The JUST BE LOVE Project is dedicated to education, awareness, and inspiring action for social justice and human rights issues through educational events and socially conscious films. Change begins with education and it is their hope to start the difficult conversations and to inspire action in the hearts of those attending this event.
Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?
Ann Cabano: The JUST BE LOVE Project is dedicated to education, awareness, and inspiring action for social justice and human rights issues through educational events and socially conscious films. It is my hope that this event inspires filmmakers to use their platform to bring awareness to social issues, to give a voice to the tough conversations, to advocate for the injustices humanity faces.
What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2017)?
Attendees can expect to have the opportunity to acquire a new lens of perception. Beyond that, it is my hope awareness, change and healing can be a lasting result.
What are the qualifications for the selected films?
Official selections will have any social justice theme or sub-theme that can become a educational discussion.
We hope to have the filmmakers present to answer questions and when not possible we hope to have subject matter experts offer some insight.
We accept any genre of film.
Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?
Art in any form is personal and therefore subjective and surely the impetus behind the intention of the different festivals.
And I can only speak for my festival where every entry gets screened and judged equally.
What motivates you and your team to do this festival?
I was personally motivated to create this event because I am an advocate for humanity at heart. My background in non-profit, my personal life experiences and my passion as an educator naturally forged a path to this very moment in my life. I imagine my team is motivated by similar reasons.
How has your Film Freeway submission process been?
The process has been smooth and steady an right in line with my vision and projected pace.
Where do you see the festival by 2020?
As a new venture, I have decided to let The Just Be Love Project organically shape and grow.
We are focused on social justice and education awareness and already had the honor of being asked to work with a group of 56 high school youth that wanted to learn about human trafficking. Our partner Shanna Parker, trafficking survivor and founder of AngelsGoToWork.com helped us educate the young adults at a three hour gathering where the participants also helped us make three powerful videos by lending their voice to the topics of homelessness, trafficking and bullying.
This fall we are mentoring and collaborating with another youth group that will be making a film we will screen at a future event.
We will also be launching a non-profit leg that will do educational outreach around social justice and human rights issues.
What film have you seen the most times in your life?
I will admit that it is a tie between ‘While You Were Sleeping’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘My Cousin Vinny’ and ‘Braveheart’.
In one sentence, what makes a great film?
Human connection, emotional intelligence, a quirky protagonist and a slight sense of the unreal.
How is the film scene in your city?
I would love to the film community in my city expand and grow.
We just acquired a film commissioner and hope to see an impact on our community.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.
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