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America Media and Ignatian Solidarity Network Announce Social Justice Short Film Contest

August 21, 2015 — America Media and the Ignatian Solidarity Network have announced a new social justice film contest, “Voices From the Margins ’15,” for college undergrads. Winners will premiere their films at a new film festival at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice this November.

Entrants are invited to create short films focused on a variety of topics, including poverty, immigration, race, gender, human rights, the environment and ecology. Entries will be accepted from Aug. 25 to Oct. 2, 2015, and will be evaluated on three criteria: adherence to the contest theme, artistic/production merit and creativity.

The contest is open to undergraduate students and recent grads. Submissions are limited to eight minutes maximum, with no minimum length, and will be judged by a panel.

Judges were drawn from the fields of journalism, film and social justice work. They include Jesuit Father James Martin, best-selling author; Ian Brennan, creator of the FOX TV series “Glee;” E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist; Maria Shriver, journalist and former first lady of California; and Carolyn Woo, Catholic Relief Services CEO.

In early October, the top eight finalists will be announced and their films will be posted to the contest website for five days, during which visitors can view the finalists and vote for their favorites. The votes account for 15 percent of the final score, and the top-voted entry will receive a “crowd favorite” award. Official winners will be announced Oct. 15, 2015.

First prize will be a 4K Production Camera from Blackmagic Design and a trip to Washington, D.C., to screen the film at the first-ever Margins’15 Film Fest at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). Scheduled for November 7-9, 2015, the IFTJ is the largest annual Catholic social justice conference in the nation, attracting over 1,500 attendees. The top five finalists will also be screened at the IFTJ and will receive other video gear prizes.

To submit an entry or find out more, visit the official contest website at

[Source: Ignatian Solidarity Network]

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