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 films will screen at the SPE Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on March 7-9, 2019 and will be streamed on a password-protected site June 2019-March 2020. 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 2019 is The Myths of Photography and the American Dream .

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.

Overall Rating
  • Shihyun Wang

    It is a festival with 24 years history and a major event attended by many. We are so happy and proud that our film "From Rooftop to Enchanted Land" was screened there. It is an event you don't want to miss.

    March 2019
  • Nadine Asmar

    It is such a great event and festival. It was an honor having our film in it !

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. It was a pleasure to screen your work.

  • Adrian Alarilla

    I was planning to attend, but unfortunately wasn't able to. Nevertheless, the organizers were very responsive and hospitable. Thank you very much for showing my film!

    March 2018
  • Ayerim Villanueva

    Great Film Festival! All the best!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you.

  • Jonathan Johnson

    Amazing, low key way to see great work and meet the jurors and fellow filmmakers. Thanks for putting this on!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Jonathan. It was a pleasure to meet you and view your film.