“Behold I Will Do A New Thing” is the theme for the Nehemiah Film Festival’s debut year. The Nehemiah Film Festival is brought to you by the Nehemiah Project LA and will coincide with the Zoe Association International Conference and Festival as champions of positive change. The Nehemiah Project LA works to shine a spotlight on the plight of foster youth exiting from the foster care system, and the challenges they face in obtaining a stable and productive future. This festival will provide a platform for inspiring independent filmmakers as well as encourage filmmakers who have been in the foster care system and orphans or those without family support in other countries to submit films in our special category. The Nehemiah Film Festival introduces new categories for Spoken Word expression, stand-up comedy in addition to short films, narratives, documentary and more.

Keith David will be our special host for opening night. Keith David is a classically trained actor, winning 3 Emmys out of 6 nominations as well as being nominated for a Tony award. He starred in the recently concluded TV series "Greenleaf" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Upcoming films include "Horizon Line" with Allison Williams ("Get Out") and "Black As Night," for Amazon. On the big screen, Keith co-starred with Chadwick Boseman in "21 Bridges". Prior credits include "Night School" with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish and "Tales from the Hood 2". Additional titles include the Academy award-winning films "Crash" and "Platoon." He is widely recognized for appearing in the highly-acclaimed films Disney's "The Princess and the Frog", "Requiem for a Dream", "Men at Work", "They Live", "There's Something About Mary", and "The Thing." In addition to his versatile acting and voiceover work, Keith is also a remarkable singer. He's has been touring in 2 shows, "Too Marvelous for Words", in which he portrays the legendary singer Nat King Cole, and a show about the incredible Blues singer Joe Williams, "Here's to Life.”

We recognize that Artists put their heart and soul into their work yet may not have a venue to show it off. This venue presents an opportunity to show work on a global scale and to grow a fan base.

We will partner with media outlets such as Sahara TV and Hosanna Broadcast Network with viewership around the world exposing the films to millions of viewers. In addition, The Zoe Association has a global network of churches, businesses and nonprofits (NGOs) in Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean and Latin America.

The Nehemiah Film Festival will offer some exciting festivities. There will be a mixture of live-stream and virtual events. We will have a red-carpet event and mixer along with workshops, Q&A, panel discussions, surprise celebrity guests and our new Spoken Word category which will give inspiring filmmakers a platform to introduce this unique expression of art on film.

Films enrich our lives and our an expression of thought and imagination. We are excited to share these expressions of art on this new and evolving platform. We will see you in 2021!

We want to support the filmmakers and we realize that Covid-19 has caused delays in film productions around the world. Therefore, to continue to show our support, we will not increase the entry fee for submissions. The submission fee will remain fixed at the regular deadline fee schedule.

There will be cash prizes and awards in the following categories:

Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Spoken Word
Best Stand-up Comedy
Best Experimental film
Best Film Produced, Written or Directed by Foster Youth/orphans
Best Student Film
Best Faith Based Film
Best Diaspora Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Web Series
Best Science & Technology Film


The Nehemiah Film Festival accepts all fiction and non-fiction film genres. We will not show films with graphic violence, nudity or pornography or films containing explicit content will not be accepted.

The producer grants Nehemiah Film Festival the rights to:
Exhibit the film for the duration of the Festival, in a programmed session.

The producer warrants to the The Nehemiah Film Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material.

All entries screened must have been completed after January 1, 2018. No premiere status required. Please note: there are no fee waivers offered.

If your film is selected for the Festival, you will be sent an email confirmation by June 5, 2021.

All International submissions with non-English dialog must have English sub-titles.

All films must be submitted with an online screener. All projects must be submitted via secure online screener uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

We DO NOT accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links via email, they MUST be attached to your submission.

You may only enter one film in one category. Please do not enter the same film in multiple categories. You may enter multiple projects.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

The undersigned agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute and the Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by the Institute, the Festival, or any Nehemiah related parties, at any time in connection with the Project or the Institute’s use, handling, consideration or exhibition thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by the undersigned to the Institute, the Festival or any Nehemiah Related Parties, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

Overall Rating
  • Lee Hyoungjoon

    Best festival experience ever! :)

    August 2021