October Charity: Young Filmmakers Program.

I know we’re in a new month, but I couldn’t forget to post about the charity I donated to in October — the Young Filmmakers Program!

Admittedly, I didn’t know about this organization until the Austin Film Fest came around and I bought a ticket to the annual Food and Film event, which benefits the program.

Here’s the scoop from the website:

Dedicated to fostering creativity in the next generation of storytellers, Austin Film Festival established its comprehensive art-education program within its inaugural year. Now known as the Young Filmmakers Program, AFF provides a year-round exploration of creativity, collaboration, and storytelling to Texas students ages 9 to 18.

The Program consists of four key initiatives: the Young Filmmakers Competition, its Annual Summer Film Camp, the Festival and Conference Scholarship Program, and its signature, in-school Digital Storytelling program, which provides English and Language Arts, TEKS-aligned curriculum on the arts of screenwriting, narrative podcasting, and film production.

At Austin Film Festival, we believe all students have an important story to tell. We are committed to providing the tools and educational resources in order to support, encourage, and inspire Texas’s next generation of storytellers.

…Pretty cool, right?

As someone who’s just NOW getting involved in screenwriting, seeing programs such as this one available to kids warms my heart.

I’m really grateful that, although I am still in a weird place with employment, I can continue donating to causes I care about this year.

I haven’t decided on my November charity just yet, but I’ll certainly share here once I do 🙂

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