Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

RACE FLICKS Submissions 2016


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RACE FLICKS: Stories Lead to Action
Call For Film Submissions

Race Forward is seeking submissions for Race Flicks, the film track of Facing Race: A National Conference, to be held in Atlanta, GA from November 10-12, 2016. We are accepting applications from filmmakers with short and feature length docuemntary films that expose structural racism and illuminate racial justice solutions.

This year’s Race Flicks program will have a focus on creating impact with film. We are particularly interested in films that have been, or could be, used strategically by activists, organizers, and nonprofits in work for racial justice.

Race Forward is pleased to be co-curating the Race Flicks track with Working Films, a national leader in the use of documentary for social change. The Facing Race & Working Films team will work with selected filmmakers to create dynamic programming for each film. This will include participation by select filmmakers, curated post screening conversations with activists and organizers, and opportunities for audiences to learn how take films back to their communities and use them to incite change.

To apply please complete the short application below by July 21st, 2016, including a preview link to screen your film. Only completed films will be considered. Four to six film projects will be selected for screening in this year’s Race Flicks program. We will notify all applicants of your status via email by August 1st.

Films will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Quality of Filmmaking and Storytelling:
We are looking for beautifully shot, story-driven documentaries that use powerful characters and engaging stories to educate and move audiences. Films can be long or short form (under 75 minutes).

In addition to addressing issues of racial justice we are interested in films that depict people of different ages, abilities, national origins, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc.

Background of the Filmmaker:
We are particularly interested in supporting the work of filmmakers of color. For filmmakers telling stories of a community of which they are not a part we will look for work that reflects a participatory production process that engaged the community represented in the film, and/or films that show the agency of the characters and give a sense of their power.

Filmmakers’ Commitment to Social Change:
We want to include filmmakers who have a commitment to using their storytelling abilities to make a difference. We are interested in your plans for how your film can be used to make change.

Timeliness of the Topic:
We will prioritize films that address timely, current racial justice issues.

For questions, please contact Molly Murphy at [email protected].