Judging is now closed. Watch our Margins16 winners, then check back here in April 2017 for info about the Margins17 filmfest! Congrats to all the winners and thanks to all the 50+ entrants from 39 universities around the country.

CALLING ALL COLLEGE FILMMAKERS!

 

VOICES FROM THE MARGINS is the nation’s largest social justice film fest for college students, sponsored by America Media and Ignatian Solidarity Network. Prizes include top of the line production gear from Blackmagic Design plus a trip to Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-13, 2016, to screen your film before an audience of 1,700 at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Filmfest.

Check out full contest details below and view last year’s winners and get your creative juices flowing.

 

Submissions due October 2, 2016

The Judges

MARÍA CELESTE ARRARÁS

is the most well-known journalist in Spanish language television. 35 million people in the US and 15 Latin American countries tune in daily to watch her host Telemundo’s newsmagazine Al Vivo Rojo. María Celeste was the first Hispanic journalist to win an Emmy and appeared on the cover of NEWSWEEK as one of “20 Most Powerful Women” in the world.

IAN BRENNAN

is co-creator and executive producer of the FOX tv hit Scream Queens. A writer, actor, and producer, Brennan won two Golden Globes and a Peabody as co-creator and executive producer of the celebrated FOX series Glee.

EJ DIONNE

is the Washington Post’s award-winning political columnist as well as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He’s also a government professor at Georgetown University and a regular commentator on politics for NPR, ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

LISA SHARON HARPER

is Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners, where she develops coalitions focused on racial justice, environmental justice, foreign policy, and evangelical public witness. She is a prolific author, was named “#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress, and was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women’s Roundtable.

CHRIS HAYES

is an award winning journalist and host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. When he assumed hosting duties of All In in 2013, he became the youngest host of a prime-time show on any of the country’s major cable news channels. Hayes also remains editor at large at The Nation magazine.

JAMES MARTIN

is a Jesuit priest, a New York Times best-selling author, and editor at large at America magazine. He’s a frequent contributor on religion in venues ranging from NPR to CNN to the New York Times. He was also a frequent guest on — and the Official Chaplain of — Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

ALEXANDRA PELOSI

spent a decade as an NBC News producer. In 2000, she was assigned to cover the Bush campaign, which led to her first Emmy-winning HBO documentary Journeys with George. Since then, Pelosi has made six more films for HBO, including The Trials of Ted Haggard and Friends of God.

COKIE ROBERTS

is a political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for NPR. Over a career spanning 40 years, she has won countless awards included three Emmys, and has been cited as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

CAROLYN WOO

is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the global humanitarian relief agency. In 2013, Foreign Policy magazine named Woo one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.” Prior to joining CRS, she was Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Q & A

 

WHO CAN ENTER?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited college/university as well as recent grads. (Recent grad = a graduation date anytime after July 31, 2015.)

WHAT THEMES ARE PERMITTED?

It’s a social justice film fest, and that’s the only requirement. We welcome entries on a wide breadth of topics including — though not limited to — poverty, inequality, migrants and refugees, race, gender, human life and dignity issues, environment/ecology, human rights.

WHAT GENRES ARE ELIGIBLE?

Short documentaries, first-person narratives and vlogs, infographics videos, docu-drama shorts — all fair game! We’re not here to limit your creativity!

HOW DO YOU DEFINE “SHORT FILM”?

Entry submissions are limited to eight (8) minutes length, max. There’s no minimum length.

WHEN ARE SUBMISSIONS DUE?

October 2, 2016

 

Prizes

FIRST PRIZE

The FIRST PRIZE entry receives a BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera ($995 value) , Davinci Resolve 12.5 STUDIO ($995 value), plus roundtrip domestic travel & lodging for the Ignatian Family Teach-in Filmfest in Washington, D.C., November 12-13, 2016. The IFTJ is the largest annual Catholic social justice conference in the U.S., welcoming attendees from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The FIRST PRIZE entrant will screen his/her film on the IFTJ mainstage before an audience of 1,700+ students.

OTHER FINALISTS

The TOP FIVE finalists will be screened at the Teach-In Film Fest on Saturday, November 12, in Washington. Limited transportation stipends will be available to all finalists. The SECOND PLACE entry wins a $150 gift certificate from B&H Photo Video. The THIRD PLACE winner receives a $100 B&H gift certificate.

CROWD FAVORITE

A special award will be presented to the top online vote recipient.

Prizes 2016