We invite filmmakers of color between the ages of 16 - 25 to submit short films that center PoCs as creators and subjects. This may include films that reflect you and/or your collective identity to push the limits of typical depictions of PoCs in film, depictions which are often mischaracterized, racist, or reliant on traumatic histories.
While the content of submissions doesn’t need to explicitly focus on the topic of identity, who we are inherently shapes our work, so we welcome films that explore identity in varying degrees. Do you have a film that portrays an ideal reflection of your cultural, ethnic, or linguistic heritage? Are you working on a project that counters the prevailing interpretations of identity or culture we see around us? Are you a creator who has consciously cultivated diversity and inclusion throughout your filmmaking process? Show us how you choose to reflect yourself in your work.
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Requirements & Eligibility
- Productions must be led by people of color; we understand that filmmaking is a collaborative practice that requires teams of people with many roles and understand that there are bound to be crews comprised of people with many different identities. We invite diverse crews to submit work and will prioritize those led primarily by crews of color.
- Submissions may be located within the United States or Internationally.
- Films will be selected based on excellence in story, relation to the theme of “shifting the narrative,” production quality, and creativity/originality.
- Films must not exceed a running time of 25 minutes.
- Works-in-progress will not be admitted.
- There is no limit to the number of films you can submit. Please fill out separate entry forms for each film.
- All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
- There are no limitations on films that have already been previously showcased or screened.
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- Submissions Open – June 10th, 2019
- Regular Deadline – July 1st, 2019
- Extended Deadline - July 21st, 2019
- Notification Date – September 5h, 2019
Meet Our Judges
Aniya Wolfe, 17
Filmmaker Aniya Wolfe is a visionary transcending boundaries internationally. Aniya has directed, written, produced, and edited several projects including her own award winning full length feature film, Beyond My Skin. This thought provoking film addresses the various challenges and issues facing today's youth. In 2015, Wolfe launched Beauty Scene Productions, LLC. after recognizing the power in visuals and sound. She believes film can be used as a tool to expand perspectives. Despite her age, Since moving to LA from Philadelphia with her family in 2016, she has directed episodes of the Google web-series GodComplx, shadowed amazing sets like Grownish and Nike, and has worked on projects for artists like Bianca Ryan, Nathan Davis Jr and Tim Johnson Jr. from “The Four”.
Christina Xing, 20
Christina is a 20 year old Asian-American director, represented by Adolescent Content. She has graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy for Motion Picture Arts and is currently studying Directing at Art Center College of Design. Born and raised a small peach from Birmingham, Alabama. She’s gotten to chase cowboys, befriend sheet ghosts, slow dance with brooms and meet the man on the moon, all thanks to her ongoing friendship with the cinema. She has made several award-winning films and music videos that have been featured on outlets like the FADER, Refinery 29, OUT Magazine, The Gay Times and screened at several Oscar-qualifying film festivals all over the world. She strives to make Cassavetes for people of color. She also strives to keep her nose clean and to eat more veggies.
Jalena Keane-Lee, 24
Jalena Keane-Lee is a Director, DP, and Producer, dedicated to democratizing storytelling through uplifting underrepresented voices behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Jalena is the co-founder of Breaktide Productions, an all women of color video production company and has directed and produced national campaigns for clients like Nike, Bright Pink, and THINX, as well as producing original short films. She is a 2018 NeXt Doc Fellow and a 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which has supported shorts that have premiered at SXSW, HotDocs, and Sundance. Jalena is directing a documentary short supported by Pacific Islanders in Communications that highlights the mother daughter relationships of the Ku Kia’i Mauna, native Hawaiian activists standing for their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. Jalena is currently in production directing her first documentary feature following a young menstrual activist fighting to end the tampon tax co-produced by Stick Figure Productions.