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100 Days of Optimism

100 Days of Optimism

Join us in making the future brighter through film! With our partners WeTransfer and Bow and Arrow Entertainment, we're celebrating and rewarding filmmakers making a case for optimism in their work: stories of hope, change, redemption, determination, inspiration or that so clearly demonstrates the creative genius of humanity it can't help but make you feel optimistic. 

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The Book Keepers

Roanoke • Feature
Documentary, Family

A father and son crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.

111%

This project got the green light!

Looking for Leia

San Francisco • Series
Documentary, Sci-Fi

A joyous gender justice project about the women of Star Wars fandom

122%

This project got the green light!

Scab Vendor - The Life and Times of Jonathan Shaw

Los Angeles • Feature
Biography, Documentary

A deep scrutiny into the life of one of America's last outlaws, Scab Vendor is the story of tattooist, writer, and pirate, Jonathan Shaw.

109%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles • Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion

Denver • Series
Documentary, Global Celebration

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion Documentary Series

136%

This project got the green light!

Pasărea

Madrid • Short
Drama, Foreign Film

There are millions of human slaves in the world- Vera is just one more. Hay milliones de esclavos en este mundo-Vera es solo una más.

142%

This project got the green light!

The Water is My Sky

St. Louis • Feature
Documentary, Sport

Two dedicated swimmers must temporarily sacrifice their professional lives to pursue their dreams of earning a world number 1 ranking

132%

This project got the green light!

Becoming Incurable

Sacramento • Feature
Documentary

A filmmaker captures the struggles, triumphs, and every day lives of three individuals living with severe chronic, incurable illnesses.

111%

This project got the green light!

Dawn of Hearts

Ashland • Feature
Documentary

A pulsing journey through human life, from before birth to beyond death, revealing our heart is not a pump, but the biggest mystery of life.

124%

This project got the green light!

Pretty Dudes - Season Two

Los Angeles • Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

The "pretty boy curse" may be over, but is their luck changing for the better? The Dudes make new friends and face new challenges.

88%

This project got the green light!

Michael And Michael Are Gay

Los Angeles • Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A satirical look at gay marriage through the eyes of two neurotic married misfits named Michael.

100%

This project got the green light!

Ponyboi

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Ponyboi follows an intersex runaway, living in the dumps of New Jersey, as he searches for love in all the wrong places

114%

This project got the green light!

The Grind

East Stroudsburg • Series
Comedy, Drama

A journey to success for three friends becomes their downfall, when their environment manifests their voids and sins.

100%

This project got the green light!

LIFE AT ALL COSTS - A Documentary Series Going Beyond Pro Choice Vs. Pro Life

Los Angeles • Series
Documentary, News

Follow Asha Dahya, a former conservative Christian on her attempt to find common ground between pro choice and pro life.

114%

This project got the green light!

Junie & Frank

New York • Short
Comedy, Family

Frank's granddaughter, Junie, won't answer his calls. So he fibs a little.

81%

This project got the green light!

Rock ShopZillah

Friday Harbor • Short
Documentary, Music

For these lucky kids, celebrating the Fourth of July means showing everyone INDEPENDENCE ROCKS!

100%

This project got the green light!

Nature of the Beasts

Estes Park • Feature
Documentary, Nature

Nature of the Beasts is a journey through the crossroads of wildlife, wilderness and the human experience in Rocky Mountain National Park.

100%

This project got the green light!

American Times

Lone Tree • Feature
Documentary

A Journey From Madness to Forgiveness

80%

This project got the green light!

Loreen's Gotta Boogie

New York • Short
Comedy, Music

Cultural misfit and aspiring dancer, Loreen, embarks on a journey of self discovery after stumbling upon an audition of a lifetime.

106%

This project got the green light!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

New York • Festival
Film-related Business, Shorts Program

Show us your film. We'll show you success.

81%

This project got the green light!

Fragments of An Ecosystem

Jacmel • Feature
Documentary, Science

Doing conservation science in real world scenarios, where people directly depend on their environment's resources for survival.

80%

This project got the green light!

MUSICALS WITH A MESSAGE: A Short Dance-based Web Series

New York • Series
Musical, Science

A series of short dance-based informative musicals providing viewers with opportunities to participate & build a world they want to live in.

