In the shadow of the profound and necessary national conversation about racial justice, the 8th annual Justice Film Festival presented by Docs/ology returns in 2020 as an all virtual event taking place November 18-20, 2020. The three-day festival will consist of over 30 selected features and shorts including world premiere screenings, content from studios and emerging filmmakers, as well as “Behind The Lens” talkback sessions recorded at The Sheen Center with filmmakers from around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JFF has shifted from an in-person to online event and is partnering with Eventive to offer patrons in New York City and beyond the opportunity to screen this year's top films promoting a more just world from the comfort of their homes.

We are coming off our best year yet in 2019, which included an opening night preview of Focus Features 'Dark Waters' starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins. We welcomed auteur screenwriter and director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) to speak following a special presentation of his latest film 'First Reformed', and we also hosted the world premiere of 'Free Burma Rangers' which went on to have a very successful theatrical release in February playing in over 850 theaters nationwide.

JFF director and founder Andy Peterson says, “This year will be unlike any in our history, but we are embracing the opportunity to grow our audience by taking the Justice Film Festival out of New York and into living rooms everywhere. Given all that’s been exposed in 2020, we believe it’s important to give voice to a diverse group of filmmakers who are thoughtfully exploring the truth about the human condition with excellence, artistry and substance. It’s our best lineup ever and we are proud to participate in the greater movements of equity and inclusion by sharing these groundbreaking films.”

Justice Film Festival is the premier showcase for films that celebrate social justice and affirm the sacred dignity of the human person. Since 2013, JFF has been dedicated to creating a platform for redemptive stories of marginalized people and ecosystems bravely overcoming challenges and bringing hope, compassion and light to a world in need of inspiration.

The Justice Film Festival is a juried contest with awards presented in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and Best Justice Film. Our panel of judges includes filmmakers, entertainment executives, non-profit leaders, professors, social entrepreneurs, authors and recording artists.

Entrant warrants that entry is the Entrant’s own original work. Entrant agrees to release and hold Justice Film Festival harmless for all losses, liability, obligations, penalty expenses, charges and expenses of any kind whatsoever (including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees), whenever asserting or occurring, which Justice Film Festival may occur or pay out, or which may be asserted against Justice Film Festival. As well, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees that they have read, understood and complied with the Justice Film Festival’s Rules and Regulations for Submission.

Overall Rating
  • Neil George

    I was very proud to have one of my short films, 'Family' selected to play as the closing night short film. The communication from Andy in the run up to the festival was great and although I was unable to attend it appears to have been a really successful festival.
    It would be great if there were some more photos to share via social media etc.. for those who were unable to attend but the whole festival and what it stands for is just great!
    I will be submitting my next film for sure! Highly recommended!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Truly our pleasure to share your beautiful film. We'll look forward to your next creation.

  • Keith Sahm

    Thoroughly enjoyed our time at the JFF this year. Andy and his team do an incredible job, and the films we competed against in the Saturday Shorts Program were all top-notch. We'll definitely be back next year - if we are worthy. :)

    - Jim Ritterhoff, Executive Director/Co-Founder, FORCE BLUE

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    It was our honor to share the story of Force Blue with our community. Very glad to have your film as part of Justice Film 2019!

  • My experience at the Justice Film Festival was really wonderful. The venue is superb, the audience was highly engaged, and the films were thoughtfully curated. I definitely plan on returning, and sincerely hope more people discover and attend this great festival.

    April 2019
  • Michael Campo

    The festival's organizers and the staff is what truly separates this FF from some others. Their dedication to filmmakers and the way they run their event is really phenomenal. Not to mention the venue is gorgeous! Will definitely submit again!

    March 2019
  • Andy and the crew at Justice Everywhere film festival are phenomenal. They are very personable, branded well, the networking and ability to tell your story were honest and legit. For my team and I, we felt this festival one of the few festivals that are not money grabs, they really care about the projects being submitted.

    March 2019