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|Food Justice Documentary Feature
|Food Justice Documentary Features are Feature-length nonfiction films dealing with the Food Justice Focus of the 2015 Social Justice Film Festival. This genre includes journalism, personal profile, and cinéma vérité films, but it excludes fiction films.
|Food Justice Narrative Feature
|Food Justice Narrative Features are non-documentary Feature-length films dealing with the Food Justice Focus of the 2015 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.
|Food Justice Documentary Short
|Food Justice Documentary shorts are short nonfiction films dealing with the Food Justice Focus of the 2015 Social Justice Film Festival. This genre includes journalism, personal profile, and cinéma vérité films, but it excludes fiction films.
|Food Justice Narrative Short
|Food Justice Narrative Shorts are non-documentary short films dealing with the Food Justice Focus of the 2015 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.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Social Justice Film Festival highlights film and video work being done 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 society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Social Justice Film Festival returns in 2015 with a special weekend in partnership with Columbia Legal Services to explore all aspects food justice.
Based in Seattle, Washington, a city known for progressive politics, technical innovation and stunning natural surroundings, the festival will bring 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 food 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, journalist Will Potter, and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.
Anne Paxton (Filmmaker); Joseph Cole (Festival Registrar)
Early submission deadline:
June 1, 2015
Regular submission deadline:
July 1, 2015
Final submission deadline:
August 1, 2015
Notification of acceptance:
Labor Day, Monday September 7, 2015
Exhibition media due:
September 27, 2015
October 17-October 18, 2015
The 2015 Social Justice Film Festival in partnership with Columbia Legal Services is hosting a special film event on the topic of Food Justice. Only films related to food justice are able to be reviewed, and the selected films will screen in conjunction with a panel discussion and speakers over one weekend in October in Seattle.
Food justice applies to a wide range of potential film topics, relating to:
-- farmworker rights
-- the industrial food system
-- food insecurity
-- sustainable farming (organic, permaculture)
-- animal rights
-- hunger and poverty
-- food deserts
-- urban farming
-- food system and climate change
-- WTO and global food systems
-- the Green Revolution
-- the local movement
-- famines and 'feeding the world'
-- the food/health connection
-- food sovereignty
-- school food programs
Selected films must be made available for Festival presentation in digital video (DVD, BluRay, or Digital file) or 35mm. Flash drive with quicktime.mov is the preferred format. Filmmakers whose films are selected should deliver their film in an acceptable final presentation format. Failure to provide the film in acceptable format may result in the film being unable to play at the Festival.
Foreign language films must be made available with the original
language soundtrack and English subtitles or English dubbing.
REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS
International entrants who do not pay by credit card must use an international money order paid in US dollars through a US bank.
Entry fees are not refundable.
DVDs will not be returned unless accompanied by an addressed and prepaid return envelope.
• Key film still - 300dpi JPEG image, captioned with name of actors
• Film description and synopsis
• Complete principal cast and production credits listing
• Self-addressed, stamped postcard to verify receipt (optional)
Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be
considered. Required materials can be submitted digitally on a CD.
All film submissions must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper
containers to arrive on time.
Please be aware that in all categories, World, North American and US
Premieres are preferred.
DVD Labeling & Shipping:
Preview DVDs should be clearly labeled with the film title, running
time, and contact information (including name, address, and phone
International shipments must be accompanied by a
commercial invoice (containing the film’s title, running time, format
[color or b&w], value of shipment, and sender’s name and address).
SJFF can not help with customs clearances.
We advise all preview media shipping from outside the U.S. be sent with the following declaration:
“Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60). U.S. Tariff Act.
No commercial value, for Festival use only.”
To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your entry, you must enclose
a self-addressed stamped postcard with your submission.
Films selected for screening will be notified by September 7, 2015.
Shipping (accepted films):
It will be the filmmaker’s responsibility to cover the incoming shipping
costs to SJFF. SJFF will cover the return costs to the domestic address designated by the filmmaker.
SJFF can not cover international shipping.
The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival awards honors according to audience voting in each of our categories.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Consideration for the Social Justice Film Festival is contingent on adherence to the submission dates, beginning in May and ending August 1st. All entries must be postmarked no later than August 1st to be considered. Submissions are not returned unless the submitting filmmaker includes a SASE. The Social Justice Film Festival will make every effort to return your submission in cases where a SASE is provided, but cannot be held liable for your film in transit. Please, never send a project's master copy.