Arts, Culture, and Humanities

PROJECT TWENTY1

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.projecttwenty1.org

Mission Statement

Project Twenty1 has an EPIC mission. We Educate, Promote, Inspire, and Connect creatives through film and animation programs in the Greater Philadelphia area that attract participants from all over the world. We help turn artistic passions into careers. 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 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. 52% of our program alumni report receiving paid work in their artistic field as a direct result of our programs.

Main Programs

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

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Service Areas

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National

The organization primarily serves the Philadelphia Metro area, particularly Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties as an economic, artistic and educational facilitator. Our programs including the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, and 21-day Filmmaking Competition have a national and international reach, with participants located in and producing works from all over the US, as well as several other countries.

ruling year

2011

Executive Director since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

Artistic Director since 2010

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Mr. Matthew Conant

Keywords

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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)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Television (A32)

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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We have a page full of testimonials on our website from aspiring artists describing how helpful Project Twenty1 has been in allowing them to launch their own companies, get jobs at other companies in their chosen fields, or simply increase their quality of life by allowing them inspiration and a venue in which to expose their art to receptive audiences. We have alumni from our programs who have gained employment at companies such as Disney, NBC, and TBS. Others have gone on to win Student Academy Awards, and raise hundred of thousands of dollars for future projects thanks in part to contacts made as a part of our programs. Our programs have evolved over the years to respond to feedback given to us by our community, and we are now confident they are among the best programs of their type offered for aspiring filmmakers at any level. 52% of those surveyed from our community claim to have received paid work in their field of choice as a direct result of our programs.

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

Participants have three weeks to make a film or animation up to ten minutes long. We provide the inspiration, the connections to build your team, and the venue to ensure the films get seen. And often, life-long creative partnerships.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

None

Budget

56,000

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

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

12,600

Program 4

Educational Program

Students learn the skills needed to become a filmmaker or animator, with valuable hands-on time learning everything from script to post-production with our educational team, themselves film and animation professionals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Adults

Budget

75,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Project Twenty1 will be an aspiring filmmaker's go-to organization when they have hit a wall at any stage of their film career. We will act as an incubator - a resource for the next generation of Steven Spielbergs and Quentin Tarantinos.

    By educating as well as allowing access to career-building connections, we will become a tool to help all levels of content creator, and to help them form the relationships needed to make a name for themselves. Project Twenty1 will guide selected projects through production, and into the hands of distributors.

    Currently, our goals are to ensure our organization is financially sustainable, with a full-time staff of 2, and a facility from which we can run educational programs more regularly. In this way, we can serve our community even better and year-round, instead of primarily through seasonal programs.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We run several programs, some for students who want to see if the industry is right for them without spending $40K on a year of film school, some for novices looking for community and resources, and some for intermediates just looking for practice or to improve their show reels.

    Our strategy is to raise money through development of our board, reaching out to relevant local and state grants in the summer/fall of 2017, and cultivation of donors in our existing community, to the point where we have a 2-person full-time staff by 2019 - one Executive Director handling the program needs, and one Development Director, cultivating grants, sponsorships, and individual donations, to ensure the organization will be sustainable long-term.

    Implementation of our flagship programs acheives our stated goals. We have simply never had staff to devote to the organization full-time before.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have just completed a 3-year capacity-building phase, during which we were running scaled-down versions of our educational programs without the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, or the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition.

    Thanks to a small surplus of funds from a capacity-building grant, we now have the capacity to engage in a three-prong next phase: 1) devote our newly-developed board full-time to fundraising and locating like-minded donors, 2) finding appropriate community partners to help us reach this goal 3) to pay a grant-writer hourly to write the grants determined by the board to be priorities.

    After this initial push, we expect to be able to hire our first ED (who will split time between programmatic and fundraising assignments), and eventually a Development Director who will free up the ED to focus on programs.This should allow us to run our flagship programs at full capacity.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The board has agreed (4/4/17) that success will be determined by achievement of the following goals within the next 3 years (EOY 2019):

    -Financial stability w/ 2 full-time employees, An Executive Director and a Fundraiser
    -Running 21-Day Competition
    -Running Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival
    -Running Education Programs (Mentorship Program & Workshops at minimum)
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have expanded and improved our board, increasing the number of board members from 7 members, one board meeting a year, and minimal engagement, to 10 members, meetings every 2 months and a high degree of engagement.

    We have created a Strategic Plan outlining the above.

    We have created a Financial Plan outlining the above and defining measures of success.

    We have begun the process of hiring grant-writers and educators for our fall Mentorship Program.

    We are starting to scout new locations from which we can run our educational programs to increase capacity from 3 students per year to 20+.

    We have plans to relaunch the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition in Spring of 2018, for the first time since Fall of 2014.

    We have plans to relaunch the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival in Spring of 2019.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The organization primarily serves the Philadelphia Metro area, particularly Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties as an economic, artistic and educational facilitator. Our programs including the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, and 21-day Filmmaking Competition have a national and international reach, with participants located in and producing works from all over the US, as well as several other countries.

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Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie M Yuhas

Artistic Director

Mr. Matthew Conant

BIO

Stephanie Yuhas is an award-winning writer and producer. Her last four science fiction/fantasy short films, commissioned by Red 5 Studios, were featured on sites such as Kotaku.com and garnered over 500,000 views. Yuhas is a Regional Development Consultant for Mystery Science Theater 3000. She also wrote and produced for Living in 8-Bits, AVGN: The Movie, and Moot (WHYY-TV). Her debut book, American Goulash, based on the award winning animation Nagymama, was published by BookTrope in November of 2014, and is currently in development as a TV series with Guru Studio (Paw Patrol).

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 Director

"Project Twenty1's mission is EPIC. We Educate, Promote, Inspire, and Connect artists through film and animation programs, in order to help build their creative passions into careers. While schools may provide many skills needed to create great work, they rarely provide tools such as access to collaborators, funding, theatrical public exhibition, or distribution. Project Twenty1 strives to fill those gap, to help each artist, no matter where they are in their career, to reach the next step.

Project Twenty1 seeks to be an aspiring filmmaker's go-to organization when they have hit a wall at any stage of their film career. We will act as an incubator - a resource for the next generation of Steven Spielbergs and Quentin Tarantinos.

By educating as well as allowing access to career-building connections, we will continue to grow as a tool to help all levels of content creator, and to help them form the relationships needed to make a name for themselves. Project Twenty1 will guide selected projects through production, and into the hands of distributors."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ryan Leib

Keystone Wealth Management Group of UBS

Term: Jan 2017 - Jan 2020

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?