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Antenna International Documentary Festival

How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Antenna ethos aligns with philanthropic aims. For example, the following philanthropic related aims inform festival programming 1. Cultural: films selected provide cultural texts for expressing & challenging local & global values, traditions, identities, & other aspects of culture. 2. Social change: By providing access to documentaries that people typically don't see at commercial cinemas, Antenna represents a medium for various cultural texts that identify, inform, ridicule, or critique important socio-cultural codes that circulate from dominant social systems & institutions. 3. Civic: Through screenings, Q&A panels & workshops Antenna facilitates community building, social capital & civic engagement by providing a relational space for the public and filmmakers to come together. 4. Service: By screening documentaries that do not necessarily cater to commercial interests, Antenna addresses market failure by providing a service that the for-profit sector fails to provide. In sum, Antenna feels it is important to provide a space to showcase various documentary films. The liberating potential of the documentary film genre is that it can give legitimacy to groups at the margins of society & provide educational potentialities by foregrounding the ideas & speech of the film subjects.
Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

Main outcomes:
- Broadening audiences for documentary film in Australia
- Deepening audience and filmmaker participation (panel discussions, Q&As, workshops)
- Innovative community participation (student and DIY program thread)

The festival will be evaluated using both a quantitative and qualitative approach.

Aside from quantitative measures such as attendance numbers, website hits, film submissions numbers, discussion panel and workshop attendance numbers and media coverage/stories, an evaluation officer will develop a survey to be distributed during the festival. Key areas to be included in the survey include:

Festival satisfaction:
What worked, what didn't, and what improvements would audiences like to see for the next festival

Marketing information:
Who attended the festival, where they heard about it, and how likely are they to attend next year.

Educational and Community aspects:
Degree of awareness raised derived from films, and views concerning level of festival participation.

What is your education and outreach strategy?

Antenna festival can provide an important and relevant platform that can strengthen connections between the local documentary industry & audiences. Antenna welcomes and works towards developing relations with relevant bodies & individuals within the industry.
1.Collaborative relations with other organizations/individuals:
Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE):
- Develop workshop with ICE for Western Sydney communities
- Screening event – one night screening for Western Sydney communities
- MetroScreen have in principle agreed to provide venue space and equipment for workshops and panels during the festival.
Other outreach strategy Antenna is considering:
Include a student thread/component in the Antenna program and developing a relationship with Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
2. Advisory committee: The festival advisory committee compose of individuals from various backgrounds and sectors in order to strengthen festival program providing a diversity of perspectives and first hand industry information.
3. Workshops & Q&A panels during the Antenna festival: A space for guest, local filmmakers, industry representatives and the public to discuss issues that range from the technical to the socio-cultural aspects of documentary films and narratives.
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