637 Lakeshore Dr
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 637 Lakeshore Dr
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 266-6073
Contact Name Annette Mayer
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Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
One World Films is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1998 to establish an annual film festival in Lexington, KY.
The mission of One World Films is to increase awareness of issues--particularly those of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender--that challenge the increasingly diverse population of Lexington and the Bluegrass area.  Film, lecture, and interactive discussion are used to explore issues, promote thought about solutions, and increase understanding.  We also showcase and encourage the work of local filmmakers who address these critical issues.  We successfully bring various sectors of our community together to get to know more about each other through film.
Our board members are all volunteers and the film festival relies on the generosity of local businesses, community groups and individuals.  The names of all sponsors appear in our annual mailing, on posters, and in the programs handed out at each film.
All festival screenings are free and open to the public.
Background Statement

During the past 13 years the One World Films has shown over 80 films to almost 10,000 festival attendees.  Our films are shown at a variety of venues that have included the historic Kentucky Theater, the Lexington Public Library Theater, the University of Kentucky, and Transylvania University.  We follow some screenings with discussions about the issues brought up in the films.  Festival highlights have included film participants and directors discussing their work with audiences and panelists who are experts on the issues raised in the films.  Numerous community organizations, like the Japan-American Society of Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, participate in the film showings with receptions and panel discussions.  And since 2009 OWF has sponsored a film each year as part of the official Martin Luther King Day celebrations for the city of Lexington.  We look forward to continuing our education and involvement in the community via film.

Impact Statement

While One World Films has been in operation since 1998, over the past several years we have increased attendance at each film showing as well as increased the number of films.  With the participation of more civic and social organization, such as the Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society and the Sustainable Communities Network, we have brought different segments of the community together.  In turn this has helped to broaden our community's awareness of the growing cultural diversity of Lexington.


One World Films (OWF) exceeded its goal for 2011 to reach new audiences. Average attendance at each of the 10 films was 240. In addition to OWF's festival in February and March, we also sponsored the filmSoundtrack for a Revolutionon Martin Luther King Day in January, that was attended by more than 650 individuals.In the coming year we are looking forward to helping more organizations in the planning of their programs and sponsoring films that speak to their missions. 

We also hope to reach more people in the community who have not yet attended our screenings, especially teens and young adults. Not only are they an integral part of the community, but when they broaden their own minds and understanding of our region and of the world they in turn can help promote understanding in their families and friends.


When people attend our films, we hope not only to promote the understanding and acceptance of other cultures and customs, but to demonstrate the non-threatening nature of those cultures.  We show films that explore and engage in cultures from around the nation and the world in order to help promote a deeper understanding of the cultures and customs that people in our own community practice.


In the next year, our main goal is to procure screening rights to films that are relevant to our diverse community and heighten awareness of social, cultural, and community issues.

Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
We screen our films in Fayette County, but invite and encourage participants and attendees from all over the state and region.
Board Chair
Board Chair Annette Mayer
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Members
Mrs. Philis Alvic Artist and WriterVoting
Ms. Mary Crone Community ActivistVoting
Mr. Dominic Eardley Multimedia ProducerVoting
Ms. Cynthia Higgs Legal AdvisorVoting
Ms. Mim King Professional Organizer and Daily Money ManagerVoting
Mrs. Annette Mayer RetiredVoting
Ms. Diana Rast Administrative Officer, Gaton College, UKVoting
Mr. John Robinson Media ConsultantVoting
Mr. Gary Schroeder Professional Staff Member, College of Education, UKVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Strom AdministratorVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
CEO Comments

We have a small board of ten members, but often consult with and invite advice from members of the community and community organizations.  When screening a film that speaks to a specific demographic we often talk to members of that community and invite organizations related to that culture to our screenings.  For example, when we screened our Martin Luther King film in 2010, we invited a couple of members of the MLK/UK committee to a private screening for their input and advice before our public screening.


CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Annette Mayer
Term Start July 1998
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 11
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Description An organization showing documentaries, feature films and speakers chosen to stimulate discussion, explore ideas, and increase understanding of issues of race, gender, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  We strive to bring various sectors of our community together to learn about each other through film.
Budget 7500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program Short Term Success Our more immediate goal is to open the minds of our attendees to other cultures and get them thinking about others in their community.  We try to promote an understanding of other cultures and customs each time we screen a film.
Program Long term Success Our long-term goal is the integration of the community and a more welcoming community overall.  We would like to see a Lexington and a Kentucky free from racism, sexism, and elitism.  This goal can be tracked through the use of the national census and polls.
Program Success Monitored By Our success in measured in the number and satisfaction of film attendees.  We estimate the number of people who attend each film and as they exit the theater we welcome comments from them.  Even those that may not like a film will hopefully think about it and reflect on it.
Examples of Program Success Instead of statistics and numbers, we look for feedback and comments from our attendees.  We consider a screening and festival a success if our screenings were well attended and those people expressed their appreciation for the film being shown in Lexington.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $5,600.00
Projected Expenses $5,230.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$325$850$0
Individual Contributions$3,107$2,274$5,403
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$2,910$3,200--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$4,869$4,217$5,042
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.721.781.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$572$259$361
Current Assets$572--$361
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$572$259$361
Form 990s
2012 990N 2012
2011 990N
2010 990-N
2009 990-N
2008 990-N
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments If needed, we have the services of a CPA available to us.
Foundation Staff Comments
Agency is very small and filing 990-N because gross receipts are less than $25,000. Financial information was entered from financial statements provided by the agency. Numbers are unaudited. 
Address 637 Lakeshore Dr
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 266-6073
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Annette Mayer
Board Chair Annette Mayer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired