The Films to The People (FTP) short film festival was created to give a venue to filmmakers whose work might not find a place in larger, mainstream festivals. We like to showcase filmmakers of various ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds, and subject matter that is pertinent to our times. We prefer to work with local filmmakers, but we have made exceptions. Films are selected for quality and diversity of perspectives.
Hosted by Liberated Lens, a film collective built on grassroots activism. We create opportunities for independent filmmakers to connect with progressive, action-oriented audiences and to grow their professional network together. We operate out of the Omni Commons in Oakland, California.
***Please note that "youth" submissions (18 and under) are free; this does not apply to "student" submissions. University students who have submitted that are clearly not under 18 will be asked to re-submit in the correct category and pay applicable fees. Youth submissions must be submitted by the youth themselves, providing proof of age (high school ID, driver's license, etc).***
Social justice theme
All entries must be under 20 minutes.
Films must be in English or have English subtitles.
Films must have all clearances and rights for commercial distribution.
Filmmakers may submit more than one project. Additional submission fees will apply.
Submissions from the SF Bay Area are encouraged but not required