TCC Receives Excellence in Filmmaking Award


November 1, 2021 (NEW YORK, NY) – The Creative Coalition is the recipient of the 2021 Independent Filmmaker Day Excellence in Filmmaking Award for the organization’s Spotlight Initiative, a multi-platform project that showcases the efficacy of the arts in bringing social welfare issues to the forefront of the national agenda. The Award was presented at a virtual event that included a moderated panel with winners of this year’s Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Short Film Competition, The Untold Story of Obesity in America. The event featured a panel moderated by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, with the Competition winners – Emmy Award-nominated Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Greg DePaul (Bride Wars), and Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Gallo (“Sesame Street”).


“Independent film has the enormous power to shape new narratives that create change,” said The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk. “We are honored to be recognized for our work in helping to foster these inspiring stories to increase understanding for a disease that affects four out of 10 Americans.”

The Short Film Competition Spotlighting the Untold Story of Obesity in America is part of The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative, a prestigious program in the independent film arena. For over a decade, The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Honors have been bestowed during the Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals. Honorees include Nicholas Cage, Uzo Aduba, Alan Arkin, Ellen Barkin, Kathy Bates, Jennifer Connelly, Lee Daniels, Jonathan Demme, Roland Emmerich, Vera Farmiga, Josh Gad, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Taylor Hackford, Dustin Hoffman, Imogen Poots, Jeremy Irons, Anna Kendrick, Barbara Kopple, Barry Levinson, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Demi Moore, Tracy Morgan, Julia Ormond, Sean Penn, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Tucci, and Shailene Woodley, among others.

Independent Filmmaker Day brings together a network of directors, producers, actors, and creators involved in film with approximately 550K followers in the entertainment industry and beyond. This annual event assists creators from around the world in developing new projects, connecting within the industry, and championing collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages. Past participants in Independent Filmmaker Day include Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Mr. Holland’s Opus), Emmy Award-winner Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”), Emmy Award-winner Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Grammy Award-winner Ice-T (“Law & Order: SVU”), and Actor Catherine Curtin (“Orange Is the New Black,” “Stranger Things”), among others.


The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Winning short films from this year’s Untold Story Competition are currently being submitted to film festivals. The competition is made possible through gracious support of Novo Nordisk Inc. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president.

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