act. Film Festival – Call for Entries

act. Film Festival – Call for Entries

Dear Student Filmmakers,


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 2nd annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival is happening April 14 – 21, 2017.


Now in its second year, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, produced by Colorado State University, seeks to awaken, connect, and transform individuals and communities. In 2016 more than 1,000 people gathered across one week to watch 18 films centered on the exploration of LGBTQ issues, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homelessness, civil rights and more – issues which touch communities at a local and global scale.


This year the festival launches 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 on the festival’s closing day. 


Submission Details


Student Film Submission in Narrative Fiction, Documentary, or Animation

Rules and Terms

–           Submission Dates:  February 1 – February 28th, 2017

–           Enter your film at filmfreeway.com, or actfilmfest.org

–           Entrants must send a photocopy of a current student I.D. to lindsey<at>actfilmfest.org

–           Entries must come from students living in the Intermountain West Region of the United

            States (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico)

–             Films must be 10 MINUTES or less

–             Films 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


Juried Awards and Cash Prizes

Jurors’ First Place: $500

Jurors’ Second Place: $250



Scott Diffrient

ACT Human Rights Film Festival Program Director


  • Questions? Contact: lindsey<at>actfilmfest.org, or (970)491-6036

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