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03/25 2014

Do Gooder Awards Announced – Cause Driven Video

This year our nonprofit, Lights. Camera. Help., teamed up with the for-profit Do Gooder Awards and helped pick some truly great cause driven films.

  • Winner of Best of Nonprofit Video Award is “Right By You” by Partners for Mental Health, a short but powerful piece that shows why we need to do more to end tragedies like youth suicide.

•       Winner of Funny for Good Award, “Nutiquette: a dude’s guide to checking his nuts”, comes from the Canadian Cancer Society and treats viewers to a catchy tune and informative instructions of the steps for and overall importance of checking oneself for testicular cancer.
•       Most Inspiring Youth Media, our newest category, awarded its prize to Wide Angle Youth Media for “The Paradise That Wasn’t”, an important look at the prejudices that refugees face in America from youth that had to endure them.
•       ImpactX Award winner Alex’s Lemonade Stand shares the powerful story of 15-year-old Jordan Vincent in “Slaying Childhood Cancer!”- Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor that covers her brain and spine, and after enduring ongoing treatment and countless side effects from the treatment – was nicknamed “Cancer Slayer” by her family.

We hope they all enter our festival as well!

You can check them all out here: https://www.youtube.com/dogooder

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02/24 2014

Video DoGooders Award – Public Voting

Are you ready? Public voting will be open February 28th through March 10th! Winners will be announced live at this year’s NTEN conference in Washington D.C. on March 13th.

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in partnership with the National Youth Media Network & with support from The National Association for Media Literacy Education Nickelodeon, AFI Docs and Lights. Camera. Help, will also provide the following prizes to the winner of the new Youth Media category:

  • Lights.Camera.Help – will screen all four of the finalist films at their 2014 Festival
  • AFI DOCS film festival - will provide two festival passes for 2014: one for the winning filmmaker and one for the filmmaker’s mentor from the facilitating nonprofit
  • Nickelodeon- will award a $3,000 cash prize to the award-winning film’s nonprofit
  • In addition to prizes provided by Cisco and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, contest winners will receive free registration to the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the signature event hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Zacuto will also provide a $500 gift card to the winner of the Funny for Good category.

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01/14 2013

Calling all Filmmakers!

The City of Austin wants to see what inspires you!

If you read this blog you know there’s just something about Austin that fuels creativity. From the music in the air, to the people on the street, to the landscape that surrounds us – inspiration is everywhere. Since 2005, Faces of Austin has showcased short films by local filmmakers, reflecting the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our city. The City of Austin now invites all Austin-area filmmakers to submit their work to Faces of Austin 2013. The films selected for Faces of Austin 2013 will have a premiere screening during the SXSW Film Conference Community Screenings in March 2013. The films will be shown at Austin City Hall, on Channel 6, on the City website, and at special screenings throughout the year. And as an added bonus this year, local film luminary Elizabeth Avellán (Producer-Spy Kids, Sin City, Machete) will select one film as the Judge’s Choice!

Be sure to hurry and submit your work. Deadline is January 15th. That’s tomm, kids!

Submission is free.

Visit www.austintexas.gov/department/faces-austin for more information and application materials.

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07/8 2010

KUT: How They Can Help You

Taken from a great post on Lights. Camera. Help.

KUT FM is committed to the Austin community and one of the things we strive to excel at is connecting the Austin community with issues that require their attention. We serve as an ongoing promotional channel for local non-profits in a number of key ways and provide these services for FREE. Is your non-profit looking for a way to get your message out to the community? There are several ways KUT can help!

1.      Submit a PSA-
KUT 90.5 rotates PSAs on a daily basis. We read the PSAs of anywhere from 4 to 7 different organizations, multiple times a day on air.  To submit your PSA for consideration, please send an email to psa@kut.org. All submitted PSAs are considered for possible airtime, provided they originate from and/or benefit a non-profit organization. PSAs are free announcements. Please understand that we receive a high volume of requests and do our best to accommodate a wide variety of local organizations and that we cannot air Public Service Announcements for religious services or partisan political rallies. We do not accept pre-recorded PSA’s. Submit the important information and we will write the PSA so it effectively reaches our audience. Our PSA manager handles all these requests and works hard to ensure that your PSA is effective and contains the most relevant information. Some tips for PSA submissions: Your PSA should be submitted in a timely manner, at least 2 weeks before the event you wish to publicize. Submitting early is a great way to increase your organization’s chance of airtime. If your PSA is chosen, it will be read live by our on-air host several times a day and generally for several days before your event.

2.      Community Calendar- The KUT Calendar is a great (and free) option for those of you who’d like to get the word out online. Submit your event here: http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kut/events.eventsmain?action=submitEvent. All events will be approved and published on our website within two business days.

3.      Get Involved: KUT partners with I Live Here I Give Here to select a local non-profit each month to feature and spotlight in the Get Involved campaign-featured on air on 90.5 and online at kut.org (http://kut.org/get_involved) . All features are produced in-house by KUT producer Mike Lee and spotlight volunteer opportunities along with organizational information, donation/wish list information and interviews with representatives of the selected organization and the constituents it serves. For more than five years our Get Involved campaign has been featuring community organizations where volunteers are making a positive difference in the daily life of Central Texans. We look for organizations where volunteers help make life better for those in need in our community and we use the Get Involved feature to help recruit committed volunteers for organizations in need.

4.      Volunteer announcements: KUT also rotates through a list of community volunteer opportunities on air. We update these opportunities on a frequent basis. For more informaiton, please email psa@kut.org.

5.       Special features: We also, at our discretion, feature small local arts organizations that are classified as non-profits on our Arts Eclectic series. Previous features have included LCH along with the community arts organization The Church of the Friendly Ghost.

The future: KUT is looking to expand our role as a catalyst for community change via the redesign of kut.org. We have several initiatives in the works and will be soliciting community feedback on how to best serve local non-profits through new media outreach and beyond. If you would like to be a part of this feedback, please start by taking a preliminary survey. If you are chosen for a second round of surveys, your feedback (which we cannot emphasis enough as being so greatly appreciated!) will be rewarded with a gift. Please take the kut.org survey here: http://bit.ly/kutsurvey

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