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The Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival has filed for 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status.

The Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival is run by Hammad Zaidi, a disabled creative enteprenuer and Jonathan Nadeau, a blind technologist. That’s right; a disabled guy and a blind guy curate this festival. Hammad became disabled from a head injury as an infant, and 24-years later, Jonathan went blind in a freakish car accident. So, Hammad and Jonathan just don’t promote inclusiveness, they live it. They cherish independent voices and stories aching to be told, so your donation will go a long way toward giving a voice to the often-times voiceless.  Your generous contribution will help Hammad and Jonathan’s ability to create programs, curate and support all filmmakers, with special care given to Women, disabled, minority and  LBGTQIA filmmakers, writers and musicians.

Here are some sponsorship levels to consider. A more corporate level of sponsorships is detailed on our “Sponsorship Opportunities” page on our main menu. Of course, the donation levels below are just general guidelines. We deeply appreciate any donation you may be able to provide, big or small. Everything helps and we thank you kindly for your support.

 

 

 

 

 


Gold Sponsor – $10,000

Gold Sponsors will be mentioned on social media accounts and press releases. 6 Festival Passes will be given to our festival, as well as premiere access to all parties, special events, and screenings during our festival. Gold Sponsors will also be given 6 invites to any event our festival holds throughout the year of sponsorship, as well as early access to tickets and passes for our 2020 festival.  They will also receive opt-in festival updates throughout the year, early access to tickets and passes for any festival events throughout the year of their membership. A digital copy and 6 DVD copies of our Traveling Film Festival, and 6 festival hats and 6 festival t-shirts will also be included.


Silver Sponsor – $5,000

Silver Sponsors will receive mentions on social media, 4 Festival Passes,  access to all parties, special events and screenings during our festival. They will also receive opt-in festival updates throughout the year, early access to tickets and passes for our 2020 festival and any festival events throughout the year of their membership. A digital copy and 10 DVD copies of our Traveling Film Festival, and 4 festival hats and 4 festival t-shirts will also be included.

 

Bronze Sponsor – $2,500

Bronze Sponsors will receive social media mentions, 2 Festival Passes,  as well as access to all parties, special events and screenings during our festival. They will also receive opt-in festival updates throughout the year, early access to tickets and passes for any festival events throughout the year of their membership, as well as early access to tickets and passes for our 2020 festival.  A digital copy and 4 DVD copies of our Traveling Film Festival, and 2 festival hats and 4 festival t-shirts will also be included.

 

Festival Friends – $1,000

Festival Friends will receive  2 Festival Passes,  as well as access to all parties, special events and screenings during our festival. They will also receive opt-in festival updates throughout the year, early access to tickets and passes for any festival events throughout the year of their membership, as well as early access to tickets and passes for our 2020 festival. A digital copy and 2 DVD copies of our Traveling Film Festival, and 2 festival hats and 2 festival t-shirts will also be included.

And just in case you’re wondering, here’s some more information on us!

Hammad and Jonathan have engaged in national and global charitable causes for 45 years.

Hammad Zaidi began his history of service as a door-to-door fundraiser for the MDA Labor Day Weekend Telethon as a child in Overland Park, Kansas in 1975. After serving “Jerry’s Kids” for years, Zaidi volunteered at programs for at-risk children and was involved in fundraisers for Women’s Shelters during college. After earning his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film in 1994, Hammad served as a professor, lecturer, and symposium panelist at numerous universities, including UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, San Diego State, Kansas, UMKC, Avila, and The Watkins School of Art and Design in Nashville. He has also donated to his alma mater UCLA for over 25 years.

Hammad has judged, sponsored, been a world cinema screener, filmmaker advisor, program curator, panelist, seminar host, and or advisory board member  at several film festivals since 1997. These include, but are not limited to Sundance SXSW, Slamdance, and Flickerfest.

Zaidi is a mentor for the LEAP Foundation, which instills leadership skills to 1,000 high school and college students from 40 countries.

 

In 2002, Hammad wrote, directed and produced, Champions of Hope, a September 11th related Public Service Announcement made on the one-year anniversary. Thanks to endorsements from The White House, Verizon, Disney and Regal Cinemas, Champions of Hope was released in over 5,000 theaters across the United States. The PSA also aired on major television network and played in major sports arenas. As a result, 650,000-1,000,000 children engaged in community service across the country, making Champions of Hope the single largest single charitable mobilization of youth in the history of the United States.

 

In 2004, Hammad created Ogre Achiever, a Shrek-based National Billboard Campaign designed to encourage children to achieve, and Generosity, a television PSA, which won him a Telly Award in 2007.

Hammad created “Script Accessible,” a screenwriting contest for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who wrote about disabled lead characters. “Script Accessible” was housed at Slamdance in conjunction with the WGA-West. The 2010 “Script Accessible” winner, “All the Wrong Reasons,” won the Discovery Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2018, our first year, The Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival welcomed 54 films and 22 screenplays from 15 countries to the Regent Theatre, a 103+ year-old classic cinema house in Arlington (Boston), MA. In 2019, we are welcoming 54 films, 77 screenplays, 11 music videos and four songs from 18 countries, making our mission “from local to global.”

2020 brings us “Film Accessible,” a category for filmmakers with disabilities, and or non-disabled filmmakers who create films with disabled lead characters. Our goal is to promote more positive ion-screen images of people with disabilities.

 

Thanks to generous donations, all “Script Accessible” and “Film Accessible” submissions enyoy a 50% discount in submission fees. 

Jonathan Nadeau is the principal of Nadeau Media, which produced several open-source Linux-based conferences at Harvard. He has also developed software specific for disabled persons. In addition, Jonathan  is the Co-Founder of Hourglass24, and a host of multiple podcasts, including “Crowdfunding Cast,”  He is also the CTO  of Lonely Seal Releasing and The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival.

Thank you kindly for considering us as a worthy place to donate and we thank you for helping us make the world a better place.