The Social Justice Film Festival returns for 2021 in partnership with popUPjustice, LLC and the Northwest Film Forum to explore all aspects of social justice.
Based in Seattle, Washington, a city known for progressive politics, technology innovation and stunning natural surroundings, the festival brings together filmmakers from around the world to encourage interaction and engagement through film and events.
The festival will include programming and speakers that bring attention to social justice concerns in the world, and celebrate the stories of groups and people who are working for a better future. We will exhibit shorts and feature-length documentaries and narrative films from the U.S. and around the world.
Featured speakers for past programs have included author of "Dead Man Walking" Sister Helen Prejean, activist and actor Danny Glover, investigative journalist Will Potter, founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas, recording artist and educator DJ Cavem, activist and former captain of the Seattle Black Panthers Aaron Dixon, Yupik elder Bobby Andrew, activist and filmmaker Sanjay Rawal, BLM organizer Darnell Moore, Rev. Harriet Walden and more.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Social Justice Film Festival highlights film and video work being done to encourage change around the world. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture of equality. This includes issues pertaining to incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racism, gender equality, the arts and rights of expression and speech, animal rights, alternative lifestyles and economies, disenfranchisement, water and food insecurity, economic disparity, homelessness, exploitation, corruption, and more. The festival will showcase works that challenge society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level.
At the time of writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. We don't pretend to know what the future will hold, and so while our hope is that we are able to meet, screen films, and have discussions in person, we may also have screenings and events online.
The Social Justice Film Festival takes place in the Fall, so we sincerely hope things are much improved by then. Ideally the festival will be in-person in our traditional Seattle area theaters, but it may be necessary to incorporate drive-in events, online streaming, or a combination of options. For reference, the 2020 event was all online streaming, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so rest assured that even our least favored option is still a great experience for audiences and filmmakers.
We are looking forward, and excited to see the projects you have been working on.
Thank you for all you do, and stay safe.
Social Justice Film Festival
The Social Justice Film Festival awards honors by jury decision in each of our categories.
Feature films - Narrative and Documentary
Short films - Narrative and Documentary
Youth Visions Showcase - Narrative and Documentary
February 28, 2021
Regular submission deadline:
March 31, 2021
Final submission deadline:
May 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance:
August 1, 2021
October 14-23, 2021
HELP US INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY. If you have:
- a subtitle track
- closed captions
- open captions
- an audio-description track
for your film, please let us know and send a follow-up email about your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Accessibility" and your film's Title. Describe the additional features i.e. subtitles, closed captions, audio description that are options with your film.
The 2021 Social Justice Film Festival in partnership with popUPjustice, LLC is hosting our 9th year of Social Justice films. Only films related to social justice are able to be reviewed, and the selected films will screen in conjunction with panel discussions and speakers over the course of the festival in October in Seattle.
Selected films must be made available for Festival presentation in digital video file. Flash drive with quicktime.mov is the preferred format. Filmmakers whose films are selected should deliver their film in an acceptable final presentation format. Failure to provide the film in acceptable format may result in the film being unable to play at the Festival.
Foreign language films must be made available with the original
language soundtrack and English subtitles.
REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS
Entry fees are not refundable.
Please be aware that in all categories, World, North American, and US
Premieres are preferred.
Films selected for screening will be notified by August 1, 2021.
Shipping (accepted films):
In most cases, shipping will be unnecessary, as files will transfer electronically.
If you opt for physical media, it will be the filmmaker’s responsibility to cover the incoming shipping
costs to SJFF. SJFF will cover the return costs to the domestic address designated by the filmmaker.
SJFF can not cover international shipping.
The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival awards honors according to jury voting in each of our categories.