Our brand new 2014 logo has landed!


It's not a new Can't Stop the Serenity season without a fantastic new logo, and here it is! The above design was chosen by popular vote out of 14 great entries and is the creation of Jake Thompson from Orange, CA USA. Thank you to everyone who entered, and to everyone who cast their vote. And congratulations to Jake! Over the next few days, you'll start to see our new logo across the website and social media. We'll have it available for download soon too, so you can dress up your social media account to help spread the word about this year's events. 2014 is off to a great start already and we hope you'll come along for the ride!

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Registration for 2014 Events is Open!

2014 marks our 9th Annual CSTS season and we are looking forward to welcoming our fellow Browncoats, whether veterans of the cause or new organizers! We are grateful and excited that folks are interested in holding their own CSTS events to raise money for Equality Now.

Registration is open now, so you can start planning a Can't Stop the Serenity event for 2014. All the information you need to get you started can be found in the Host An Event section on the menu above.

Most CSTS events are known as "Screening Events" where Joss Whedon's "Serenity" is shown on the big screen in conjunction with auctions, raffles, contests, merchandise sales and other multimedia (pending licensing arrangements).

If you're unable to organize a Screening Event (due to funds, location or proximity to other Browncoats), an Affiliate event may be the answer. This can be any kind of event, such as a BBQ, dance party, trivia night, or video night, etc. The choice is yours! And you can do both if you want.

Once you've decided, take advantage of Event Resources to help you and your team with the planning process.

Next, you need to tell the Global Team about your plans so that you can become an official event. There are two ways to do it. Do you already have everything in place? Time, location, fellow volunteers? Then go straight to the Event Registration.

Maybe all the details have still to be worked out. Then what you want is the "Expression of Interest" Form. Filling this in gives you access to our Event Organizer forum and all the help there.

The event window has expanded this year. You can now choose to run an event anytime between April 1 through Oct. 15th.

Being an official CSTS Event means that you become part of the wonderful CSTS community. We'll help you raise money for Equality Now by assisting you with promotion, & giving you access to our forums to talk with other organizers who have come before and continue to triumph. By indicating you are affiliated with CSTS you are telling your potential sponsors, donors and audience that you are legit! Your event's charitable donation will be added to the 2014 Global Donation Total.

But most importantly, you'll be helping raise awareness and money for Equality Now so that they can continue their work to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. And with up to 25%  available for you to donate to other Charities, CSTS does good around the world.

"There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency" - Joss Whedon

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Vote for your favorite 2014 CSTS Art!

We put out the call and then made the signal go further and it came back full of amazing art. We have 14 designs, all wonderfully created by madly talented Browncoats. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry (or two!) to the 2014 CSTS Art Contest.

And now it's time for us all to choose which design will represent Can’t Stop the Serenity for 2014, our 9th year.
It will be hard to choose but we know you can do it!.
To have your say, all you need to do is click here to see the great designs and cast your vote! You can only vote once and you’ve only got until Feb.16th to get your voice heard and your vote counted.

So vote and then tell your friends to spread the word and come help us choose the best of the best.

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Logo Art Contest Deadline Extended to 1 February 2014

The deadline for submissions to the 2014 Art Contest has been further extended to 1 February 2014! We've realised that the earlier deadline was too short considering the holidays, and hope the extra time will allow more artists to give it a shot.

Over the years, we've raised almost a million dollars for Equality Now. We can do even more good works, but only if people show up! That’s where you come in.

The logo is a critical tool for raising interest and awareness about the events and charity, building excitement, and getting people into theaters around the world. To do this, the art needs to appeal to people who already know about CSTS, to Browncoats who haven’t heard of us and to non-fans, and draw their attention.

The winner’s artwork will be featured prominently throughout our website and social media outlets, and on any T-shirts, posters and promos created for the annual CSTS season.

Submissions must be received no later than 1 February 2014 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered.

All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. For all the rules, guidelines and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your entry!

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Farewell to CSTS 2013! Let’s get started on CSTS 2014!

As we ring in the new year and say farewell to 2013, it's a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the 2013 Can't Stop the Serenity season and thank those who have worked so hard to make it possible. Over $110,000 was raised for Equality Now and other charities by countless volunteers across the world, which brings to total raised since the begining of CSTS to over $900,000! This achievement could not have been realised without the tireless energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers on the Global Team and at each of the local events. On behalf of the Global Steering Committee (GSC), please accept our congratulations and our thanks.

The Global Team have given countless hours behind the scenes for over a year, and we would especially like to thank Dave Catoe, Stephanie Leisure, Liam Merrick, William Pace, Sheilah O'Connor, Phil Towle, and Julia Svaganovic (as well as their families for allowing them to give so much).

We would also like to thank each and every individual who helped pull together a CSTS event. Thank you to our event Captains for leading the charge and bringing it all together. Thank you to their support crew, for being a helping hand, a listening ear, a keen eye, a tireless promoter, a cheer leader and a hard worker. Without each of you, Can't Stop the Serenity would simply not happen.

Thank you to our supporters and sponsors, for donating goods for giveaway and auction, for promoting locally and globally, for providing support and advice, and for sharing in our love of the Browncoat fandom and Can't Stop the Serenity.

CSTS 2014 will be our 9th CSTS season and also marks Joss Whedon's 50th Birthday! So please join us to celebrate!

As we get the ball rolling, we'd like to provide a few updates about what we can look forward to. Our search for a volunteer willing to take the helm at Global Event Coordinator (GEC) has not been successful, but we are still forging ahead. With no GEC in place right now, the responsibility for steering the ship will be taken on by the GSC. We are very pleased to announce that Stephanie, Sheilah, William, Phil and Julia will be staying on at a global level, as are all members of the GSC. Thankfully, past Global Teams have left a strong foundation to work with, our returning global volunteers are very experienced and many of the behind the scenes pre-season tasks are already underway, including securing licensing, art Contest and administration.

But this means that 2014 will see some changes from past years. Some things will remain unchanged (such as the Expression of Interest/Registration process and the rules around licensing, copyright, proportion of the proceeds to charities other than Equality Now). But some of the other things you may have come to expect may no longer be possible. These include a global introduction video, donated items for prizes from global sponsors, and globally produced merchandise - unless someone would like to volunteer to take charge of these. We will also be doing our best to ease the load on local event crews and global volunteers, and taking on board a lot of the feedback we've received.

We are confident that the 2014 CSTS season will be a success and we invite all of you to share the excitement with us. We look forward to seeing local events coming together and welcoming new teams into the fold. If you'd like to hold an event in 2014, we look forward to hearing from you and event registrations will be opening soon. And if you'd like to help out at a global level, we'd love to hear from you.

Bring on 2014!!

- Jen, Marg & Mandy
CSTS Global Steering Committee

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Deadline extended for 2014 Art Contest! You’ve now got until 12 January to get your entries in!

The deadline for submissions to the 2014 Art Contest has been extended to 12 January 2014! That gives you an extra week to get your entries in!

For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules.


  • Submissions will be accepted beginning 6 December 2013, and must be received no later than 12 January 2014 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email our Art Director for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on the official CSTS website on 14 January 2014, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends 22 January 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Steering Committee and Global Team will choose the winning piece.
Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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