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Plan International USA & Hollywood Film Festival Join Forces to Empower Girls & Female Filmmakers

LOS ANGELES - In support of the United Nation’s declaration of today, October 11th, as International Day of the Girl, the Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) is privileged to introduce its partnership with Plan International USA (Plan) as one of the Festival’s new global relationships dedicated to focusing the resources of Hollywood on advancing issues of gender equity and parity in Hollywood along with the empowerment and equality of women and girls around the world.

“Plan’s mission is to promote the rights and interests of the world's children, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable. Girls continue to be the most excluded group in the world, often denied their right to equal opportunity and engagement in society,” says Tessie San Martin, President and CEO of Plan International USA. San Martin noted that art in general and the film medium in particular are among the most effective means of conveying to the world the importance of investing in girls and what societies lose when they do not recognize equal rights for girls. “We believe that the Plan Federation’s global network of more than 70 program and national offices will extend the artistic reach and social impact of the inspiring independent films and filmmakers represented by the Hollywood Film Festival.”

In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the HFF is inviting the Hollywood community to participate in its six-month schedule of public input and industry awareness events beginning with a Virtual Gender Conversation on November 15th, preceding the 2016 Hollywood Film Festival on December 2nd and 3rd, and a spring social impact screening series ending with the Festival’s new permanent home running from March 29th to April 2nd, 2017. The 2017 Festival will feature the inaugural Social Impact Table on Gender, with Plan leading the conversation between prominent women from the film industry and impact partners from the business, entertainment, finance, education, government, and community development sectors.

“We have invited thought leaders from around the world to pull up a chair and join the conversation around our Hollywood Gender Impact Table to help engage the creativity and imagination of our filmmakers and better focus the significant storytelling power of the entertainment industry on issues critical to the advancement of our global community and collective humanity," says Brad Parks, CEO of the Festival. When convened, the Gender Impact Table participants will discuss how to effectively utilize collective partner assets to help filmmakers, cultural content creators, and social impact storyteller’s better leverage the power of Hollywood to make a meaningful and measurable impact on the advancement of women and girls everywhere. "Through participating in the Gender Impact Table, we hope to encourage other organizations to join us in the development of on-the-ground programming around these impactful films that will powerfully affect the lives of our constituents in the communities we serve worldwide," San Martin says.

About the Hollywood Film Festival

Now in its 20th year, the Hollywood Film Festival celebrates today’s most inspiring independent films while introducing the world’s most exceptional emerging artists to the vast resources of the Hollywood community.

About Plan International USA

Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation. Plan is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time.


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