynne Twist and more.

Other highlights include an online Satsang with enlightened master Moojibaba, a Reel Healing with Spiritual Cinema Circle Co-founder Stephen Simon and 11 world premieres including 3100: Run And Become, a sweeping examination of running’s spiritual nature; Calling All Earthlings, an exploration of the controversial ET and Nikola Tesla inspired electromagnetic dome built by George Van Tassel, a one-time Howard Hughes confidante; From Shock to Awe, a gripping look into controversial therapies for PTSD; The Edge of Paradise, which tells the story of Taylor Camp, a hippie paradise started by Elizabeth Taylor’s brother in 1969, You Are What You Act, a feature doc that exposes an intriguing body mind pattern among many of the world’s action heroes; Black Star which explores art as a healing modality for addiction; and Living Music, a documentary short chronicling a rehabilitative journey of artistic experimentation and unconventional healing.

In addition, the festival will host its 5th Conscious Film Convergence, a series of film-industry programs offering panels on pitching, film funding and distribution. Added to the offering this year are the Take Twenty Mentoring Sessions, a speed networking opportunity where advice seekers can spend twenty minutes each with pioneers and leaders of the conscious film industry.

Finally ILLUMINATE will be honoring author Lynne Twist with the Conscious Visionary Award. Author of The Soul of Money, this SuperSoul Sunday favorite and founder of the Pachamama Alliance is a recognized global visionary committed to ending world hunger, supporting social justice and environmental sustainability, and reframing our society’s relationship with money.

View the full selection of films and the schedule HERE on ILLUMINATE’s website.

VIP All-Access Passes include unlimited film screenings, VIP receptions, Conscious Film Convergence panels, Luminary Living Room series and the Virtual Reality Zone. (Access to Filmmaker Labs is not included.) Passholders also receive priority theater access.

Patrons can take advantage of discounted early-bird pricing through April 20th.  Early Bird All-Access Passes can be purchased online for $349 until April 20 ($444 after that date). Passes are on sale now and can be purchased at www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

The 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival is scheduled for May 30 – June 3, 2018 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and Mary D. Fisher Theatre. For more information, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

Sponsors of the 5th annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival include: Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Natural Action Technologies, ChocolaTree Organic Oasis, International Documentary Association, Conscious Life News, The Lodge at Sedona and Sedona Real Inn & Suites.

ILLUMINATE Film Festival, a 501(c)3 sponsored organization, is the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema. For more information, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com or call 928-421-1108.




Illuminate Film Festival – The Very Best in Conscious Cinema | May 30 – June 3, 2018

ILLUMINATE is the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is a landmark destination event and centerpiece for conscious content. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in carrying messages to the masses, the Festival showcases the best of transformational media to uplift, inspire and transform.

ILLUMINATE Film Festival
May 30 – June 3, 2018 | Sedona Arizona
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