Zeitgeist Media Festival
Art is considered the most powerful tool we have to bridge these levels of awareness and inspire action for change
What is the "Zeitgeist Media Festival"?
Recognizing the power of art and media to help change the world, the annual "Zeitgeist Media Festival" (ZMF) bridges the artistic & activist communities in the hope to inspire change. It recognizes that needed changes in the structural/economic workings of society can only manifest in tandem with a personal/social transformation of values in each of us. While intellectual knowledge serves its role of showing the path, many in the world follow their feelings and comforts - not new knowledge.
This powerful event, which parallels our more intellectual Z-Day event, seeks to use the power of art and media to help inspire hope and change in the world. This non-profit, Multimedia Arts-Activist Festival will feature live music, comedy, short films, spoken word, art gallery, collaborative/interactive-art rooms, presentations by prominent activists, artists, and thinkers, and will host a variety of organizations to promote solidarity and discussion of pressing social issues, and their resolution. Embracing a spirit of unity and exploration, the ZMF creates an atmosphere of catharsis from the creative suffocation of everyday life, while reinforcing the call for us to come together to realize long-term change.
Art is considered the most powerful tool we have to bridge these levels of awareness and inspire action for change. Keeping the gesture of the long history of influential artistic creators whose vision have changed our world for the better, The ZMF works to unify the world through this expression with the basic ethos that we are one species sharing one planet and it is time the world learns to work together for the betterment of all, before it is too late.
The Mission of The Zeitgeist Media Festival is to unify the world through annual awareness events that bridge the difference between all nations, races, classes, genders and creeds; to understand we all share the same basic needs; ;to understand we are truly One Family sharing One Habitat and that our world views and hence societal approaches should reflect this foundational Global Perspective. The ZMF works to help facilitate this unifying expression for all socially conscious organizations that wish to use the power of Art to effect change in the social "Zeitgeist" - advancing our value system to see how much positive possibility there is for real social change if we choose not to fear it.
Apart from joining the Mailing List, the ZMF's main Youtube channel and its Facebook page is a good way to follow everything happening. Support for the event is limited only to your interest to promote. As noted before, this is a grassroots, non-corporate concept and the success of each years' events depends on the support of the community.
More about ZMF
The Inaugural Event for the annual Zeitgeist Media Festival occurred in 2011, with over 40 events occurring across 20 countries, featuring unique presenters and performances by Charles Fleischer, Lili Haydn, and others.
By 2012, the Los Angeles Main Event had increased in recognition with notable participants including Tim Kring, Rutger Hauer, Marianne Williamson, Cofield Mundi, The Activist Film Festival, and many more.
Although started by the social sustainability non-profit activist organization The Zeitgeist Movement, the ZMF is open to any socially conscious group which wishes to express change and a better, peaceful world through the power of art.
Participating in The Media Festival does not mean that each event shares some strict requirement of focus. However, participation does require that each act/expression understand and agree with a general train of thought (Please review our Mission Statement below) with respect to human and social sustainability and the self-evident factors that comprise a Global View of Earth as a single system, and how that relates to our single Human Family.
All ZMF Events are Non-Profit / At Cost Expressions and are organized and run by volunteers. While this is a Global idea and all events are important, we feature one "Main Event" each year which is promoted directly.
If you are interested in conducting an event, please see "How to Submit an Event" below.
How To Conduct an Event
Consider holding your own ZMF-style event. There's great flexibility within this kind of an event; so be creative, have fun, and see who in your chapter and local activist & artist communities want to do this with you. It's surprising what self-organizes synergistically through the arts.
If you are in agreement with the Mission Statement and plan out an event to be recognized and posted, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The terms of participation are very simple:
- Your event will be not for profit.
- If possible, you will conduct a Food/Resource Drive to help your community.
Beyond that, the curation of your event and its specifics are up to your ability and inspiration to do so. A ZMF event does not need to be a huge, 1000 person seat venue. It could be a small outdoor community event, or even semi-private affair. Of course, it is very important that you document and publish what you have done, large or small.
Setting up a Facebook/Youtube Channel for your community, along with video documentation, is highly suggested. After your event is complete, we would appreciate all press/videos/photos of your event be sent to us so we can continue an ongoing catalog each year to show the growing power. The more you send to us, the more we can promote your work!