The SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Media Festival (originally the SPE Women's Film Festival) has featured innovative and provocative short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for and about women and minorities since 1995. The 2020 festival will be screened in Houston, TX, on Friday and Saturday, March 6&7, at the 2020 SPE National Conference.
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 also choose (or decline) to be included in the on-line festival on a password-protected site from June 2020-May 2021. The theme of the conference is 20/20 VISION. Preference will be given to films/videos that reflect the conference theme.

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.)

SPE membership is not required to enter the festival.
Films can only be entered in one category. Filmmakers can enter multiple films, but each film can only be entered in one category.
Films entered in previous years are not eligible.
All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway

This is a juried festival with no specific awards. Accepted films will be screened live at the festival venue. Accepted filmmakers will be notified by December 21, 2019.
Accepted filmmakers must provide a Quicktime H.264 file at the original dimensions, up to 1920px x 1080px, by Jan. 6, 2020.

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  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you.

  • Nadine Asmar

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

    April 2018
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    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
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    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
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    Response from festival:

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