2012 Sponsors

If you would like to help support the Free Minds Film Festival, go here for details.

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Young Americans for Liberty

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America's college campuses. With more than 300 chapters and 26,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.

This is not a new beginning but a continuation of a youth movement already brewing in this country. Our objective is to facilitate its success. 

Students For Liberty is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty.

Students For Liberty provides an abundance of activities, programs and resources to support students interested in liberty. SFL’s efforts can be broken down into 3 general categories:

1) Training
SFL is a leader in the field of student group resources by providing consulting services targeted directly towards student groups to help groups form and run more efficiently. This includes publications on how to effectively run student groups such as our How to Start a Student Organization for Liberty guide, as well as one-on-one support where SFL leaders tackle specific problems that student organizations send to us.

2) Networking
SFL networks students interested in liberty with three groups: students, leaders, and organizations. SFL connects students dedicated to liberty with other students to strengthen their support for one another and show students that they are not alone. SFL provides opportunities for students to meet leaders in the cause of liberty today at our many conferences and through our alumni outreach. Lastly, SFL seeks to expose students interested in liberty to the many organizations that exist to promote liberty to students. Our hope is that by strengthening these networks, students will become more enthusiastic about liberty and be better equipped to promote liberty on campus.

3) Resources
SFL provides independent resources to promote liberty and empower students to be leaders of liberty. These include an academic journalfree books for reading groups, e-leadership webinarsprotest grants, and many more resources that are coming out soon.

To learn more about Students For Liberty, check out their Annual Reports.

Approval Voting is letting the voter vote for more than one candidate; remove the vote-for-only-one restriction. If you’re in an “Any body but…” frame of mind, then Approval Voting would let you vote for everyone except that one candidate that you dislike.

Conventionally, having a single precious vote, you cannot afford to waste it on an un-electable candidate and you are forced to face the dilemma of voting for the lesser of two evils rather than a candidate you prefer. Approval Voting rectifies this dilemma.

For major parties there will be fewer spoilers and less sabotage. Minor parties may have more visibility and viability. The voter will be able to express himself with more pragmatic honesty, and candidates will have better feedback from the election.

As part of a Free Minds Film Festival I hope you will free your own mind from restricting the voter to only being able to cast one vote. Also, advocate for enabling legislation for political entities to use Approval Voting.

More information is also available here.  

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. FEE’s mission is to offer the most consistent case for the “first principles” of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion.

For decades these ideals have been ignored to an alarming degree. Despite the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Empire, too many Americans do not seem to appreciate the very concept upon which the Founding Fathers established the American Republic.

Our vital task is to counter this trend. To help people rediscover how essential freedom is to human existence and to demonstrate how dangerous it is to move toward any form of collectivism, FEE offers a comprehensive educational program to all students of liberty.

Founded in 2005 by human rights advocate Thor Halvorssen, the Moving Picture Institute is unlike any other foundation dedicated to promoting the ideal of liberty. At MPI, we believe that film, more effectively than any other medium, can bring the idea of freedom to life. In keeping with that belief, we are working to ensure that film becomes a center of genuinely democratic art in the coming years. Our goal is to guarantee that film's unique capacity to give shape to abstract principles—to make them move and breathe—is used to support and promote liberty. Toward that end, we fund films from development through post-production, support up-and-coming filmmakers, and serve as a high-level intern placement service.

Historically, the film industry has been largely unconcerned with developing a distinctive and nuanced portrait of deep-seated American values such as free speech, freedom of association, and the free-enterprise system. Such values have been defined and defended almost exclusively in print and through oral argument. But as visual media become increasingly prevalent in our culture, and becomes the dominant channel through which younger people absorb ideas, Americans are depending more heavily upon movies for philosophical, moral, and social guidance. If the ideal of freedom is to endure—if it is to maintain its vitality and relevance in our society—it must find its way into film, our most vital, relevant, and far-reaching art form. America needs a filmography of freedom, and MPI exists to meet that need.

To date, MPI has helped develop, fund, produce, or promote a wide range of films dealing with topics as diverse as Eastern European nations' revolutions against totalitarianism, the threats posed to American free speech by "libel tourism" in British courts, corruption and graft in public school systems, reform of the labyrinthine U.S. tax code, single-payer vs. free-market healthcare, post-Kelo eminent domain abuse, and the failure of the United Nations to carry out its peacekeeping missions. Read More.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.

Although those who speak publicly for LEAP are people from the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, a large number of our supporting members do not have such experience. You don’t have to have law enforcement experience to join us.

By continuing to fight the so-called “War on Drugs,” the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical, and more effective public policy.

Please consider joining us and helping us to achieve our goals: 1) to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current policies, and 2) to restore the public’s respect for police, which has been greatly diminished by law enforcement’s involvement in enforcing drug prohibition.
Liberty on the Rocks

Liberty on the Rocks is a libertarian, social and educational organization committed to increasing the size and effectiveness of the free market movement.

Through its local networks and events, liberty enthusiasts across the country are connected with leaders in the movement, free market organizations, research and information, opportunities for involvement, and other advocates in their community; helping citizens and activists increase their understanding, build their network, and find where they fit in the movement.

Americansfor Prosperity- Colorado

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. The grassroots activists of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint. To that end, AFP supports:

Cutting taxes and government spending in order to halt the encroachment of government in the economic lives of citizens by fighting proposed tax increases and pointing out evidence of waste, fraud, and abuse.

  • Tax and Expenditure Limitations to promote fiscal responsibility.
  • Removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship and opportunity by sparking citizen involvement in the regulatory process early on in order to reduce red tape.
  • Restoring fairness to our judicial system.