“Unfinished Work” - MLK Jr. Film Festival
Advancing Dr. King’s Legacy of Racial Equity

Making America America

CALL FOR TEEN SHORT FILMS (Films must be made by students 18 or younger)

CALLING ALL TEEN FILMMAKERS! If you are in middle school or high school and have a short film that focuses on issues of racial equity then please submit your film by midnight, December 26th, 2021 (NEW Extended deadline)

We are looking for short films that explore, acknowledge, challenge, disrupt, and shine a light on institutional and structural racism.

All winning films will premiere at:
“Unfinished Work”
Advancing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Racial Equity
Virtual Event - January 13th at 6 pm, 2022

This community event is hosted by New Roads School in conjunction with The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition featuring young orators, filmmakers, musicians, and artists to move forward the Legacy of Dr. King.
Mark your calendars to virtually attend “Unfinished Work”: Advancing Dr. King’s Legacy of Racial Equity on January 13 at 6 pm, 2022

Questions? Contact Michelle Bernstein at mbernstein@newroads.org

Short Films (2 - 5 minutes)
Music Videos

Impact Films (30 seconds - 2 minutes)
PSAs, Short informational films or films that invite the viewer to take a desired action.

Best Short Film (middle school)
Best Short Film (high school)
Best Impact Film (middle school)
Best Impact Film (high school)
Audience Choice Award

Prizes will be available for winners.


All subject matter must be related to racial equality
Open to U.S. and International Students
Films must be under 5 minutes  
Films must be made by students in Middle School or Upper School
Adult participation should be limited to coaching or acting.
All music, images, and videos must be cleared or copyright-free.
By submitting your film to our Festival you grant us the right to use excerpts in our promotion on social media or our websites.
Films in languages other than English must include English subtitles
Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway by 11:59 pm PST on Dec. 26th, 2021

The films will be judged and scored.
The films with the highest scores will be selected and screened at the festival.  
Judging criteria include Theme, Creativity/Originality, Vision, Technical Skills (Cinematography, Editing, Sound), Coherency.

The film competition is free to submit to.
Films will begin to be accepted on October 1st, 2021.
The final date for submission is 11:59 pm on Dec. 26th, 2021 (no exceptions)
Selected films will screen at the virtual event on January 13th, 2022 @ 6 pm  

You’ll want to make sure your film is online on either youtube/Vimeo or google drive.
Go to: https://filmfreeway.com/UnfinishedWork
Hit the Submit now button and sign up to proceed with submission.

Selected films and filmmakers will be notified on or around Dec. 30th, 2021 via email
We reserve the right to disqualify any film that does not meet the above eligibility requirements.

Overall Rating
  • Beautiful festival! Thanks to the festival I was able to show my film in the United States

    January 2021