More Than Music is Soundstripe’s community initiative that was created to establish authentic and meaningful relationships amongst creators through events, philanthropy, and the sharing of stories that need to be heard. Soundstripe is proud to be partnering with the 9th Annual Justice Film Festival to amplify the voices of Black Creators in film through their collaborative grant program, More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants.

About Soundstripe

Founded in 2016 out of a desire to provide a consistent and stable income for musicians, Soundstripe is a subscription based media service for filmmakers who need access to high-quality royalty free music, sound effects, and stock video to help them realize the full potential of their ideas.

To date, Soundstripe has issued over 5 million licenses to its customers in over 140 countries. Additionally, they were named one of the Top 5 Fastest-Growing Private Media Companies in the U.S. (Inc. 5000 list in 2020) and named The Tennessean's #1 Top Workplace in 2019 for small businesses.

About Justice Film Festival

Justice Film Festival is the premier showcase for films that celebrate social justice and affirm the sacred dignity of all people. 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. Our annual film festival takes place in New York City at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

(1) Grand Prize: $1,500, One year of Soundstripe Music & SFX, and Official Selection and two passes to The 9th Annual Justice Film Festival at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in New York City November 10-13, 2021*

(2) Runner Ups - $500, One year of Soundstripe Music, and social media post including finished film on Soundstripe and The Justice Film Festival’s platforms

*Filmmakers will be invited to attend, however we are not offering travel or accommodations for this aspect of the prize.


We are looking for short films (20 minutes max) in development and/or pre-production by Black filmmakers in the USA. All pitches must include a video pitch of your idea (up to 2-minutes in length). In addition to your video pitch, we’ll need a written pitch in some format. This could be a treatment, script, mood board, logline and synopsis, etc. To reiterate, we are NOT looking for finished films. We welcome pitches from all filmmakers, but to be eligible for cash prizes & festival screening submitted films must meet the following criteria:

- All pitches must include a video pitch of your idea (up to 2-minutes in length)
- Must include written pitch in some format.
- One of the creative principals (writer/director/producer) must be Black (Individuals may identify as African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino or other.)
- Required length of completed film is no more than 20 minutes.
- We are not considering episodic works at this time.
- We are not providing financial assistance for festival submissions.
- We are not providing financial assistance for travel/lodging to the Justice Film Festival
- All genres are welcome but we encourage you to focus on concepts that are centered on redemptive stories of marginalized people and ecosystems bravely overcoming challenges or other topics and conversations around Social Justice
- You MUST include links to previous work - we need to have a sense of how you work.
- You must include your bio - we want to know about you!
- Submissions must be received before March 21st at 11:59pm CST

Please note, it is FREE to submit your entry via FilmFreeway.


More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants can only accept original pitches that do not infringe on the copyrights or intellectual property rights of any third parties, engage in defamation, or infringe privacy rights. Only one project may be submitted per person. All submissions must be submitted through FilmFreeway.

The selection process will be carried out at the discretion of the organizers and may not be disputed by entrants. For inquiries relating to the entry guidelines, or to request a list of winners, please contact us at and reference Black Filmmakers Grant.

Final deadline for submissions is March 21st at 11:59pm CST.

In addition to the above, More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants submitters must: be 18 years or older, submit their work in English, and winners of the contest must be in the United States to accept the prize. This contest is open to US residents only.



More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants, Soundstripe, Justice Film Festival, or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original intellectual property or pitch submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the pitches submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made. By entering this contest you are agreeing to joining the email lists of our partners, Soundstripe, Justice Film Festival, and Docs/ology. You may unsubscribe at any time.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of an entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants, Soundstripe Inc., Justice Film Festival, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, judges, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the More Than Music: Black Filmmaker Grants and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of Soundstripe Inc., Justice Film Festival, Docs/ology and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified.

Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged, illegible, incomplete, garbled, or undelivered submissions; (ii) fraud, technical problems, failures, malfunctions, or for any other technical problems or malfunctions associated with any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, provider hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or any combination thereof; (iii) any damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from any participation or activity in connection with the contest; or (iv) any incorrect or inaccurate information provided, published, or printed or any other factor beyond the Sponsor’s control that impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. THE RELEASED PARTIES (A) MAKE NO WARRANTY, GUARANTY, OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND CONCERNING THE GRAND PRIZES (OR ANY PORTION THEREOF), AND (B) DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY.

ENTRY TO THIS SKILL-BASED CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

All submissions must meet the Contest entry requirements described in these Official Rules. Eligible Submissions will be evaluated based on the following weighted criteria:

1. Originality (50%)
2. Creativity of presentation (50%)

On April 30, 2021, a panel of three judges selected by the Sponsor will judge eligible Submissions based on the criteria above and select the winner of the Contest (the “Winner”). The Winner will be the Submission with the highest total points. In the event of a tie, the Judges will re-judge the tied Submissions using the Criteria until such time as a winner is determined. The judges’ decision will be final and binding. The odds of winning will depend on the nature, quality and number of eligible Submissions.

The Sponsor will reasonably attempt to notify the Winner by mail, telephone or e-mail address provided in the Winner’s Submission. The Winner will have ten (10) business days to respond in order to claim the Prize (as described below). If any Winner notification is returned as undeliverable or if Winner does not respond to notification within ten (10) business days of the date of notification, the prize may be forfeited. The Winner may be required to execute any further documents that may be reasonably required by the Sponsor. In the event it is determined that a potential Winner has not complied with these Official Rules, the Sponsor is unable to contact the Winner within a reasonable time period, the Winner has failed to execute and return any required documents, or has made false statements, the Winner will be disqualified and required to promptly return to the Sponsor any portion of the Prize previously paid to the Winner. If a Winner dies, or is disqualified for any reason, at the Sponsor’s sole discretion, the Entrant with the next highest score using the above criteria may be declared the winner of the Prize.