The March on Washington Film Festival strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.

The Festival continues its Competition for Emerging and Student filmmakers to submit short form content, both narrative and documentary, which focuses on civil rights movements, the civil rights era and social justice issues.

STUDENTS: must be currently enrolled in school, or graduated within 6 months of the Festival. Any selected Student filmmaker will be expected to provide proof of student status.

EMERGING ARTISTS: must have made their first film no earlier than 2019.

The MOWFF Student and Emerging Filmmaker Competition will award 8 prizes, as follows:
4 Jury Awards for Best Narrative and Documentary Short, Student and Emerging Artist
Jury Award Prizes:
-- $1,000 Cash Prize
-- $500 gift card towards production services and equipment

4 Special Mentions for Narrative and Documentary Short, Student and Emerging Artist
Special Mention Prizes:
-- $500 Cash Prize
-- $250 gift card towards production services and equipment

The 8 Prize winners will be selected from a Shortlist of 12 finalists. All Shortlisted films will have a public screening at the 2023 March on Washington Film Festival.

All Shortlisted filmmakers will also receive:
-- 2 All-Access passes to this year's MOWFF
-- An invitation to participate in the Film Empowerment Lab

**Awards subject to change.


**Projects must have been completed after September 1, 2019
**Films must have a composite optical sound
**Entries must be completed – including Vimeo link and payment – by the Extended
Deadline date
**Films may not have been released theatrically or aired on television in the U.S. prior to the festival. If the film has been screened online, the filmmaker is required to include this information in the film’s submission materials

**Submissions must be made via FilmFreeway
**Keep a copy of your completed application for reference
**Applicants can check the status of the submission by emailing:

Applicants will be notified of the festival’s decision by the end of August.

Overall Rating
  • MOWFF is more than a festival. It is a celebration of Civil Rights as a culture that honors the stories and storytellers that elevate Civil Rights narratives. It's festivals like March On Washington that create opportunities for equity in show business. Extremely humbled and honored that 'Thoughts Are Things' was selected to participate in its rich legacy.

    December 2022
  • Debbie Africa

    The March on Washington Film Festival although virtual was great!
    It was very well organized. The notice was a week in advance and well put together.
    I really enjoyed the whole experience. I loved the category break down
    of students, and/or "newbys" as opposed to the already seasoned film
    makers. Thank you Michael and I were honored to be a part of this festival.

    December 2021
  • It was my pleasure to attend at this wonderful festival...

    October 2021
  • Defne & Kaya Ceyhan

    Wonderful opportunity and great festival.

    October 2020
  • Monica Wise

    Thank you Opal and team!

    October 2020