The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) has featured a film and video festival of innovative and provocative short documentaries, animation and fiction as part of the Annual Conference since 1995. The festival began as the SPE Women's Film and Video Festival and evolved into a festival featuring work that speaks to issues of concern to the organization’s three caucuses: the Women’s Caucus, Multicultural Caucus and the LGBTQ Caucus. Selected film will screen at the SPE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on March 1 – 3, 2018 and will be streamed on-line June 2018-March 2019. The Society for Photographic Education is the primary academic organization for photographic media professionals and the Annual Conference draws 1200-1500 participants annually. The conference theme for 2018 is Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood.

Rules & Terms

Narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts under 30 minutes, that address issues of concern to women, minorities, global or LGBTQ communities are eligible. All rights must be cleared. All selected films will be screened live at the conference. Filmmakers may choose whether or not to be included in the on-line festival for one year following the live festival. Preference will be given to films/videos that reflect the conference theme.

Entries must include the following information:
contact information (name, address, email and telephone number)
short (no more than 50 words) film synopsis
short director’s bio (no more than 50 words)
awards and festival screenings
year of completion
exact running time (do not count color bars, black, etc.)
distributor if applicable

SPE membership is not required to enter the festival.
Films can only be entered in one category. Filmmakers can enter multiple films.
Films entered in previous years are not eligible.