July 10-13, 2024 / Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Anthem Film Festival

Anthem was created as a venue for filmmakers who care about individuality and libertarian ideals. We agree with Hayek: “It is via the novel and the newspaper, the cinema, and the political speeches, and ultimately the school and common talk, that the ordinary person acquires his conceptions of history.” In short: we need to be making movies, writing novels, and singing songs. We need to be telling our stories through the common medium of entertainment. And we need to be doing it excellently.

We are also happy to announce Anthem’s new Persian Film Festival, where we showcase short and feature-length narratives sent to us by courageous, liberty-oriented filmmakers in and outside of Iran. The audience raved about this year’s films. “I had no idea Iranian Cinema was so rich and raw and deep,” said one viewer. Winners are listed under the “Films” button below.

Never a Dull Moment

Filmmakers have a blast at Anthem. We go to yoga classes in the mornings, listen to fascinating speakers during the day, watch and comment on one another’s movies, network with filmmakers and potential producers, and celebrate at our Gala Awards Banquet and dance. When your film is accepted, you will receive two tickets to FreedomFes, the Filmmakers Reception and Master Class,  and the Gala Banquet, worth over $1,500.

Attendees pack the 200-seat theater for nearly every film, and they stay for the panel discussions about the films’ topics. One of the advantages of partnering with FreedomFest is that we can enlist popular speakers such as Steve Forbes, Nick Gillespie, Spike Cohen, Li Schoolland, Tom Woods, Lana Link, Kerry McDonald, Matt and Terry Kibbe, and others to sit on our panels and talk about your film’s topic.

Films That Inform and Inspire

While most festivals tend to give short shrift to short films, at Anthem we give shorts the attention they deserve. Our attendees love spending an hour with a meaningful documentary or narrative, followed by an insightful Q&A with the filmmaker and discussion with the panelists.

Our moviegoers are serious about civil liberties, and they love a good feature or documentary. Expect insightful questions from thoughtful viewers. You might even meet the executive producer for your next film in the audience—that has happened several times at Anthem!

Our History

Anthem began in 2011 as a small festival inside a conference room on the 26th Floor at Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas. Our goal was to provide a venue for filmmakers who care about individuality and libertarian ideals. Soon our films were screening to standing-room audiences as we moved to the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood and later to the Versailles Ballroom at the Paris Resort. In fact, as many as 1,500 viewers have attended our opening night screenings, projected on three screens simultaneously. Enthusiastic Q&A’s have lasted for nearly an hour after each of those events, with red carpet interviews before the screenings and autograph opportunities afterward. We screen one film at a time, so directors do not compete with one another for audience share.

Why Anthem?

An anthem is a choral composition that stirs its hearers to action. We consider our Anthem to be a similar voice of warning, one that stirs viewers to action against tyranny and mediocrity.

Anthem is also the title of Ayn Rand’s second novel, and when it comes to pure storytelling, it is her best book. Set in a dystopian future when individual pronouns have been completely stamped out, it tells the story of a man who discovers the suppressed truth that all humans ought to be free to think and act for themselves. Written in 1937, Anthem was a precursor to such great warning voices as George Orwell’s 1984 (1948) and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953).

At a Glance