SOURCE: Artivist Film Festival and Artivist Awards

November 16, 2007 13:25 ET

2007 Artivist Film Festival Hits Record-Breaking Attendance and Soars to New Heights

The Artivist Film Festival, Which Recognizes Socially Conscious Filmmakers and Humanitarians, Announced the Results of the Festival Attendance as Well as the Winning Films Honored at the 4th Annual Artivist Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2007) - The 4th annual Artivist Film Festival has announced record-breaking attendance for this year's event. The festival, which ran from November 8th to the 11th, showcased 60 films representing 25 countries and was attended by over 4,000 people during the 4-day event.

This year's festival not only saw an increase in attendees but also an increase in film screenings and media coverage. The festival organizers were pleased with the results of the opening night turnout filling more than 500 seats. High attendance was also experienced at various other screenings including the sold out global premiere of "Zeitgeist." The festival concluded with the 2007 artivist awards and included in attendance Hollywood luminaries such as Ted Danson, Sharon Lawrence, Marla Maples, Persia White, Scott Lowell, Debra Skelton, Margaret O'Brien and Michelle Stafford, to name a few.

For excellence in film, the 2007 Artivist Award winning films are:

"AMERICAN DRUG WAR" for Best Feature -- Human Rights directed by Kevin Booth

"THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD" for Best Short -- Human Rights directed by Jens Pedersen

"GLUE BOYS" for Best Feature -- Children's Advocacy directed by Phil Hamer

"GIRL STARS: ANITA THE BEEKEEPER" for Best Short -- Children's Advocacy directed by: Vikash Nowlakh

"BEYOND CLOSED DOORS" for Best Feature -- Animal Awareness directed by Hugh Dorigo

"SHARKS - STEWARDS OF THE REEF" for Best Short -- Animal Awareness directed by Holiday Johnson

"OUT OF BALANCE" for Best Feature -- Environmental Preservation directed by Tom Jackson

"ANTHROPOLOGY 101" for Best Short -- Environmental Preservation directed by Wayne Brittendon

"ZEITGEIST" Best Feature -- Artivist Spirit directed by Peter J.

"THE RICH HAVE THEIR OWN PHOTOGRAPHERS" for Best Short -- Artivist Spirit directed by Ezra Bookstein

Additionally, this year's Artivist Award honorees included: Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano, Claes Nobel, and Dr. Gloria Lane. During the awards ceremony a captivated audience listened and watched as Artivist friend and global humanitarian Claes Nobel thanked the Artivist for his honor. Upon receiving his award, Claes shared his experience in having presented many Nobel Prize Awards over the years, describing his honor as a "paramount juggernaut" and added humorously that it felt "Darn Good!" He went on to thank the Artivist for "advancing the work of individuals, corporations, and organizations who are inspired to spread bravely and truthfully the mission of creating a world that is better, safer and saner than the one that we have today."

Media outlets covering this year's event included: Current TV, KPFK Radio, The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine and Marie Claire, among others.

This year's Artivist Film Festival featured Petrobras as its "Official Community Partner."

Petrobras, a Brazilian company, is one of the largest distributors of Ethanol Fuel in the world with a 30-year history of producing, distributing and using ethanol from sugar cane as fuel for vehicles. Additionally, the Petrobras Environmental Program is focused on water protection and biodiversity, supporting hundreds of projects that aim to recover the water bodies and sources, as well as that which promotes the rational use of water resources and environmental education. Petrobras is the only energy company that is part of the Global Compact Board of the United Nations, committing its corporative government to the 10 principles set forth by the UN. Additionally, Petrobras is the largest funder of Cultural Arts Programs in Brazil, and a partner of various animal advocacy programs which include endangered sea turtles, the spinner dolphins, the manatees, and various save the whales programs.

Additional sponsors of this year's Artivist Film Festival and Awards are: Apogee Invent Development (www.apogeeinvent.com), leading engineers of sophisticated web applications; Environmental Defense (www.environmentaldefense.org), green campaigners working directly with businesses, governments and communities to find lasting solutions to environmental problems; In Defense of Animals (www.idausa.org), advocates for the rights, welfare and habitats of animals; Cinequest (www.cinequest.org), a film institute that empowers the maverick by producing film festivals, a distribution channel as well as mentoring and education; Monte Nido Treatment Centers, (www.montenido.com), providing full treatment and rehabilitation to individuals struggling with eating disorders; KinderUSA (www.kinderusa.org), a humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and their families worldwide; and TimeWarner (www.timewarner.com), a media and entertainment company that takes pride in putting the public interest first.

The Artivist is also grateful to its press release sponsor: Marketwire, for its generous media donation and partnership.

Artivist is now preparing for its first European tour in December 2007. The first stop is December 1-2, 2007 at the historic forum Lisboa, in Lisbon Portugal, followed by another two-day event December 7-8, 2007 at the genesis cinema in London, U.K. For film program information visit the Artivist website.

The Artivist Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a platform for socially conscious "Artivists" to share their inspirational and informative films with the world.

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