Social Justice Film Festival-U.S.

Social Justice Film Festival-U.S.
9425 35th Ave NE
Suite E
98115
Seattle, United States

Tel: 1-206-526-5336

2019, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Fri 31st May 19
Fri 4th Oct to Sun 13th Oct

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.

Awards

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.

Genres

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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Tulalip Tribes Prize for best film about Native Americans or Indigenous Peoples.
Submission Fee: Free
The Social Justice Film Festival will present the Tulalip Tribes Prize, an award of $500, to the best new feature or short film that focuses on Native Americans, indigenous people, or their rights.

We urge all filmmakers—and especially Native American filmmakers—with an interest in Native American rights to submit films for this prize that explore tribal recognition, the protection of lands, indigenous identity, and other issues.
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Special Reduced Rate for Festival Focus filmmakers outside North America - Shorts
Submission Fee: $10
For the 2019 festival theme of “Courage," the Social Justice Film Institute & Festival announces special reduced rates for non-North-American Festival Focus filmmakers, covering European, Asian, African, South American, and Middle Eastern films. Until the final deadline of May 31, narrative and documentary short films (under 45 minutes) may be submitted for a $10 fee. As always, short films (less than 8 minutes) by youth 21 and under may be submitted to our Youth Visions competition for $5.
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Special Reduced Rate for Festival Focus filmmakers outside North America - Features
Submission Fee: $20
For the 2019 festival theme of “Courage," the Social Justice Film Institute & Festival announces special reduced rates for non-North-American Festival Focus filmmakers, covering European, Asian, African, South American, and Middle Eastern films. Until the final deadline of May 31, narrative and documentary feature films (45 minutes or longer) may be submitted for a $20 fee. As always, short films (less than 8 minutes) by youth 21 and under may be submitted to our Youth Visions competition for $5.
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Youth Visions Showcase
Submission Fee: $5
Social Justice Youth Visions is a special category dealing with the themes of the Social Justice Film Festival. Youth Visions welcomes the perspectives and talents of films made by filmmakers who were 21 and younger when they completed their film. We feel this is an especially important section in an era when traditional media encourages youth to focus their participation along consumer paths; we hope to highlight their engaged, empowered voices and visions here. Films up to 20 minutes, narrative and documentary, are celebrated in this section.
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Social Justice Narrative Short
Submission Fee: $25
Social Justice Narrative Shorts are non-documentary short films dealing with the themes of the Social Justice Film Festival. This genre can include scripted and improvised narrative, experimental, and even based-on-a-true-story shorts, but it excludes documentary films.
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Social Justice Documentary Short
Submission Fee: $25
Social Justice Documentary shorts are short nonfiction films dealing with the themes of the Social Justice Film Festival. This genre includes journalism, personal profile, and cinéma vérité films, but it excludes fiction films.
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Social Justice Narrative Feature
Submission Fee: $35
Social Justice Narrative Features are non-documentary Feature-length films dealing with the themes of the Social Justice Film Festival. This genre can include scripted and improvised narrative, experimental, and even based-on-a-true-story films, but it excludes documentary films.
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Social Justice Documentary Feature
Submission Fee: $35
Social Justice Documentary Features are Feature-length nonfiction films dealing with issues relevant to Social Justice. This genre includes journalism, personal profile, and cinéma vérité films, but it excludes fiction films.
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Known festival contacts Contacts
Anne Paxton
Administrator
Jody Cole
Curator

Entries

Open to the public

Eligibility:

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.

Please see website for details: socialjusticefilmfestival.org

Formats:

Screeners are accepted online. See details at socialjusticefilmfestival.org

Fees:

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.

Please see website for details:
http://www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org/?page_id=2119

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