We are calling filmmakers from around the globe to celebrate resistance, love and empowerment in an era of globalisation.

As part of the King’s College London Transnational Law Summit 2018 (KTLS18), The Dickson Poon School of Law will be inaugurating the Transnational Justice Film Competition under the theme: 'Celebrating Resistance, Love and Empowerment in an Era of Globalisation.' The competition will complement the interdisciplinary exploration of the Summit's theme: The New Human Condition: Creating Justice for Our Future'.

KTLS18 will be held in Bush House in central London on 10-13 April 2018. It will be a truly international conference that will serve as a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform for academy, legal practice, politics, journalism and arts. We expect around 400 participants from around the world ranging from scholars, policy makers, NGO activists, lawyers, judges, trade unionists to fiction writers, poets and film makers.

The conference is inspired by the political philosopher Hannah Arendt whose 1958 book 'The Human Condition' turns 60 next year. In the spirit of Arendt’s reflections on political responsibility in a diverse and pluralistic world, the Summit will investigate the socio-economic, environmental and political conditions for a more socially just and inclusive life on this planet.

On the evening of 12 April 2018, we will be hosting film and photography experts to discuss the meaning of the new human condition in their creative spheres. This is where you come in. We invite artists, including students, from around the world to submit a short film on the theme of ***Celebrating Resistance, Love and Empowerment in an Era of Globalisation.***

Submissions in all categories are welcome: animation, documentary, experimental and drama work, new media, music, motion, multi media, narrative fiction. The filmmakers of the best six movies will be invited to attend the KTLS18 where their film will be screened to an international audience on Thursday 12 April 2018. We will also be warding a special prize to a winning student entry from High and Secondary School, College, University or Film School.

We expect around 400 delegates and you’ll have opportunities not only to showcase your work to an international audience, but also be part of KTLS18 and network with the ‘movers and shakers’ from grass-roots associations, social movements, universities and colleges, NGOs and courts.

KTLS18 will be an international event with wide reaching international programme, and we welcome submissions from all parts of the international filmmaking community.

If you have a view on what resistance, love and empowerment look like in this globalised world, we want to hear from you. Get creative!


KTLS18 is being organised by The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London. The School is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. It was established in 1831, and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago. More about the school here: www.kcl.ac.uk/law

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 29,600 students (of whom nearly 11,700 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,000 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). Since our foundation, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King’s will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. Read more at www.kcl.ac.uk

There is a total of seven prizes and all the winners will receive monetary awards for their work:

1st place - £3,000
2nd place - £2,000
3rd place - £1,500
4-6th place - £500
Student Award - £1,000

The winning films will be screened on the evening of 12 April 2018 at the King’s Transnational Law Summit 2018 in London, UK. In addition, all winners will be invited to attend the conference with complimentary travel and accommodation covering 2 night's in London.

It will be a great opportunity to meet filmmakers, photographers and other artists specialising in the wide ranging areas of the programme such as environmental justice, political and gender inequality, migration, climate change and economic justice.

All submissions are FREE.

All films must address and engage with the competition theme ***Celebrating Resistance, Love and Empowerment in an Era of Globalisation.***

We welcome submissions in all categories: animation, documentary, experimental and drama work, new media, music and motion, other.

There is a special £1,000 prize for a student entry from High and Secondary School, College, University or Film School.

KTLS18 will be an international event with wide reaching international programme and we welcome submissions from all parts of the international filmmaking community.

The films must be no longer than 10 minutes.

Only submissions via FilmFreeway website will be accepted.

Filmmakers are reminded that the content of films must be suitable for distribution to a global audience and to viewers both young and old. Any film that is deemed to contain inappropriate content will be disqualified from the competition.

The filmmaker is responsible for clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in their film.

All submissions must be made by Monday 15 January 2018.

All foreign submissions must be subtitled in English.

The winning entrants will grant the King's College London a non-exclusive, non-revocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, reproduce, publish and display full or part of their material across King's College London marketing distribution channels, including but not exclusive to media releases, publications, websites, social media. The authorship of the entrant will be clearly acknowledged.

Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of the organising committee at The Dickson Poon School of Law.

Overall Rating
  • David Fratini

    A beautiful summit that tackles urgent issues in depth. Proud to have been able to present my short in front of a high-level audience along with other beautiful films.

    April 2018
  • Darren Teale

    A fantastic festival with amazing staff. We were made to feel very welcome and encouraged to attend the whole 4 day summit so we got much more than just the standard festival experience. I would highly recommend you enter this festival.

    April 2018
  • Enrico Chiarugi

    Great place, great public. A festival where I had the opportunity to learn a lot.

    April 2018