The (In)Justice for All Film Festival (IFAFF) was originally developed to bring films to audiences that expose America's criminal (in)justice system – police, courts, and corrections – and the for-profit industries that feed at this trough of human misery. While we share the stories of the millions relegated to second-class citizenship under this unforgiving system we also explore the root causes of mass incarceration, including racism, mental illness, the War on Drugs, and the criminalization of minorities.

Over the years we have also screened films that shine light on a host of other justice issues, from immigration challenges around the world, to police violence, and even eco-justice.

During 10 days in October, we will again screen feature length documentaries, feature films, and topical shorts. Our focus for 2020 will be films with these major themes:

- The Epidemic of Mass Incarceration in America
- American Poverty: Homelessness, Hunger, and EcoJustice
- The Global Immigration Crisis
- American Racism and White Supremacy
- Domestic Violence
- Police Abuse of Power

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit films that provide insight into the challenges, the triumph of the human spirit, and personal and systemic solutions, revolving around these themes.

In addition to the broad themes above, we will welcome works that bring perspective to the following issues:

• The War on Drugs
• Mental Health
• The science of addiction
• The youth perspective on crime and prison
• The politicization of crime and punishment
• Global alternatives to imprisonment
• Incarceration’s impacts on men, women, and children
• Restorative Justice
• Discretionary police power
• The militarization of America's police departments
• History of incarceration and prison reform movements
• Politically motivated imprisonment
• Prison Profiteers, the corporations that profit from prison growth

This IFAFF's goal is to recognize filmmakers who are justice warriors in their own right, while providing critical awareness and education on these issues, and thereby growing the grassroots capacity to challenge and change the system.

Justice Awards (plaques or trophies) will be given to the top three short documentaries and top three full length documentaries/feature films. And our "Curley Cohen" Fan Favorite plaque or trophy will be awarded to a film selected by our audiences.

In addition, cash awards, as well as plaques or trophies, will be given to the top 3 "Justice Impact" films. These will be chosen from all the entries.

And, for the second year, we will be awarding our Festival Director Award, for the film that is overlooked by the judging team, but is nonetheless powerful, meaningful and illustrative of excellence in justice film making.

Official Regulations and Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements
1) Feature length films/documentaries completed on or after June 15, 2018 are eligible, short documentaries completed on or after June 15, 2017 are eligible.
2) All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English.
3) Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

Submission Guidelines
1) Films must be submitted to our FilmFreeway page, and if selected, downloadable from the site, or provided on SD Card, USB Drive, or DVD.
2) Only entries submitted with completed submission forms, entry fees, signed attestation forms, and films submitted in the requested formats will be considered.
3) For 2020, the film committee is accepting only completed works; no works-in-progress will be considered.
4) The deadlines for submissions are March 20, 2020 (Early), April 30, 2020 (Regular), May 22, 2020 (Late), June 12, 2020 (Last Chance), and June 30, 2020 (Emergency). Late entries will not be considered.

Submission of forms and films
1) Films may be submitted digitally through, or shipped to the film committee.
2) Submissions may be shipped to:

Entry Coordinator
(In)Justice For All Film Festival Committee
c/o Trinity UCC
400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628

3) The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.
4) Judging and Selection (Please see the website for information on rubrics for judging the various categories.) All entrants will be notified regarding inclusion in the festival by July 17, 2020. The film selections will be posted on the website. A member of the Festival committee will also notify each entrant by phone or email.

Overall Rating
  • What a great experience! I can’t wait to submit again!

    December 2020
  • Anike Bay

    I had a blast - I loved the film festival! It's one of the best film festivals in Chicago . . .

    January 2019
  • Branden Hampton

    Great film festival and amazing topics covered that shed light on injustices that are often glazed over by mainstream media. While I wasn't able to attend, our team was proud to show our film FEARLESS! Great promotion from the social media team and Trinity United! Will definitely apply again with our next film and also attend to see over groundbreaking films!💯✊🏿

    November 2018
  • Great feedback for the injustice. A wonderful platform to screen a spoken word film. Thank you for the support and for showcasing “Gentrification”

    October 2018
  • Anike Tourse

    This festival speaks on such important issues and included great films that are both entertaining and educating. More people should know about the festival to increase the amount of networking opportunities available. Great discussion and exposure to different areas in Chicago, people from different walks of life and films.

    October 2018