The Louisville Film Arts Institute, Inc., (LFAII) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting the arts in Kentucky since 2008. To help facilitate the foundation’s goals, we created the Louisville International Festival of Film (LIFF) as a sustainable annual film festival located in Louisville, KY. We have partnered with Governor and First Lady Beshear, on a variety of year round initiatives, which will be funded by the festival’s proceeds, to expand educational and economic opportunities in Louisville and around the Commonwealth. A key goal of LFAII is to underwrite film magnets at Kentucky public high schools. The programs offer teachers a unique and proven technique for engaging students in the classroom and making learning fun. Furthermore, by gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of filmmaking – from lighting, sound, and editing to writing, directing, and performing – they will acquire important and practical skills, including verbal and written communication, time management, budgeting, and creativity. The second educational component funded by the festival are scholarships for students to pursue advanced film studies and experiences. In 2012 three JCPS and their chaperone were provided a scholarship to go to Hollywood, California and participate in a film both on and off camera. They were able to film their experience and create a documentary about it. Over the years LFAII has donated tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of film equipment and programs to the public school system.
In conjunction, the two enterprises will afford Kentucky students the opportunities and tools to pursue film at a young age and reach professional status without ever leaving the Commonwealth. The advantage for students will be matched only by the long-term benefit of Kentucky. With our rich and diverse landscapes, coupled with a tradition of artistic talent – from D.W. Griffith to Johnny Depp, Ashley Judd, George Clooney, Ned Beatty, Jennifer Lawrence and countless others – Kentucky has the potential to draw major economic investment in film production. By developing educational opportunities, we build the workforce and infrastructure to bring the movie industry to Kentucky as well as the financial boom that comes with it. The world of film has presented this community and Commonwealth with some incredible opportunities, and LFAII looks forward to working with all of you to seize those opportunities and help Louisville and all of Kentucky thrive into the foreseeable future.