The 7DAYPSA Competitions
Boston 7DayPSA awards night at WCVB-TV 5
FLICKERS and the Rhode Island International Film Festival's National Filmmaker Competition.
The 7DAYPSA Competition was conceived by the award winning creative team at Original Concept & Development Associates (www.OCDA.biz) for the non-profit Flickers Arts Collaborative (aka the Rhode Island International Film Festival) as part of their Creative Impulse Award programming.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge local filmmakers to use their creative skills and energy to meet a major need of local non-profit organizations, giving the filmmakers not only a wonderful experience and a great feeling, but also a broadcast credit for their resumes. The competition is designed to build professional bridges, spurring networking and opening professional doors for the participants. Helping filmmakers be proactive about their careers and their karma.
It is about the independent film industry using their creative skills to produce wonderful micro-short films that help out the non-profit world so they can meet the needs of the local community.
In an economic climate when deserving non-profit organizations continue to struggle for resources to operate, they do not have the funds to produce a broadcast quality public service announcement to raise awareness of their organization. It is this lack of public awareness that impacts both their ability to raise funds and to make the public aware of their services. Media outlets that had once been able to both produce and air public service announcements for free, no longer have the available production resources or personnel to produce those PSA’s. But there is a resource that is going untapped. Local independent filmmakers have the skills to produce original and imaginative micro-short films and are looking to garner professional credits for their resumes.
The 7DAYPSA Competition brings filmmakers and not-for-profits together to provide these deserving organizations with broadcast quality PSAs and also a commitment from our local media sponsor to air the spots. This is a real feel good competition. PSA production, air time, and contributions brought in by those 7DAYPSAs has been valued at many hundreds of thousands of dollars. To date our competing agency teams have produced wonderful spots for: Al's Moving Minds (RI), the Beverly Children's Learning Center (MA), Big Sisters of Rhode Island (RI), Birthday Wishes (MA), the Education Exchange (RI), the Elderly Living at Home Project (MA), Father Bill's & MainSpring (MA), Harborlight Community Partners (MA), the Maine Woman's Fund (ME), Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MA), My Body My Choice (MA), North Charles (MA), Planet Dog Foundation (ME), and the Sensational Child (RI).
Since the competition’s beginning with competitions in Rhode Island, Boston and Northern New England, our filmmaker team’s PSAs have received three New England Emmy Award nominations (Public service Announcement Single Spot) and one Emmy Award statue, as well as a Best PSA award at the New Media Film Festival.
RHODE ISLAND 7DAYPSA (media sponsors: ABC-6, Cox Communications, WJAR-10, The CW-28) (previous sponsors: LDI Casting, Imagine Publishing, NEActor.com)
BOSTON 7DAYPSA with our exclusive media sponsor: WCVB-TV5 and in association with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (sponsors: Rule Broadcasting, Imagine Publishing, NEActor.com, the New Media Film Festival, Slate Casting)
NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND 7DAYPSA (Maine & NH) (media sponsors: WCHS-6 and FOX 23) (previous sponsors: Portland Models & Talent, Imagine Publishing, NEActor.com)
NEWS & UPDATES
The awards evening event for the Boston 7DAYPSA competition was held at the WCVB-TV5 studios on June 1st. The Boston competition is sponsored by WCVB-TV5, Flickers, OCD Associates in association with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, with prizes sponsored by Rule Boston Camera, Imagine Magazine, New England Actor, the New Media Film Festival, Slate Casting, and more are on the way. For more information go to the Flickers website www.rifilmfest.org. We'd like to thank all the teams that entered and produced such wonderful PSAs, you're all winners.
Best Boston 7DAYPSA Award goes to Hatt On Productions for their client, Father Bill & MainSpring
2nd Place Boston 7DAYPSA goes to Weston High School for their client, Beverly Children's Learning Center
3rd Place Boston 7DayPSA goes to Four Frogs Productions for their client, Harborlight Community Partners
August: Duncan Putney, was interviewed on the RI PBS show "Double Feature" about creating the 7DAYPSA Filmmaker challenge with Andre Stark and Flickers, and the wonderful work of the filmmaker teams.
September: We are currently looking for nonprofit organizations (film festival, film collaborative, arts organization) to host one of these Emmy winning 7DAYPSA competitions. We have media and event sponsors in place to assist the host organization. Please contact us if your organization is interested in hosting the Boston 7DAYPSA, the Rhode Island 7DAYPSA, or the Northern New England 7DAYPSA (ME & NH). We're also looking to start inaugural events in Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and in other states across the country.