The Liberty Film Festival and the David Horowitz Freedom Center will be holding the 2006 Liberty Film Festival this November 10th-12th, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. The Festival “showcases films that celebrate free speech, patriotism, religious freedom and democracy.”
Govindini Murty, artistic director of the festival, describes the festival this way: “In a world at war, the Liberty Film Festival spotlights films celebrating freedom over tyranny. This year we expect the festival to be focused on: the Iraq War and the War on Terror, Israel and the current mid-east conflict, free speech, illegal immigration, democracy and free markets in the developing world, preservation of traditional cultures and art forms, and the struggle for religious freedom against
This year¹s festival, the third so far, will also take a historic look at anti-Communism in Hollywood. As Murty says, “We seek to stimulate a lively and diverse debate, and we welcome filmmakers from all backgrounds whose films celebrate America, Israel, and democracy around the
world, and that affirm individual liberty, free enterprise, family and faith.”
The 2004 and 2005 Liberty Film Festivals attracted 6500 attendees and received widespread media coverage. The festival has screened 41 films, of which 26 have been premieres and 14 have achieved theatrical or DVD distribution. The festival has also launched an online film magazine,
LIBERTAS, which has become a popular forum for conservative discussion on film, with an average of three million hits a month. The festival has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, AMC, and the BBC, as well as in the LA Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and numerous other publications.
Award-winning films premiered at prior Liberty Film Festivals have included In The Face of Evil: Reagan¹s War in Word & Deed; Obsession: Radical Islam¹s War Against the West; Brainwashing 201; and Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution. Other notable festival films have included Broken Promises: the UN at 60; Michael & Me;³ Confronting Iraq and 365 Boots on the Ground.
Prior festival speakers have included Joel Surnow, Executive Producer of Fox¹s 24; Frank Price, former President of Columbia Pictures and Chairman of Universal; director David Zucker (Scary Movie 4); film critic Michael Medved; producer Steve McEveety (We Were Soldiers); TIME magazine film critic Richard Schickel; screenwriter Andrew Klavan (Don¹t Say a Word); and writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh (ABC’s The Path to 9/11).
The Liberty Film Festival recently merged with the David Horowitz Freedom Center to create what festival co-founder Jason Apuzzo calls “the premier conservative film and cultural organization in America.” The festival will hold juried competitions for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, and has just opened its call for entries. The postmarked deadline for all entries is September 23. Films accepted into the 2006 festival will be announced on October 16, 2006. (For further details: www.libertyfilmfestival.com.)