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Race Forward is teaming up with Working Films to present Race Flicks, a micro-film festival and track of Facing Race: A National Conference being held in person in Phoenix, Arizona as a hybrid event on November 17-19, 2022.

Race Flicks lifts up critical issues of racial justice through film and opportunities for activists, organizers, nonprofits, and others to use them to advance their work. Given that the conference will take place in Arizona, this year’s in-person program will have a special focus on stories of racial justice and equity in the U.S. southwest told by media makers who are connected to the region. Films that focus more widely on issues facing the broader United States will also be considered and included in the virtual program. As in years past, the program will prioritize filmmakers who are telling stories about their own experiences, filmmaking that is accountable to and authentically represents the people and places featured, and films that hold great potential to build power among those who are directly impacted by the issues at hand.

The deadline for application is April 4th, 2022.  We will notify all applicants of your status via email in June.

Films will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Quality of Filmmaking and Storytelling: We are looking for beautifully shot, story-driven documentaries that use powerful characters and engaging stories to educate and move audiences. Films can be long or short form (under 40 minutes).

Diversity: In addition to addressing issues of racial justice we are interested in films that depict people of different ages, abilities, national origins, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc.

Representation and Accountability: We will prioritize filmmakers telling their own story or that of their own community. For filmmakers telling stories of a community of which they are not a part, we will look for work that reflects a participatory production process that engaged the people represented in the film and films that show the agency of the community and represent a true sense of their power.

Filmmakers’ Commitment to Social Change: We want to include filmmakers who have a commitment to using their storytelling abilities to make a difference. We are interested in your plans for how your film can be used or is already being used to make change.

Timeliness of the Topic: We will prioritize films that address timely, current racial justice issues across the U.S.

For questions, please contact Hannah Hearn at hhearn@workingfilms.org.

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