"The #Resistance" will be the theme of the 2017 Social Justice Film Festival. For our sixth year, we invite filmmakers to submit narrative and documentary features and shorts with a social justice theme to the festival, to take place in Seattle, Washington, November 16-21, 2017.
All films should explore a social justice-related topic. Potential topics include: racism, hunger, poverty, homelessness, worker justice, debt, WTO and global food systems, women's rights, prisoner justice, disability rights, environment and sustainability, animal rights, privatization and corporate control, and surveillance and privacy. This year we are pleased to announce the Tulalip Tribes Prize, a special $500 award for best feature or short on Native American or indigenous rights. For films on Native American/indigenous issues, entry fees are waived. We also will present films from our Youth Visions competition for filmmakers 21 and under.
Submission deadlines for 2017: Early bird: May 1; Regular: June 1; Late: July 4. Films may be submitted through Film Freeway or Withoutabox; see our website at socialjusticefilmfestival.org for more information.
Seattle is a city known for progressive politics, technical innovation, and stunning natural surroundings, as well as a profusion of film festivals. The Social Justice Film Festival is unique in bringing together filmmakers with a social justice message from around the world to engage with committed and aware audiences, and to celebrate the stories of people who are working for a better future.
Featured speakers for past programs have included author of “Dead Man Walking” Sister Helen Prejean, activist and actor Mr. Danny Glover, investigative journalist Will Potter, founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas, recording artist and educator DJ Cavem, activist and former captain of the Seattle Black Panthers Aaron Dixon, Yupik elder Bobby Andrew, activist and filmmaker Sanjay Rawal, and more.