Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
Non-Profit: Salem Community Arts Center, Inc/Salem Film Fest – Salem
Learn more: salemfilmfest.com
Mission: The Salem Community Arts Center was originally founded with the purpose of purchasing St. Mary Italian Church of Salem and converting it into an arts and performance Center. Our funding drive fell short but we have since taken on the annual presentation of Salem Film Fest at various locations on the North Shore. The Fest, now in its 13th year, is the largest presentation of international documentaries in New England. It is largely volunteer run (with some small remunerations for key Organizers) and brings some of the newest and most original independent documentary films to our area from around the world. It also allows opportunities for various local nonprofits and individual artists to find new audiences that are interested in arts and issues. We present live music with local performers before our films; have showcases for local high school and college filmmakers and a film pitch session with prizes for Massachusetts based professional filmmakers. The Salem Sketches series of shorts are made by local filmmakers. Our films span the world and spotlight the stories of peoples and cultures in a way that shows the bond between us all. Many of these films focus on the issues of the vulnerable and disadvantage and our Community Partner program was created as a way to interact with local groups who have missions and programs that align with the subjects of our films. We give these groups the opportunity to connect with our audience, talk about what they do and encourage people to act locally on the global issues in our films. On an individual artist level, Salem Film Fest has a unique operating model in that we have never charged submission fees to any of our filmmakers AND we have paid screening fees to every filmmaker whose work we have shown. We also provide accommodations and many travel fees for visiting filmmakers. Most festival find much of their funding from submission fess and do not pay filmmakers anything to screen their work. Salem Film Fest prioritizes our film artists in both the presentation of their work and the respect we show them in the way they are treated.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation