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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ruling year

2011

chief executive for fy 2010

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

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co-chief executive for fy 2010

Mr. Matthew Conant

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Keywords

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

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EIN

27-2395979

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?

Impact statement

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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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

Budget

$90,000.00

Population Served

Adults

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

Program 2

21-Day Filmmaking Competition

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Category

None

Budget

Population Served

None

None

None

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

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

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PROJECT TWENTY1

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

co-chief executive

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 CEO

"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

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?