I got an email yesterday about the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival. I've never heard of this before, but it sounds like it could be interesting, especially for those who work in the film industry or take a keen interest in how Baha'i principles and teachings can be expressed through the arts.
The DBIFF web site provides all the details, but let me give you the gist of it here. There will be two "takes" for the festival. Take 1 will be held in San Diego on November 29, 2008 at the Sheraton San Diego, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, California 9210. Take 2 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on December 27 - 28, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85054.
Both events are free of charge, the former if you attend San Diego's Divine Art of Living Converence (sorry, I don't have information on that) and the latter if you attend the Grand Canyon Bahá'í Conference in Phoenix, which will be held December 26 - 28, 2008. Unfortunately, there is no plan at this time to provide tickets independent of the conferences.
Films can be entered into the festival free of charge. They must be by, for, or about Bahá'ís. Films by Bahá'ís should be written, directed and/or produced by a Bahá'í. Films about Bahá'ís must protray the Bahá'í Faith in a dignified manner. The festival accepts films from around the globe and in any language. English subtitles for non-English films are preferred, but not required. Categories include feature, documentary, short, animation and music video. The submission process is given on the DBIFF web site. The deadline is November 25, 2008.
This year an international audience of 3,500 is expected, so it's a great way for filmmakers to showcase and promote their work. If you have questions that are not answered on the aforementioned web sites, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the by, my apologies for not putting much online over the past year. If I have a chance, I'll talk more about that later. Meanwhile, I hope to be slightly more active here henceforth . . .