We need your help. In these uncertain times, everyone is struggling. We are constantly being bombarded with news about the COVID-19 Pandemic and recognize just how much need there is right now. Health care workers are still short of PPE and N95 masks and tests are still hard to get.
But remember that arts non-profits are also worthy of your generosity. What is getting us through our days as those of us who are non-essential stay home? I am personally finding comfort in light-hearted mainstream movies from the 1980s and the delightful and hope inspiring social media life streams from artists and performers who are sharing their creativity with us for free every day. Art is essential in times of crisis.
And while this time has been especially difficult for erotic artists and filmmakers to share their work, due to “acceptable use guidelines” on online platforms. This is behind our inability to find a way to interact with you during this time.
How we are supporting erotic filmmakers:
We are giving submission fee waivers to impacted filmmakers
We are seeking solutions to make SECS FEST 2020 a virtual festival
We are planning to bring back the Golden Raincoat awards to show our appreciation to the filmmakers who are still willing to participate.
And to show our appreciation to you, we gathering an excellent selection of erotic films for SECS FEST 2020.
So still support the other essential non-profit organizations, but if you are able, please also support your favorite independent, non-profit, erotic film festival so that we will still be around after the crisis is over!
The curve appears to have flattened so we are optimistic that by September, SECS FEST 2020 can happen. But as we haven’t been able to hold our scheduled screenings, we need to find another avenue to raise the $1200 needed for SECS FEST 2020.
Two ways you can help us reach our $1200 fundraising goal.
The Seattle Erotic Cinema Society is participating in GiveBig 2020 on May 6.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society is not able to hold any events. As these public screenings of erotic film are our only source of income we need to turn to you to help insure our survival. Even the future of our annual film festival, SECS FEST feels uncertain as we have no way of knowing when cinemas will reopen and life will return to normal.
But despite that, we are hopeful that with community support we can survive this.
I am touched by the kind words coming from some of you during this time, trying to remind us how important public exhibitions of erotic cinema and pornography can be in allowing us to learn about the vast world of identities and interests, allowing us to feel seen and connected.
“SECS fest helps us accept people that are different than us. We become intimate with them at the deepest level when we watch their erotic films. The diversity and inclusivity at SECS fest has truly broadened my mind. Gaining the ability to watch a erotic film and say, “YES, that’s how I want it” or “Meh, that’s not my cup of tea, but I love that they had the confidence and love to share that with me, with all of us” – that to me is what this festival is all about.” – Kalee
So please remember us during these times. Early Giving started April 15. There is an option to make anonymous donations. Or donate directly to us here.