financial sponsorship

Dear Interested Company:

The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language Club proudly announces its 12th Annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, to be held April 24-26, 2014. This student-organized event is the longest standing and only annual Deaf film festival in the world to showcase the newest and innovative films by Deaf filmmakers. Our mission is simple: Provide a platform for people to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate Deaf Culture, issues and art. Most of the films featured in the film festival are written, produced, created, and performed by Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and film production companies.

The 12th Annual Maine Deaf Film Festival will boast a collection of the best new Deaf films from independent filmmakers, as well as world premieres. Last year, we were proud to be collaborating with SPACE Gallery to screen a film. We plan to collaborate with a mainstream film theatre to showcase Arthur Luhn’s House Across the Street (, which is already receiving critical acclaim. We have been showcasing his films since the very first film festival in 2003. International Deaf films always had been an important element in our film festival. We have had a long-standing relationship with British Deaf filmmakers and we look forward to receiving new humorous and touching films from this talented pool of Deaf filmmakers.

This ambitious event is only possible through the work and dedication of countless volunteers, students, and some financial support from student activities funds. However, much of the vital additional support comes from community organizations and businesses that serve, support and value the Deaf and USM communities. Can we count on you again this year?

Any and all levels of support are greatly appreciated. However, we have established the following Sponsorship Levels for your consideration:

Platinum Sponsor: $1,000.00
Platinum Sponsors will receive recognition and have the company logo placed prominently in the Film Festival program and posters, verbal announcement of the company’s sponsorship during the Reception introduction, four (4) full-day complimentary tickets to the Maine Deaf Film Festival, and free exhibit booth in the festival area.

Golden Globe: $500.00
Golden Globe Sponsors will have its company logo published in the Film Festival program and posters, and two (2) full-day complimentary tickets to the Maine Deaf Film Festival.

Silver Screen: $250.00
Silver Screen Sponsors will receive recognition in the film festival program and two (2) half-day complimentary tickets to the Maine Deaf Film Festival.

Bronze Curtain: $150.00
Bronze Curtain Sponsors will receive recognition in the Maine Deaf Film Festival program.

For Platinum and Golden Globe Sponsors, please email a JPEG or TIFF file of your company logo to: KELLY.A.FITZGERALD@MAINE.EDU

On behalf of the USM ASL Club and its Deaf Film Festival Committee, I thank you for your consideration and your generous support. I look forward to your response.

Best regards,
Kelly Fitzgerald
Dept. Administrative Specialist
USM ASL Club Treasurer
Deaf Film Festival committee member since 2008

Please submit check payable to USM ASL Club to:
Kelly Fitzgerald
USM Linguistics Department
65 Exeter Street
Portland, ME 04104

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Please consider joining us in making this event another banner year. We cannot do this without the generous support of our financial sponsors. If you can make a contribution, please send the following by our deadline of March 28, 2014.

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