106%

This project got the green light!

Chasing the Dragon

Salt Lake City • Short
Thriller, LGBTQ

A transgender detective gets blocked by local transphobic PD. Never beaten, she pushes back and discovers who the real culprits are

81%

This project got the green light!

This World Alone

Atlanta • Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

An independent feature film about three women living in seclusion following a cataclysmic event that left the Earth without technology.

112%

This project got the green light!

Roots of Fire

Lafayette • Feature
Documentary, Music

The story behind a new generation of musicians keeping one of America’s last true cultures alive in the heart of Louisiana.

102%

This project got the green light!

In Her Wake

Los Angeles • Short
Comedy, Drama

An honest comedy about real tragedy. A brother and sister try to navigate through their mother's wake with high spirits.

85%

This project got the green light!

Anna's Documentary

New York • Feature
Documentary

What happens when you receive a diagnosis that changes your life in a heartbeat? Anna embarks on a journey to find out and begin to heal.

101%

This project got the green light!

Magpie

Cary • Feature
Comedy, Drama

Maggie is a 43-yr-old PR Exec who has it all until a chance encounter with her childhood best friend triggers a hilarious existential crisis

106%

This project got the green light!

Straight Up

Los Angeles • Feature
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

A romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care.

101%

This project got the green light!

Adapting

New York • Short
Comedy

The (mostly) true story of a couple who begin the emotional, difficult and surprisingly ridiculous journey of adopting a baby.

103%

This project got the green light!

Queen of the Capital

Washington • Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Daniel, a government bureaucrat in Washington D.C., dreams of becoming Queen of the Capital.

85%

This project got the green light!

Ahma in the Bardo

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, Foreign Film

Unable to attend her grandma’s funeral, a young Singaporean girl new to America searches for her Ahma’s soul and finds it in her pet turtle.

194%

This project got the green light!

America Rise

Seattle • Feature
Documentary

Together, we can create the world we want to live in.

80%

This project got the green light!

Failure is an Option

Los Angeles • Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

Katrina is adult-ing and trying to find success through depression, even if that means showering once a day.

81%

This project got the green light!

GRIT

Los Angeles • Short
Comedy, Drama

Frankie, a single woman in her late 30’s, discovers that due to an infertility issue, motherhood is suddenly a matter of now or never.

105%

This project got the green light!

WBCN and The American Revolution

Cambridge • Feature
Documentary

The incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything.

101%

This project got the green light!

CEIBA, memories of a cuban family

Paris • Feature
Documentary

A poetic documentary about a Cuban family.

107%

This project got the green light!

Idaho Boys

Reno • Series
Comedy, Family

Idaho Boys is a comedy about three dysfunctional brothers rallying together to save the family farm.

103%

This project got the green light!

RAG DOLL

Los Angeles • Feature
Drama

A young woman, exhausted by her daily fight to survive, embraces violence when she enters a MMA tournament.

117%

This project got the green light!

The Care & Keeping Of Your Woman

Los Angeles • Short
Satire

A How-Not-To Guide For The Modern Man

191%

This project got the green light!

Nun Habits Series

New York • Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A weed-smoking nun befriends a gay high school senior. Together, they reconcile their personal beliefs with the teachings of the Church.

87%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles • Series
Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.

106%

This project got the green light!

Deviant

Boulder • Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

What's so great about being normal? In the"Perfect Society" all imperfect "deviants" are shot into space for the rest of their lives.

83%

This project got the green light!

Final Refrain

Baltimore • Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian world where art and music are forbidden, a passionate piano player must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for her music.

105%

This project got the green light!

Choke

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, Action

A rising MMA star hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.

159%

This project got the green light!

Lady Parts

Los Angeles • Short
Comedy

A struggling actor finally gets her big break only to realize the glass ceiling can also be a camera lens.

85%

This project got the green light!

Skater

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A 13 year old competitive figure skater who suffers from severe anxiety is possessed by the spirit of her skating idol.

116%

This project got the green light!

Gringo Chief

Richmond • Short
Documentary

This is the unlikely story of Randy Borman, a blue-eyed white American, who became a leader of an indigenous community in the Amazon.

119%

This project got the green light!

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