Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Project Twenty1

  • Norristown, PA
  • www.projecttwenty1.org

Mission Statement

Project Twenty1 has an EPIC mission. We Exhibit, Promote, Inspire, and Connect creatives through film and animation. We host film festivals, networking events, educational workshops, and competitions in the Greater Philadelphia area that attract participants from all over the world. We partner with other organizations globally to provide maximum exposure for our participants, community, and sponsors.
We seek to go beyond the standard conventions of a festival. We help unite the world of independent artists, allow them direct paths to their audiences, and at the same time build the cultural and artistic scene in Philadelphia and beyond.
We transform independent filmmaking from a trap-laden nightmare into an exciting adventure. We create a network of support, promotion, and distribution through which motivated filmmakers and artists can get their work seen internationally. And in the process, we witness the birth of exciting new creative relationships and truly original, entertaining films.

Main Programs

  1. Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival (PFAF)
  2. 21-Day Filmmaking Competition
  3. Movies from the Hill

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

The organization primarily serves the Philadelphia Metro area including nearby NJ, DE municipalities. Additionally, the organization also serves the Norristown, PA community as an economic, artistic and educational facilitator. Lastly, the annual film & animation festival, and 21-day film competition has a national and international reach, since participants in those programs are located and produce works all over the US, as well as several other countries.

ruling year

2011

Executive Producer since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

Artistic Director since 2010

Self-reported

Mr. Matthew Conant

Keywords

Self-reported

film, animation, festival, arts, competition, 21-day, community, Pennsylvania, North East, Worldwide

Notes from the Nonprofit

2014 and 2015 look poised to be game-changing years for us! We've been consulting with YOU, our wonderful friends, artists, board members, and audience members, discussing our options for 2014-2015 programs. Many of you participated in our survey sent via Vertical Response and Facebook to cast your votes, and together, we've unearthed some interesting things:

New Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival Schedule

Believe it or not, many of you would be interested in seeing PFAF take place in the spring or early summer. People are generally averse to change and vote for the familiar, so we’re taking this idea to heart and MOVING PFAF from its longstanding position in early fall.

For those of you wanting to submit to PFAF, unfortunately, it means a little longer wait for a call-for-entries, and no PFAF in autumn of 2014 as we’ve come to expect. BUT we feel that overall, this switch will give us an opportunity to expand and improve our festival services by the time the event rolls around.

21 Day Filmmaking Competition 2014

The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition is back! This year, the community has selected August 30-September 20, in order to allow people extra time off from work due to Labor Day and to allow high schools and colleges in session to participate for class credit.


What’s the same? Everything about production is the same. You still have 21 Days to make your film. There’s still a secret element. And, all films created that follow the rules will still be screened theatrically. The Best Films will still compete for awards and prizes as well as being sent to other festivals & screening partners on the filmmakers’ behalves.

So, what’s different? This year, we plan to give the 21-Day Competition an event all its own. All films made as a part of the 2014 competition will have 21-Day Competition Screenings the nights of Monday, October 6th and Tuesday, October 7th at the 300+ seat Ibrahim Theater @ International House Philadelphia, followed by parties at nearby venues to discuss and celebrate the 21-Day Filmmakers’ work. At the 21-Day Competition Screenings, the audience, along with our independent panel of judges will determine the “Best of 2014” films.
BONUS: The top dozen or so films will go on to an ADDITIONAL SCREENING at the 2015 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival.

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EIN

27-2395979

 Number

6349944048

Physical Address

107 E. Main St Suite LL1

Norristown, 19401 4913

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2010 was the biggest Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival to date, hosting events at the International House Theater Philadelphia, Marathon Grill, the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, and the Sheraton University City. In addition to screening more than sixty World Premieres, and more than ninety films during the three day festival, Project Twenty1 continued to host its competitions, workshops, and parties. Project Twenty1 also added a free Red Carpet Event that was broadcast on four news stations, including FOX‐ 29, PHL‐17, NBC10, and CBS‐3. Over 2,000 people total were in attendance.

