EQUUS Film & Arts Fest “Virtual” and Live Event 2021 Celebrating our 9th Season!

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest will stay “Virtual” in 2021 with a “Live” Winnie Awards Event on Sunday November 14, 2021, available on EQUUS TV. The fest will go back to its roots nine years ago in St Charles, Illinois for interviews with filmmakers, authors and artist and a visit to the Arcada Theater, with an interview with Ron Onesti, where it all started in 2013.

For the “Live” portion of the fest we will be hosting interviews with EQUUS Film & Arts Fest alumni. The weekend events will be hosted in the beautiful Equestrian Events Stables event and party venue located in Maple Park, Illinois. The Winnie Awards will stream on Sunday November 14, 2021, after 7:30 pm EST on EQUUS TV, available to viewers around the world for free on all your devices and Smart TV’s.

The EQUUS Team of Diana De Rosa (Press Link) just back from the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Equitana, Julianne Neal (JA Media) back from filming the first part of the Mustang Discovery Ride through Delaware and Maryland, and Lisa Mae DeMasi, EQUUS journalist, will be joined by EQUUS TV, CEO, John Barlett and Jacqueline Taylor, EQUUS TV video journalist. All will join Founder/Director Lisa Diersen in St Charles for the “Live” part of the fest.

EQUUS Film & Arts fest is proud to host the new documentary from Executive Producer, Robert Redford, “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses”. On the schedule will be a tribute to Bernice Ende, the Lady Long Rider, who passed away earlier this fall, and a screening of her documentary from filmmaker, Wren Winfield. “Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait”, from filmmakers Bud Force and John Langmore, brought to you by Creative Producer, Felicitas Funke. “The Fall” from UK based filmmaker, Nathan Horrocks, tells the story of one Steeplechase jockeys’ journey back from a life changing fall, addressing mental health issues in racing. Horses from Iceland to healing horses in Texas will all gallop into the fest this November.

Even in a year with so many different venues closed, the filmmakers were able to produce amazing documentaries and feature films! We will be screening over 40 film submissions, 50 plus, EQUUS Literary Corral entries, and some exciting new podcast entries. The return of the EQUUS Art & Photography contest has beautiful entries from around the world! We are looking forward to sharing the content world-wide November 12 – 21, 2021 on the Film Festival Flix Platform, with our partner, Benjamin Oberman, in L.A. Tickets will be available November 1, 2021.

There will be a documentary showing the highlights of the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest journey 2013 to 2021, with interviews and special guest, streaming on EQUUS TV, Thanksgiving weekend, available to viewers around the world for free on all your devices and Smart TV’s.

Looking forward to kicking off our 10th season in Ocala, Florida November 2022!

 The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. Every horse has a story, it’s our mission at the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest to share those stories, through film, art and literature.

 Save the dates! EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 will take place both “Virtually” and “Live” November 12 – 21, 2021. With a Special “Thanksgiving” Weekend event. More info coming soon.

 Visit our website at www.equusfilmfestival.net and like us on FaceBook and Twitter.

 The Mustang Discovery Ride will take us on a journey across the United States, coast to coast, on American Mustangs. Riders, Hannah Catalino and Lisanne Fear, will cover 12 states taking 12 months, with the assistance of their support crew. Starting in Delaware in September and ending their journey on the California coast next year. Both girls are trainers who have taken part in the MHF Trainer Incentive Program (TIP). Hannah travels the world as a Mustang Ambassador and trainer doing “Wild Horse Workshops” & Liberty Training Clinics.

 Mustang Discovery Ride presents unique Sponsorship opportunities for interested parties. Please reach out to Mustang Discovery Foundation Executive Director, Lisa Diersen at lisa@equusfilmfestival.net or call 630-272-3077 for more information and to find out how you can become involved in this amazing cross-country adventure.

 EQUUS Film Fest will provide home based support and management. J A Media Productions, Julianne Neal, will assist the team on the development of the documentary, podcast and docu-series.

The Mustang Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a wild ride across America to inspire adoptions of living legends. We are working to help people discover how truly incredible these wild horses are, trekking with our favorite companions, 5,000 miles across America to inspire the adoption of 5,000 mustangs. For Sponsorship and Fundraising info please contact lisa@equusfilmfestival.net


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 JA Media Productions is a boutique creative studio in South Carolina, specializing in podcast production, documentary shorts and content creation. Services include creative direction, social media, remote content creation and production. For more information, please contact Julianne Neal at jamediaconnections@gmail.com.

 The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating successful placements of America’s excess wild horses and burros through innovative programs, events, and education.

CONTACT: Lisa Diersen 630-272-3077


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