Eight well balanced programs per Slate explore a theme from many angles.
Olam Film Festival groups its content by themes which we call Slates. Each slate consists of 8 films on a theme. Each film is introduced by a Salon which we produce, and is followed by a discussion for which we produce written guides.
The Old Country - The Jewish experience in Europe
The Promised Land - Israel, the good, the bad and the ugly
Paved with Gold - America, the opportunities and disappointments
Walk Humbly - Social justice with Jewish connections
People of the Book - Films by writers who bring their Jewish souls to the screen
The Commanders - Films by directors who see the world through a Jewish lens
Jews on Screen - Films featuring distinctively Jewish stars or characters
Hidden in Plain Sight - Films by people you probably didn't know are Jewish
The Funnies - Films with distinctively Jewish humor
Children of Israel - films on Jewish themes suitable for kids and grownups
...and more to come.
Salons - Tools of engagement
Film festivals are never just about watching films. Actors, directors, writers come onstage to talk about the film you're about to watch or the film you've just seen. Olam Film Festival provides both, which we call Salons. Historically, salons were small gatherings in a patron's living room to discuss a new play or art exhibition. Your Salon is the key to community building by engaging your audience in thoughtful discussion.
Our opening Salons before the films are video conversations between our host and a maven. The mavens are filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, professors, clergy, celebrities and other experts. The opening Salon introduces the film and focuses the audience's attention on aspects of the film related to the theme. The opening Salon invites the audience to think. There's a short break before the film begins, to give the audience an opportunity to purchase refreshments.
The post-film local Salon can begin immediately after the film, though audiences appreciate a five minute break. Your local Salon is a moderated discussion by the audience of the film just seen - it invites the audience to talk. The discussion can be free ranging or focused. We provide discussion guides, questions to ask, issues to raise, and dialogues to keep the conversation on topic. We recommend you select a skilled facilitator adept at welcoming audience comments and keeping the colloquy going.
Salons are the tools of engagement that make Olam Film Festival unique and valuable. The Opening Salon gets the audience thinking; the Local Salon gets them talking.
Turnkey means precisely that. For most Slates, we provide brand new, fully licensed DVDs which will become an important part of your library. We provide our professionally produced and hosted Salons on DVDs. We provide comprehensive guides for conducting your post-film Salons, including alternate approaches and well thought out leading questions. You receive detailed step by step instructions for making your film festival successful. You'll get easy to follow directions for conducting and publicizing your Olam Film Festival within the terms of our license, including news releases, online postings, and emails for your mailing list. All you need to do is customize them with the time and place of your event.
You'll also get banners, posters, event credentials for your volunteers and staffers and other festival supplies. All you need is a good DVD player, a big screen or projection TV, a decent sound system and a dark space with comfortable seats.
Turnkey - A film festival in a box
Turnkey. It's that simple.
Food & tchotchkes
Olam Film Festival can be a revenue center for your non-profit organization. You can't charge admission but you can charge enough to recover your costs or request a suggested contribution. You can, and should, sell refreshments (lobby coffee at Sundance is $6 !!!) You can order the branded mugs that feature prominently in our Salon videos, and you can even order branded hats and shirts with the Olam Film Festival logo.
Non profits only
Olam Film Festival is licensed for:
Hillels and some other campus faith organizations
Inquire whether our festivals are available for your organization.