Submissions are currently being sought for the first Creatively Connected Online Film Festival, organised by The Foundation for Art & Healing, U.S. The aim of the festival is to give filmmakers a chance to add their voice to the timely conversation about one of today’s major health issues – the burden of loneliness and isolation. Submissions should explore the challenge of loneliness and isolation and how creative expression could or does reduce that burden for either individuals or groups. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2017.

The Festival is focused on stories found in these especially affected groups:

  • Older adults making sense of their remaining years
  • Individuals with major illness, along with their caregivers
  • Veterans and their loved ones struggling to achieve successful “homecoming”
  • Adolescents and young adults exploring identity in a sometimes alienating digital world
  • The LGBTQ community working to establish and legitimize identity
  • Immigrants and refugees finding their way in a new place.

Submission Guidelines

The Festival will have a juried review of submissions, selection of top submissions and awarding of various prizes.

Submissions are welcomed in two categories:

  • A run time of five minutes or less–Submission fee of $25*
  • Longer work not to exceed 30 minutes– Submission fee of $40*

* A scholarship fund has been established to defray submission fee expenses for submitters who qualify. Email for guidelines.

The event co-host, Mike Paseornek, President of Production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, will be one of the judges. A portfolio of awards will be bestowed, recognizing the important artistic work submitted and its potential to promote health and wellbeing for individuals and society. There will also be distribution opportunities to facilitate expanded and focused viewing of the work.


The Online Film Festival will hold a public health outreach conference and celebratory event in New York City on May 9, 2017. Simultaneously, the Festival will also include an online showcase to facilitate and encourage wider distribution and promote sustained community engagement and participation.

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