The 8th annual Justice Film Festival presented by Docs/ology will return to the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture November 11-14, 2020 in New York City. As always, this year's event will include feature films, documentaries, and shorts from both well-known and emerging filmmakers that shine a light on social justice.

We are watching the situation in New York very carefully as it relates to COVID-19, but current indications suggest by November things will have stabilized to the point of allowing the festival to go on as planned. Of course we will be in touch should our plans need to change, and we have several contingencies in place should that come into play.

We are coming off our best year yet, 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.

At Justice Film Festival 2020 attendees will have the opportunity to screen new films and interact with filmmakers, producers, non-profit leaders, social entrepreneurs and distributors. All selected films will be invited to attend the event in New York and participate in live talk-backs with the audience after screening their movie. (Travel & accommodations are not included).

Top 5 reasons to submit your film to JFF 2020:
1. Opportunity to screen your film in New York City at the wonderful Sheen Center in Manhattan.
2. Access to industry leaders in film marketing, publicity and distribution.
3. Feature positioning at, celebrating 'praiseworthy' documentary films.
4. Our mission to promote emerging filmmakers; with an emphasis on women and minorities.
5. Selection process which guarantees your film is screened by at least two selection team members, with feedback made available by request (after the festival).

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