Human rights film festivals occur around the world, from Geneva and Glasgow to Melbourne and Mumbai. They are galvanizing cultural events. Very few occur in the United States, and none in Colorado. Until now. The 3rd annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival is happening April 2018.
Now in it’s third year, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, produced by the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, seeks to awaken, connect, and transform individuals and communities. In 2017 more than 2,000 people gathered across one week to watch 16 films centered on the exploration of LGBTQ issues, access to healthcare, immigration, institutionalized racism and more – issues which touch communities at a local and global scale.
This year the festival continues a special student filmmaker section, celebrating excellence in the field of socially conscious cultural production. We invite you to submit an original work of short narrative fiction, documentary, or animated film exploring themes related to human rights for selection. The top films will be screened during the festival.
Student Film Submission in Narrative Fiction, Documentary, or Animation
- Submission dates: TBD
- Entries MUST come from students living in the WESTERN REGION OF
THE UNITED STATES (California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico)
- Entrants MUST send a photocopy of a CURRENT STUDENT ID to
- Films MUST BE 10 MINUTES OR LESS
- Films with dialogue in languages other than English MUST be subtitled in English
- Films MUST focus on themes related to human rights
- Submissions MUST include a brief film synopsis
Awards & Prizes
Juried Awards and Cash Prizes
Jurors’ First Place: $500
Jurors’ Second Place: $250
Rules & Terms
1. Entrants MUST email a photocopy of a CURRENT STUDENT I.D. to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Entries MUST be 10 MINUTES OR LESS, excluding credits. Any submission longer than 10 minutes WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
3. Entrants MUST be students studying in the WESTERN REGION OF THE UNITED STATES (California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico)
4. Submissions with dialogue in languages other than English MUST be subtitled in English
5. Entrant MUST upload their films to FilmFreeway's site
6. Films must focus on themes related to human rights
7. Submissions must include a brief film synopsis