*June 5th, 2020, Black Lives Matter Protest New York City, Still by MM Serra.


The Film-Makers’ Cooperative/New American Cinema Group is seeking submissions for a program of films and videos responding to the current political climate and health crisis. Inspired by the omnibus protest film For Life, Against the War, which was produced as part of the 1967 anti-war protest festival The Week of the Angry Arts, “In Solidarity” updates a concept first enacted by the Coop in 1967, when filmmakers joined together at the height of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Women’s Rights Movement to assert the political value of creative expression. As we look to these protests of the past, and consider their relation to the ongoing militarization of the police and contemporary protests against racial injustice, we are asking you to submit a 3-5 minute film that reflects your experience as a participant in change.

We invite you to join the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, an artist-run distribution center started in 1961 by such counter-culture radicals as Edward Bland, Shirley Clark, Jonas Mekas, Hillary Harris, Ken Jacobs, Barbara Rubin, and Stan VanDerBeek who joined together to protest the oppressive political climate of the ‘60s, which parallels what we are experiencing today in many ways.

There is no entry fee to submit to the festival.

Submit your short films of protest and action in the streets. Submissions can be anywhere between 3-5 minutes. Limit 2 entries per person. The deadline is October 1, 2020. All work that has already been placed in distribution is also being considered for the program. If you are interested in joining as a member, you can request our membership form by contacting our office at: filmmakerscoop@gmail.com or 212-267-5665.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you very much for selecting me.

    November 2020
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    One of the most important venues for personal experimental films. Thanks for supporting protest filmmaking and film poetry!

    November 2020
  • martin del carpio

    An important festival to be a part of! Thank you

    November 2020