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Riffing on the Dream students filmmakers from Chief Sealth with faculty advisor Paul Fischburg

Riffing on the Dream students filmmakers from Chief Sealth with faculty advisor Paul Fischburg

The Social Justice Film Festival returns for 2018 in partnership with Columbia Legal Services to explore all aspects of social justice. We are currently accepting submissions for this year’s festival, taking place October 5-14, 2018, with the theme Hope & Democracy (more details below).

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, and more.

2018 Festival Theme

The 2018 Social Justice Film Festival theme is Hope & Democracy. We seek submissions that explore the nature of democracy in the world today. Who belongs? Is it healthy? How are people shaping it and owning it? We are looking for films that demonstrate hope and resilience during today’s whiplash times.

Times are turbulent, and our festival reveals the bright and most human moments. Sometimes they are flashes where creativity sparks activism. Sometimes persistence and perseverance are True North. Come see what’s happening in the world. Prepare to be inspired. #HopeDemocracy

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Film Formats

Short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films

Due-Dates

(Short / Feature Pricing)

Early Bird ($15/$25) – May 1

Regular ($20/$30) – June 1

Late ($25/$35) – July 4

Youth Visions submissions – $5

Film Topics

All films should explore some social justice-related topic. Potential topics include:

  • Hunger, poverty, homelessness
  • Worker justice
  • Debt
  • Racism
  • Women’s rights
  • Animal rights
  • WTO and global food systems
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Prisoner justice
  • Disability rights
  • Environmental justice
  • Privatization and corporate control
  • Surveillance and privacy

 

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