Now in its seventh year, this film festival sparks dialogue about justice, equality, and humanity through the presentation of new documentaries on human rights issues, post-screening Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and community talk-backs with human rights advocates and activists.

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights through educational programs. "Impugning Impunity" underscores ALBA’s commitment to uphold the values of the U.S. volunteers who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War, bringing human rights struggles to life through storytelling.

Initiated in 2011, ALBA’s Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival has been held in New York City, San Francisco, and Detroit.

This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

A distinguished jury will honor the best film from the Official Selection with the Harry Randall Award for Best Human Rights Documentary Feature. This award was created in memory of Harry W. Randall, Jr. (1915-2012) who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as Chief Photographer of the Photographic Unit of the 15th International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. The festival will also award a prize to the Best Documentary Short.

This year's jury will include Kathy Brew, noted documentarian and veteran programmer currently serving as the Guest Curator for MoMA's Doc Fortnight. The full jury will be announced shortly.

1. All documentaries must address a human rights related topic.
2. All films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
3. Films will be accepted for consideration in two categories:
Short Films: from 5 to 29 minutes.
Feature Films: from over 30 minutes to 120 minutes.
(Longer films will be considered but they are more difficult to program in our 3 day schedule).
4. Special consideration will be given to young and independent filmmakers.
5. All submissions must be made through
6. Films must be in English or have English subtitles.
7. By submitting your film, you grant ALBA the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes.

Terms and conditions:
First and foremost, submitting your film to ALBA’s Film Festival in no way implies any ownership rights by ALBA to the submitted film. You own your project. If you are approached by anyone to option your film as a result of being listed on our website or being screened at ALBA’s festival, we do not take a cut of the deal. It is your film and all rights remain yours.

You must be legally authorized to represent the entire work. All production formats are eligible. Your film needs to be in English or subtitled in English. Whether or not your film has already been distributed or not, has no bearing on our selection process. Film selections and award nominees will be posted on ALBA’s website approximately one month before the festival.

By submitting your film, you grant ALBA the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. By submitting your film to this competition you agree that, if your film is selected by ALBA, you grant to ALBA a non-exclusive license to use, display, exploit and exhibit your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, your submitted film, material, information, and/or any other things received by ALBA, publicly, at ALBA’s sole discretion to promote, market and advertise the festival. ALBA may also use excerpts from trailers of submitted films for promotion, to promote, market and advertise the festival. You also authorize ALBA to place your images and synopsis on our website, and films are reviewed by ALBA with the intention of selecting screeners for the festival and the work will not be divulged to any persons not affiliated with ALBA unless first permitted in writing by a legally authorized representative of the work.

The individual or company submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening items entered. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Neither party shall owe any liability to the other party arising under this agreement for any indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of profit or business opportunities, except as expressly set forth herein. Neither party makes (and each party hereby specifically disclaims) any, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the services contemplated by this agreement, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, implied warranties arising from a course of dealing or course of performance or any warranties relating to title or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither party makes any representation, warranty or assurance concerning any minimum or maximum number of viewers or screenings or celebrities or special guests or events.

All information by ALBA, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice. All festival and screening decisions will be made by ALBA’s Film Festival committee.

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Overall Rating
  • Juan Francisco Urrusti Alonso

    I am really grateful to this great festival for their having selected my documentary.
    Everything about this festival is excellent: hospitality, screenings, audience. I recommend it fully!

    September 2018