AFI Docs has launched a Policy Engagement Program designed to connect filmmakers making social issue docs with policymakers, in a bid to maximize their impact on the issues their films cover.
The program includes a Film and Politics Boot camp in Washington DC tomorrow (June 20), pre-festival guidance and counsel, a networking lunch, and – for a select number of films -strategic meetings with elected and appointed U.S. officials who have responsibility for the issues covered in their films.
“The expansion of this year’s festival into the heart of Washington DC provided an opportunity to engage leaders with our filmmakers in a way that is unprecedented and that will distinguish AFI Docs for years to come,” said Sky Sitney, AFI Docs’ festival director.
“We are very excited about this new addition to the festival and so are our filmmakers. This is not only a great opportunity for them to connect with policymakers, but also for elected and appointed officials to connect with strong artistic voices that are interested in their causes.”
Among those chosen for personalized, targeted pro-bono advocacy support as part of the inaugural program are the filmmakers behind feature docs Gideon’s Army, The Crash Reel (pictured above), I Learned America, Best Kept Secret and Lost for Life.
After the boot camp, the filmmakers will have the opportunity to schedule independent meetings with members of Congress and staff from regions and committees, as well as federal agencies related to their films.
AFI Docs, which was formerly known as Silverdocs, takes place in DC from June 19-23. It is sponsored by car firm Audi.