Causes 2017

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2017 Worthy causes supported by our award winning documentarians:

Planet IndonesiaPlanet Indonesia  – Provides community-based services to reduce socio-economic inequalities in rural communities in exchange for protecting and restoring critical ecosystems. Their goal is to promote culture identity and sustainable resource management by providing community-led services that result in resilient communities.

silent forestThe European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) ‘Silent Forest’ campaign – Conservation campaign focused primarily on songbirds of Southeast Asia. This campaign aims to save a growing number of birds by increasing knowledge, awareness and commitment to do action within and beyond the zoo community.

monash universityMusic Archive of Monash University (MAMU) – A collection of films, musical instruments, scores, field recordings and other cultural materials gives voice to performing artists from around the world and aims to educate about little known cultures and their arts from around the globe.

OkipeOKIPE –  A co-operative effort to develop and implement a long term strategic plan for the security and advancement of the “The Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave” orphanage village in Haiti –  home to 84 orphans and includes more than 200 additional students  who can not afford an education.

CCHRCitizens Commission on Human Rights – A charitable organization who acts as a Watchdog for Psychiatric Abuse in the World… seeking to protect the public and pass legislation which will abolish Mental Health Abuse globally. CCHR fights to restore basic human rights to the field of mental health

Oxfam Intermon

Oxfam Intermon – NGOs working in development, humanitarian action, fair trade and awareness raising, with the aim of eradicating injustice and poverty.  We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.

plataforma de afectadosPlataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) – Platform against evictions in Spain.  Platform of People Affected by Mortgage or PAH is an association and social movement for the right to decent housing that emerged in February 2009 in Barcelona and is present throughout the Spanish geography.

Impact Docs AwardsSanford Health: Roger Maris Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship Program – Brings together patients, family and caregivers to address the emotional, physical and financial effects of cancer. We embrace life, each other and the future as we find connection and empowerment  in our journey forward.

The Institute for EthnoMedicineBrain Chemistry Labs – located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming they are dedicated to discovering new treatments for serious illnesses – for human clinical trials and research into a cure for ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and  ongoing work with the environmental toxin BMAA.  ……………………..

Impact documentary festivalFamily Court Reform – Americans for Equal Shared Parenting is actively lobbying for Federal policy reform so that children can have equal access to both parents. ………………………………………………………………………………………..

con el almaSan Francisco State University / Con el Alma de Atoyac Por el Cancer – A cancer support group  started in the small  town Atoyac Jalisco Mexico in 2017.  Assists with raising funds to pay for medications cancer patients can’t afford.  A small group with a great impact.

Sight For All – Started 15 years ago three South Australian ophthalmologists it fills a gap in the provision of eye health services in developing countries. Sight For All empowers communities to deliver comprehensive, evidence-based, high quality eye health care through the provision of research, education and equipment.

Impact Docs AwardsWe Are Not Numbers –  An international project that links Palestinian youths with mentors from around the world to help them share the human stories behind the numbers in the news.  ………………………………………………………………………………………. http://

Epilepsy FoundationThe Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota – EFMN leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives. Our vision:  A world where people with seizures realize their full potential.

Impact Documentary Film FestivalCitySquare – CitySquare fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship.  Our 17 programs that fight poverty in different facets fall into the four pillars of hunger, health, housing, and hope.  More information about our programs and how to get involved int he fight against poverty can be found at

Documentary film festivalSINAI Schools – Operating inclusive special education schools for children with  range of complex learning, intellectual, and physical disabilities for over 30 years, tailoring a highly individualized program and integrated within a mainstream  Jewish school impacting  students in their partner school.

Impact Documentary film festivalPotoroo Palace: a native animal education centre dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and breeding native Australian animals, to enhance public awareness. Purchased by conservationist/philanthropist Alexandra Seddon, the centre is run as a not-for-profit charity and manned largely by volunteers. Donations are desperately needed to secure its future.

