Poet and ActorOver this, your white gravethe flowers of life in white--so many years without you--how many have passed out ofsight?Over this your white gravecovered for years, there is a stirin the air, something upliftingand, like death, beyondcomprehension.Over this your white graveoh, mother, can such loving cease?for all his filial adorationa prayer:Give her eternal peace----"Over This, Your White Grave"
World War IIThe Nazi regime invadesPoland in 1939Karol Wojtyla’s, later John PaulII, dreams of becoming an actorare jeopardizedAll Polish expressions ofart, culture, and faith areprohibited by penalty of death.1941, Wojtyla starts theRhapsodic Theater, anunderground theater, trying tokeep the Polish culture alive .In the midst of pure evil, KarolWojtyla fights hate with artisticexpression and love.
1944:Karol Wojtyla entersthe seminary whilethe Jewish culture isbeing burned alivein his own country.
PopeJohn Paul IIHe was inauguratedas Pope on October22nd, 1978.
“In shaping a masterpiece, theartist not only summons his workinto being, but also in some wayreveals his own personality bymeans of it.” -Pope John Paul II Letter to artists, 1999
LETTER TO ARTISTSIn 1999, pope John Paul II challenged artists to respond to theworld’s need for truth, love, and peace through the use of art. “Mine is an invitation to rediscover the depth of the spiritual and religious dimension which has been typical of art in its noblest forms in every age.” John Paul II Letter to Artists, 1999
A response to John Paul II’s InvitationOUR MISSION: To organize an annual faith-basedfilm festival modeled after the views and ideals of the latePope John Paul II.OUR VISION: To make the John Paul IIInternational Film Festival™ an internationally-known eventin the film industry that will inspire as well as cultivate faith-based filmmakers to dedicate their craft and talent to shed lightto the mystery of God’s Love and the meaning of ourhumanity.
Why Miami?• Miami’s charm, weather, beauty, fashion, ethnicity, culture, beaches, and sunshine are a natural draw for actors, directors, producers, and the international film community.
Festival 2009 Demographics“Faith through the Storm”
Film Themes• Freedom Service/Missionaries• Proper reverence for Abortion the dead Psychological illness• Jewish Holocaust Faith/Love/Devotion Conversion• Social acceptance Religious oppression• Religious visionaries War• Preservation of life Trust in God• Poverty Marriage• Physical Disabilities Many others…
The 2009 Facts• Put together in 9 months• Over 30 films screened• Filmmakers in attendance• Celebrities in attendance• Over 20 sponsors Opening Night Reception with• Sold out screenings Writer/Director Tim Chambers of The “Mighty Macs”, JP2IFF Reel Rose Award winner for Best Picture• Inter-faith turnout• Opening and closing Gala
Press Coverage• Over two dozen articles written internationally• Televised interviews on EWTN, Catholic TV, and WLRN-en espanol• On air interviews with Radio Paz Miami• Miami Herald, El Sentinel, and Chicago Tribune articles
Age/Religion Demographic for 2009 Event605040 55 and older30 35-54yrs20 25-34yrs10 15 and under 15-21yrs 0 25-34yrs 15 and under 55 and older
Plans for 2011• Theme: “The Mystery of Love”• Date: February 17th-26th,2011• Talks: JP2’s Theology of the Body w/ Christopher West• Seminar: Jim Caviezel, Eduardo Verastegui, Immaculee Ilibagiza• Trust Fund for Filmmakers• Marketed to more faiths• Student films screening
The Festival’s Needs• Funding – Sponsors, Grants, Donors• How it will build the festival: – Employment – Talks/Seminars – Broaden marketing to more faiths – Web Design/Media – Merchandise – Promotional Material
Sponsorship Opportunities• May choose to present a filmor event, i.e. a seminar or talk• Logo Displayed: – JP2IFF Website w/ link to site – Banners – Programs – Other promotional material, such as T-shirts.