Anthem began in 2011 as a small festival inside a conference room on the 26th Floor at Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas. Our goal was to provide a venue for filmmakers who care about individuality and libertarian ideals. Soon our films were screening to standing-room audiences as we moved to the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood and later to the Versailles Ballroom at the Paris Resort. In fact, as many as 1,500 viewers have attended our opening night screenings, projected on three screens simultaneously. Enthusiastic Q & A lasted for nearly an hour after each of those events, with red carpet interviews before the screenings and autograph opportunities afterward.
Now celebrating our tenth anniversary, we are moving to the historic Elks Theater in Rapid City, South Dakota, home of Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood City, and Badlands National Park. We screen one film at a time, so directors do not compete with one another for audience share.