Anthem is the only film festival in the country devoted to promoting libertarian
ideals. In five short years we have grown from a small festival with a few
dozen attendees to a well respected festival with hundreds of attendees. In
fact, two of last year’s featured films screened in front of an audience of
over 1,000 people!
John Stossel introduces the screening of “Atlas
Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?"
Is Anthem the right fit for you? It is if you are creating films and documentaries
that celebrate self-reliance, innovation, commerce, individual rights, and
the power of persuasion over force. We are looking for the year's best films
about personal and civil liberty. Libertarian films often criticize the unintended
consequences of government intervention, but government intrusion is not our
only theme. We are just as likely to select films that highlight a character’s
personal struggle for self-expression or ability to knock down obstacles.
Libertarian heroes are non-conformists. They follow their own paths. When
something goes wrong, they fix it themselves. When something goes right, they
give credit where it is due. Libertarian films show us how to make the world
a better place, simply by making our own lives better.
Filmmakers often screen to standing-room-only audiences at Anthem, because
Anthem is part of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.”
With over 2,500 attendees and 200 speakers on topics including politics, economics,
history, science, health, art, education and literature, FreedomFest provides
a ready audience of eager viewers for Anthem’s filmmakers.
FreedomFest producer Mark Skousen is already amassing an impressive lineup
of intellectual “Dream Teams” to explore this year’s theme, "Can We Restore
the American Dream?" What does “the American Dream” mean to you? Is it lost?
Can it be found? Should it be replaced? And have you made a film about it?
FreedomFest Theme Video
Our comfortable 250-seat theater was often overflowing at last year's festival.
Our media coverage is growing too. If you care about liberty, this is the
festival for you.
Anthem 2015, July 8-11, in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las
What are filmmakers saying about Anthem?
is rare to find a festival with such strong commitment to important messaging.
We were honored to have our work included."Courtney Balaker, director,
a libertarian filmmaker comes with its own set of complications, particularly
concerning reception. Anthem provides more than just a showcase for
niche films...it's an outlet for like-minded individuals to network
in an industry that is generally dominated by hostile kingmakers."—Sean
Buttimer, director, Threnody
and The Pilgrim
of the people who run traditional film festivals seem to be ideologically
hostile to the concepts of free markets, capitalism and individual
liberty, even though it's those very principles which have given
our country the wealth to afford creative pursuits such as filmmaking.
Fortunately, those biases against free enterprise do not exist at
the Anthem Film Festival -- one reason it's become such a successful
event in just a few short years."Bob Bowdon, director
and grand prize winner, The Cartel
was quite an amazing experience. An old left-wing hippie like me had never
been around so many conservatives/Republicans/Tea Partiers in my life. Of
course everyone was exceedingly charming and helpful. And everything was
very well organized and efficient (something we hippies can't boast)."Len
Richmond, director, What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?
See you at the movies Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, July 8-11, 2015.