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Highlights of the Social Justice Film Festival

In 2013, we produced a ten-day film festival that:

  • screened more than 50 films to about 1,500 attendees
  • received sponsorships from more than 30 non-profits and businesses, including SEED Arts, the WA ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • was featured more than 30 times in local media, including The Seattle Times, City Arts, The Stranger, Real Change News, the UW Daily, KBCS 91.3, KEXP 90.3, City Living, The Seattle Weekly, the Seattle PI, KOMO news, to mention a few
  • hosted two of the most notable U.S. prisoner justice advocates, Sister Helen Prejean and Danny Glover
  • provided an artistic forum to filmmakers from all over the world
  • is innovative in the U.S. where no other such festival is know to have taken place. According to the UW Daily, the “Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF) uses film not only as an art form, but as a platform for social change…[it can] bring vital social justice issues to light and raise awareness of the problems spotlighted through the accessibility and relatability of film.” Full article
  • created a space for speakers, discussions, and Q&A segments with high-profile activists, prior prisoners, falsely incarcerated individuals, and more
  • provided the Seattle community with a badly needed forum for conversation, education, and creative problem solving around the challenges of prisoner justice

“Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring” Film Series

NWFF_RR.Final.11x17MARCH 18—MAY 1, 2014

Presented in partnership with Town Hall, ARCADE, PubliCola at SeattleMet, Tasveer, DEFA Film Library, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington and Charles Mudede

With the election of Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council and the ongoing political battle for a $15 minimum wage, the future of workers’ rights is a conversation gripping Seattleites of all backgrounds this spring. Red Renewal brings together community groups from across the city for collective contemplation of new and old films that resonate with ongoing conversations about Seattle’s economy and politics. Expect workers’ songs and digging in Seattle’s audiovisual archives, Soviet crocodiles and Slovenian psychoanalysts, radical labors of love, virtual public spheres and difference of opinions. It all begins with a screening and discussion with Kshama Sawant and Charles Mudede at Town Hall on March 18.

Check out the schedule of films here.

Real Change Economic Justice Film Series

This weekend, Real Change, a 2013 festival sponsor, is screening one of our 2013 films, Shift Change, as part oshift-change-wallpaper-1600-x1200f its Economic Justice Film Series!

Shift Change is an inspiring film that features “lively stories of secure, dignified jobs, in a democratic workplace.” The film provides a refreshingly positive perspective on solutions to the economic crisis that can simultaneously increase worker conditions and participation.

Shift Change
Sunday, March. 16, 12pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave.

(Doors open at 11:30 am. Reserve tickets for priority seating).

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Festival Announces 2014 Call for Entries!

IMG_0731The Social Justice Film Festival is excited to announce the 2014 Call for Entries!

We are now accepting submissions of short and feature-length documentary and narrative films that address issues of social justice.

Submit by May 1 to receive discounted early bird prices! The late deadline is July 1.

Read more details here and submit your film!

The Social Justice Film Festival announces 2014 festival Youth Visions program Call For Entries!

While traditional media often seems to encourage a focus along consumer paths, we want to create a showcase to highlight your engaged, empowered voices and visions.

Youth Visions welcomes the perspectives and talents of films made by filmmakers who were 21 and younger when they completed their film. Films of any length, narrative and documentary, are celebrated in this section.

We’re already looking ahead to the 2014 program and we want to hear from you, because now is the perfect time to start making a film about a topic you are passionate about!

Entry is free through June 1st and the late deadline is July 1st.  For more information, look for the Social Justice Film Festival on Without a Box or on Facebook, and stay tuned for our general Call for Entries coming soon.

Festival awarded 2-year Neighborhood and Community Arts Grant!

OAC_logo[blue-rgb]We are thrilled to announce that the Office of Arts and Culture has awarded the festival a Neighborhood and Community Art grant! We were selected, along with 41 other projects, from a pool of 82 applications. However, as we were ranked among the top 20 projects, we will be automatically funded for TWO years! The Office of Arts and Culture helped to support the 2013 festival and we are grateful to have their support in 2014 and 2015!