Impact Documentary Film FestivalSea Shepherd Australia  – a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species using innovative direct-action tactics to expose and confront illegal activities. Safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems.

impact documentary awardsTHE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT – Supporting families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly  a child.  The only bereavement charity in the UK dedicated to understanding grief as an active and creative process.  With workshops, courses and retreats all designed to help you find your way of expressing grief.

Documentary Film FestivalDEFENSE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONALDefense for Children International (DCI) is an independent non-governmental organization that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights on a global, regional, national and local level for 30 years.  . ……………………….

Impact Documantary film festivalThe Kansas Aqueduct Coalition – The Kansas Aqueduct Coalition believes that Kansans must act to secure and develop the unused and undervalued waters of the state for the benefit of the present and future people of Kansas through legislative action to avoid a water crisis that is almost certainly on the horizon.

Impact Documentary Film FestivalTimbisha Shoshone Village, Death Valley, CA – The elders of the Timbisha ancestral homeland are struggling to save their ancient language, fine basket making art, and culture from the neglect of the the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the lack of support from their own outsider tribal government located 150 miles away.

impact documentary film festivalOne Billion Rising  – is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in history. 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With world population at 7 billion, that means more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. We are creating a new kind of consciousness  where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

Impact documentary film festivalThe Center for the Secret of Peace – Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga is the Director of the Center for the Secret of Peace – in Rwanda owhere people come for healing and peace after the horrors of war, poverty, trauma and genocide.  Fr.  Rugirangoga works in the areas of peace, forgiveness and healing through a variety of programs, retreats and trainings.

Impact Documentary Film FestivalBYkids –  Inspiring action by providing kids around the world with training and video cameras to make  documentaries about their lives mentored by renowned filmmakers. Reaching over 100 million people through PBS and Discovery Education with  fresh perspectives on issues from poverty, disease, displacement, civil war,  to access to education and tolerance.

2016 Causes

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Voice for Asian Elephants Society – Giving voice to Asian elephants using  media and powerful narratives to highlight the plight of these amazing creatures and the treatment that they receive.


shade projectS.H.A.D.E. ProjectSurvivors Healing Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment empowers survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence.


Documentary film festivalMisophonia Awareness – Brings awareness and support to people with misophonia –  a disorder related to the processing of specific sounds in the brain – resulting in a life of anxiety, rage and isolation.


Documentary film competitionADDAD MaliThe aim of ADDAD  is to empower and defend the rights of young girls aged between 10 and 16 and earning between 10 and 15 dollars a month as domestic workers in Mali (Africa) .


Homeless youth documentary festivalSpare Some Change – To engage, enlighten, and empower homeless youth to create change in their lives and to provide direction toward a stable future and to use the power of media to create a wake-up call for America.


Impact Documentary Film FestivalWeb of Life Foundation – utilizes educational outreach that includes videos and photography to illustrate and foster our interconnectedness on this planet.


documentary film festivalLifebox Foundation – For millions of people in low-resource settings, there’s no such thing as a ‘routine operation’.  Surgery is urgent, life-saving – and often unsafe.Lifebox makes surgery and anesthesia safer on a global scale.


Impact Documentary film festivalVets With A Missiontakes Vietnam Veterans back to that beautiful land to love, serve, and care for the poorest of the poor. Bringing healthcare to those who can afford none is a major part of of this ministry of reconciliation.


Impact documentary film festivalSPANA – The leading charity for the world’s working animals.  Passionate about protecting and caring for the world’s working animals. An amazingly dedicated group of people work tirelessly to help those animals that are always overlooked.


Impact documentary film festivalThe Gorilla Foundation – Our mission is to learn about gorillas by communicating with them, and to apply our knowledge to advance great ape conservation, education, care and empathy.


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Kupu-Kupu Foundation – Improves the lives of people with disabilities in Bali, Indonesia.  Serves them with education, socialization, activities and much love.



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