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. 4-6, 2017, to screen your film before an audience of 1,700 at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Film Fest.

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

 

Submissions due October 1, 2017

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.”

J.J. KELLEY

is Senior Producer of National Geographic Explorer and a twice Emmy-nominated filmmaker and explorer focusing on wildlife conservation, exploration, and wildlife crime. Recently, he directed NatGeo’s critically acclaimed “Ivory Wars.”

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

is an Emmy-winning filmmaker who has spent the past 16 years making a dozen documentaries for HBO. Her latest film, the Words That Built America, narrated by David McCullough, premiered on HBO this past July 4th.

SHIBA RUSSELL

is an Emmy-winning broadcast journalist who is current anchor of the the primetime news broadcast at New York City’s flagship NBC station, WNBC.

NICO SANDI

was Grand Prize winner in the inaugural 2015 Voices from the Margins film fest for his short doc “Stones,” a compelling exploration of the Nebraska death penalty debate. Nico us currently a fellow in the prestigious Stanford University MFA documentary program.

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, 2016.)

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 1, 2017

 

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 4-5, 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 4, 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