Social Justice Film Festival-U.S.

Social Justice Film Festival-U.S.
9425 35th Ave NE
Suite E
Seattle, United States

Tel: 1-206-526-5336

Fri 4th Oct to Sun 13th Oct
Submission deadline: Fri 31st May 19

Festival Overview

The Social Justice Film Festival returns for 2019 in partnership with popUPjustice, LLC and Meaningful Movies to explore all aspects of social justice.
Based in Seattle, Washington, a city known for progressive politics, technical innovation and stunning natural surroundings, the festival brings together filmmakers from around the world to encourage interaction and engagement through film and events.

The festival will include programming and speakers that bring attention to social justice concerns in the world, and celebrate the stories of groups and people who are working for a better future. We will exhibit shorts and feature-length documentaries and narrative films from the U.S. and around the world.

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, BLM organizer Darnell Moore, Rev. Harriet Walden and more.

The Social Justice Film Festival highlights film and video work created to institute change around the world. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture where equality is achieved on all levels. This includes issues pertaining to incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racism, gender equality, the arts and rights of expression and speech, animal rights, alternative currency and lifestyles, disenfranchisement, water and food insecurity, economic disparity, homelessness, exploitation, corruption within the system and more. The festival will showcase works that challenge societal structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level.


The Social Justice Film Festival awards jury honors in each category: Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Documentary Short and Narrative Short and Youth Visions submissions by filmmakers 21 and under.


Action Adaptation Adaptation Adventure Advertising Animation Animation Art-house Art-house Asian Asian Black Black Comedy Black Comedy Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Crime Disaster Documentary Documentary Drama Drama Educational Educational Erotic Experimental Experimental Family Fantasy Foreign Language Foreign Language French Gangster Gangster Gay and Lesbian Ghost Historical Historical Horror Independent Independent Jewish Legal Legal Martial Arts Medical Murder Mystery Music Video Musical Mystery Mystery National Natural History Noir Period Political Political Reality Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Short Silent Silent Sport Spy Student Student Supernatural Teen Thriller Thriller Travel TV War Western Women

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Jody Cole


Open to the public


Films concerned with issues of social justice completed since January 1st of 2018 are eligible for entry.

Call for submissions opened January 21.

Submissions close May 31, 2019.

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Entry fees help cover the cost of producing the festival and are assessed according to a series of deadlines. EarlyBird ends March 31, 2019. Regular ends May 1, 2019. Late ends May 31, 2019.

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