Two Activism Film Festivals Planned for 2018

Updated August 2017 – Dear Activists: InfinitePerimeter Films is planning two activism-themed film festivals in 2018. First, we are planning the second Colorado International Activism Film Festival (CIAFF), which premiered at The Bug Theater in July; the exact date/venue is TBD. Second, we are planning the first Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF), which will premiere in April, either at The Bug or perhaps another venue such as The Oriental Theater, the exact date/venue is TBD.

Elle, Sharlene, and Sarah with Filmmaker Kent Flaagan CIAFF, The Bug Theater, Denver, July 15, 2017
Elle, Sharlene, and Sarah with Filmmaker Kent Flaagan CIAFF, The Bug Theater, Denver, July 15, 2017

Our debut CIAFF received 34 submissions. From these, we selected 3 screenplays, 1 photograph & a number of films to screen and/or award. We screened some of the films and trailers in front of a live audience on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 2-10 PM.

We regret that we were unable to show all of the amazing films we received this year. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this experience with us – we are truly humbled by your talent and dedication to activist filmmaking!

At CIAFF 2017, we provided 3 awards: Best in Show: Where’s Larry? by John Surenkamp; Best Acting: Ya Albi by Christine Chen; Best Cinematography: A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher. We also provided these award winners with an envelope containing a small amount of cash from the donations we received at our live event. As CIAFF grows in popularity both internationally online and locally in our home state, Colorado, we hope to provide additional cash awards and prizes to talented activist filmmakers, musicians, photographers and writers.

With FilmFreeway, activists always retain 100% of their rights to their intellectual property. Activists can submit their screenplays, shorts, feature-length films, scripts, photos, and music projects entirely online. FilmFreeway online screeners play seamlessly, in beautiful, crystal-clear HD quality. Videos can be streamed securely in HD for review and judging purposes.

Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF) Coming up April 2018
Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF) Coming up April 2018

The first Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF) will premiere in April 2018, either at The Bug or perhaps another venue, exact date/venue TBD. According to the June 2017 Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry report, almost 84,000 Coloradans have an active Medical Marijuana registration and 651 physicians have recommended Medical Marijuana for one or more patients on the registry. The average age of the men is 43 and the average age of the women in 47.

Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. Scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, namely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Unfortunately, for many people who might benefit from using the plant, it’s still classified under Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act along with Ecstasy, LSD and Heroin.

This means, in many towns across America, it is still illegal “to use, possess, or distribute” this wondrous “miracle” plant. Therefore, while some Americans enjoy their constitutionally-protected right to access the multitude of medical and other benefits of marijuana safely and legally in the comfort of their private homes, others are jailed for the alleged “crime” of using the plant to ease the symptoms of their health maladies including mental and physical pain due to debilitating diseases such as PTSD and cancer.

Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival
Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival

Submission topics include Law & Jurisprudence, Natural Healing, Cannabis Economics, Impact on Environment, and Spirituality. Really, all perspectives on the legitimate uses of Cannabis and Hemp are welcome. You can learn about the types of films we are hoping to showcase by browsing the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films.

Cannabinoids are the chemical substances contained within cannabis that can be extracted and isolated. Both THC and CBD are two chemicals considered to be cannabinoids. THC is the chemical that causes people to feel “high,” while CBD provides pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties without the “high.”

When most people think about cannabis usage, they might picture people smoking the leaves of the plant, much like cigarette users smoke tobacco. However, there are a myriad ways to use cannabis safely besides smoking it. Some patients mix leaves into baked goods or make herbal teas and similar preparations; cannabinoids can also be ingested in the form of infusions, extracts, and pills. Since cannabinoids can be isolated, patients choose which form of cannabinoids is best for their specific medical condition.

Cannabis Grower Tends Plants in Warehouse, Denver Colorado
Cannabis Grower Tends Plants in Warehouse, Denver Colorado

In recent years, Americans have sought to legalize cannabis for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol.

The regulation and legality of Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been left up to each individual state and U.S. territory. Consequently, while many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of Cannabis legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, other states and territories still arrest and jail innocent patients and recreational users.

The FDA has approved specific cannabinoids for the treatment of side effects of cancer. Therefore, the chemical extracts CBD & THC would be considered legal, so long as they were obtained legally through approved distributors. With the federal government agreeing with researchers and patients that there are, in fact, many medicinal benefits for cancer patients, one has to wonder when the use of cannabis for medical purposes will become common across all fifty states.

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