Now, Project Twenty1 has over 200 films licensed in its Film Library available for licensing. Its combined mailing list has over 10,000 subscribers, primarily comprised of hard‐working film industry professionals age 18‐35 seeking to take their careers to the next level. Partnerships have been formed with established film institutions like Sony Creative Software, Slamdance Film Festival, ToonBoom Animation, Glidecam, Litepanels, and Marathon Grill Restaurant chain.

The Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival has successfully hosted filmmakers and guests in Philadelphia from Hawaii, Connecticut, Miami, Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, California, Michigan, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Greece, the U.K., Hong Kong, and Japan – and given them a taste of their very first Philadelphia cheesesteak. For many, it was their first time in Philadelphia and in some cases, it was their first time in the United States.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival (PFAF)

The entire year of events and programs culminate each year at the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival. Project Twenty1 interns, volunteers, and community members meet industry professionals who can help advance their careers. Revenue is pumped into the community from visitors worldwide. The audience themselves are given ballots, becoming judges themselves, helping decide the fate of the work they’ve just seen.
Official Selections finally meet their audiences, and deals are struck to commence production on their next projects or secure distribution for completed work.
The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition Filmmakers receive their World Premiere and get the opportunity to mingle with celebrity judges and the talented and often highly-experienced Official Selections.
Workshops run the gamut of film-related skills, teaching Acting, Special Effects, Film Financing, Grant-writing, and Project Pitching. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to help artists turn their hobby into a full-time career.
The Red Carpet is unrolled for photo opportunities for both the community and media.
Awards and over $10,000 in prizes are distributed to Official Selections and 21-Day Filmmaking Competition Participants. The Project Twenty1 EPIC award is presented to a member of the community that embodies the EPIC spirit of Exhibiting, Promoting, Inspiring, and Connecting his or her fellow community members.
The Closing Night Party, is a relaxed networking event/reception that gives filmmakers, judges, and industry movers and shakers an opportunity to discuss their screened work, and any upcoming projects in the pipeline. Audience awards from the festival are announced and distributed at the event.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$90,000.00

Program 2

21-Day Filmmaking Competition

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Movies from the Hill

Project Twenty1 is bringing public movies BACK to our home town of Norristown for the first time since the closing of the Norris Theater in 1982.
Movies from the Hill is a FREE outdoor screening of independent films and/or animations, conveniently located a few blocks from the Norristown Transportation Center! (SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Line, High Speed Line, etc.) This program was created by and for the Norristown Community, and many of the filmmakers screened have roots in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Category

Film & Video

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

The organization primarily serves the Philadelphia Metro area including nearby NJ, DE municipalities. Additionally, the organization also serves the Norristown, PA community as an economic, artistic and educational facilitator. Lastly, the annual film & animation festival, and 21-day film competition has a national and international reach, since participants in those programs are located and produce works all over the US, as well as several other countries.

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Leadership

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Executive Producer

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

Artistic Director

Mr. Matthew Conant

BIO

Stephanie M. Yuhas graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Philadelphia University of the Arts with a BFA in Animation. In addition to Project Twenty1, Stephanie operates the marketing arm of Crystalline Studios, a Philadelphia-based animation & writing company. As an animator, Stephanie feels there is a large void in the time-based festival circuit for animation, given the typical constraints and intensity of the medium. She believes that Project Twenty1 provides enough time to produce polished films and creates a unique venue for animators to screen their work alongside live-action filmmakers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Producer

"Project Twenty1 is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an EPIC mission. We Exhibit, Promote,Inspire, and Connect creatives through film and animation. Project Twenty 1 is focused on helping artists and filmmakers turn their passions into careers.

Our two largest programs, the 21 Day Filmmaking Competition and the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival, have become exciting annual events for the Philadelphia filmmaking community. Our educational and internship programs help aspiring artists develop their creative skills while simultaneously preparing them for the business realities of work in the industry.

We host programs in the Greater Philadelphia area that attract participants from all over the world. We partner with other organizations globally to provide maximum exposure for our participants, community, and sponsors. We create a network of support, promotion, and distribution through which motivated filmmakers and artists can get their work seen internationally. And in the process, we witness the birth of exciting new careers, and truly original, entertaining films."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Matthew Conant

No Affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?