Join our 3rd global short film contest in Spring 2018 and BE A VOICE!
No matter if it is at an Amish community elementary school, a church in a small and safe town, a person at the borders of a country, a teenager in the streets of their city, or a toddler behind the doors of a bunker. Once the trigger is pulled, the life of a person, family, community, or a whole country may change

Please join us to share stories by and about local or international communities on the use of GUNS.

SPEAK OUT and give a voice to the pressing issues of our time.

Docademia welcomes any short documentary between 3 to 20 minutes that addresses the issues related to GUNS!

Submissions must have English subtitles.

Hashtags: #guns#war#violence#gangs#missiles#weapons#Second Amendment#school shootings#shooting#mass shootings#arlingtonheights#shooting#

About Docademia:
Docademia is a video on demand service that offers the best in social documentary packaged for educators. Our social enterprise site showcases work by and about marginalized communities, giving a platform to underrepresented voices around the world through the lenses of social documentary filmmakers. We conduct competitions to select top documentaries from around the globe, then make this winning content available to educators and institutions of higher learning.

The Festival

The 3rd Docademia festival will take place on June 6th, 2019 at University of Chicago, in the United States. The event involves screenings of top three selected films for faculty and students.

A Q&A session with the winning filmmakers will follow the screenings. The winners are invited to participate in a live discussion with the audience either in person or via video conference and discuss their film topics with scholars and advocates in the field of humanities.

Filmmakers will have a chance to compete for $700, $300, $150 cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to license their film through Docademia. Runners up will also be given distribution deals and have opportunities to collect royalties when their film is purchased by teachers and institutions of higher learning.

Submissions MUST have English subtitles.

Make sure to read our submission criteria before you submit your film:
Refer to our Terms and Conditions for the details about our contract:

Overall Rating
  • Very great festival i would recommend them to anyone

    June 2019
  • antonio spanò

    Docademia's is a true festival! Excellent communication, high quality and very sensitive to the quality. I firmly recomend it. Looking forward to submit my next projects.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review, Antonio! It's a pleasure to work with you and to feature your essential work on marginalized communities in college and university classrooms.

  • Ana Čigon

    I was really happy to be accepted to Docademia, but the contract I would have had to sign was different then it was said at the beginning and different then explained in the email I received. I sent an email with detailed questions regarding this but unfortunately never got a reply. Or to be precise, I only got a reply that I will get a reply, but never got one. It might all have been a misunderstanding though, I don't know. I am not shore what exactly happened, but I am sorry it did not work out.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hi Ana,
    We're sorry for the delay in responding to your request. Please check your emails. We responded to your email last week. Let us know if you still have any questions/concerns. Thanks!

  • Lydia Lida Hrgic

    Great ideas great festival ....

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Lydia! We're honored to work with you!

  • It took a while but we were able to negotiate terms that worked for their needs and for my business model and I appreciate their willingness to do so.

    April 2017