A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project created the Justice on Trial Film Festival (JOTFF). The festival speaks to the challenges of individuals caught up in the judicial system, particular people of color. They know only too well the pain and injustice—the jailhouse beatings, solitary confinement, stop-and-frisk humiliations, selective prosecutions with the bad plea bargains and unreasonably long sentences that they suffer. According to the ACLU, women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the country with over one million sitting behind bars. Despite this fact, when talking about prison reform, they are nearly completely overlooked. JOTFF creates an opportunity to project the stories of those impacted by the injustice of mass incarceration, providing a voice that is often deafened by the negative images and stereotypes presented in the media.

Awards & Prizes

The Justice on Trial Film Festival is a juried contest. Our panel of judges include: filmmakers, entertainment executives, non-profit leaders, professors, social entrepreneurs, and authors.
Justice on Trial Film Festival will award the following:
• Top Feature in both the categories of Fiction and Documentary
• Top Short Film in both categories of Fiction and Documentary

Rules & Terms

Online Submission is exclusively through FilmFreeway.com.

All questions should be directed to: jotff@anewwayoflife.org

Following categories are:

Feature Length (Fiction & Documentary): Films 51 min – 90 min. Films must address the theme of social justice related to mass incarceration and/or the results of mass incarceration. The theme can be interpreted broadly and imaginatively. Elements of films that are represented as documentary films should have a direct connection to actual events, people, and/or places. Any variance from truthful depictions should be clearly noted. By submitting a film in this category, filmmakers take full responsibility for the assertions in their films.

Short Films (Fiction, Animation & Documentary): Films 10 min – 26 min. Films must address the theme of social justice related to mass incarceration and/or the results of mass incarceration. The theme can be interpreted broadly and imaginatively. Elements of films that are represented as documentary films should have a direct connection to actual events, people, and/or places. Any variance from truthful depictions should be clearly noted. By submitting a film in this category, filmmakers take full responsibility for the assertions in their films.

GENERAL RULES
The filmmaker must secure all rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition.

All categories require online screeners for judging (if password protected, please also provide the password). The festival reserves the right to place short film entries in alternative categories than those originally submitted as the judges deem appropriate for the form, content, and programming of the festival.

All films should be submitted online digitally through FilmFreeway.com.

Films must be available for screening during the Justice on Trial Film Festival, September 16-17, 2017. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival, though we anticipate notifying films selected to screen at the Justice on Trial Film Festival in late July.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

If your film is accepted for screening at Justice on Trial Film Festival, you agree and understand the following:

FORMAT: The filmmaker agrees to provide the festival a copy of the film for festival screening in a Blu-ray (BD) format. Two copies are required.

SHIPPING: The filmmaker is responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the screening copy to the Justice on Trial Film Festival along with press kit materials.

PUBLICITY: Upon request, the filmmaker will supply the festival with stills and other press materials in digital file format. In addition, the filmmaker should be available for interviews prior to and during the festival.

LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the festival cannot accept or assume responsibility

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