The Artivist Film Festival & Awards was an international film festival and awards ceremony dedicated to recognizing activist efforts of filmmakers, specifically in the areas of human rights, child advocacy, environmental preservation, and animal rights. It ran between the years of 2004- 2011 (with the first festival being held at at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater) and was a popular annual festival that attracted a huge number of stars, attendees and entrants.
It was produced by Artivist Collective, a nonprofit organization founded in August 2003 by Diaky Diaz, Bettina Wolff, and Christopher Riedesel.
The festival was intended to coincide with Earth Day, when the 2nd Annual Artivist Film Festival began on April 20, 2005, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn declared the day “Artivist Day”, and among the festival’s 2005 honorees were James Cromwell and Mira Sorvino.
The third annual festival was held in Los Angeles on November 9, 2006, and premiered the film Fast Food Nation. Festival honorees included Joaquin Phoenix, Daryl Hannah, and Matthew McConaughey – some major stars were attending this festival!
Although the festival hasn’t run for a number of years now, it had a huge impact and we’d love to see it return one day!