Call for Submissions to ‘Voices from the Margins’ Film Contest

Last year, America Media and Ignatian Solidarity Network received more than 70 entries from over 50 colleges and universities to their annual college social justice film contest Voices from the Margins. Creighton University student Nico Sandi won both First Prize and the Audience Choice award for his short film “Stones,” a documentary on the death penalty in Nebraska, which was shown at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) Filmfest in November 2015.

The call for submissions for Voices from the Margins ’16 is now open! All college and university students and recent graduates are invited to submit short social justice films. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016 for the chance to win production equipment from Blackmagic Design and a free trip to Washington, D.C. to screen the film at IFTJ 2016.

Read more about Voices from the Margins ’16 here!

Social Justice Film Contest for College Undergraduates

America Media and the Ignatian Solidarity Network announce a brand new social justice film contest, Voices From the Margins ’15. College undergraduates are invited to create short films focused on a wide breadth of topics, including — but not limited to — poverty, immigration, race and gender, human life issues and human rights, the environment and ecology.

Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges, including leaders in the realms of journalism, film, and social justice work. Panelists include WGBH Boston VP John Bredar, creator of the FOX hit series “Glee,” Ian Brennan, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jesuit priest and best-selling author James Martin, S.J., Pulitzer-winning journalist and human rights advocate Sonia Nazario, HBO documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, WNBC anchor Shiba Russell, NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert, Emmy-winning journalist Maria Shriver, and Catholic Relief Services president Carolyn Woo.

Winners receive prizes including camera gear from BlackMagic Design, and the top finishers will premiere their films at a new film festival at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/) this November 8, 2015. The IFTJ is the largest annual Catholic social justice conference in the nation, attracting 1,500-plus attendees.

To submit an entry or find out more, visit the official contest website filmfest.americamedia.org. Deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015.