RYSE Youth Center seeks film fest submissions


The RYSE Youth Center is on the lookout for aspiring young filmmakers, issuing a recent call-out for film submissions for its 2016 Film Festival, with the theme “Truth be Told: Justice Through My Eyes.”

Films designated “official selection” will debut to the public on Oct. 22 at the RYSE Center. Winners will be selected by a panel of media industry and social justice judges and through a viewers’ choice award. All films chosen for showing at the festival will be awarded “official selection” certificates.  Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Music Video and Best Experimental certificates will be awarded in each age group.

The festival includes a grand prize of $275, a runner up award of $175, and a people’s choice prize of $100.

The festival and its theme, Truth Be Told: Justice Through My Eyes, was created to encourage youth voices and perspectives through film. The festival is open to young adults from 13 to 24 years of age, and films’ focus may include juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; violence/anti-violence; school to prison pipeline; criminalization of immigrants; gender justice; food justice; or education justice.

The deadline for submission is Sept. 9, and interested individuals can find out more at the RYSE website.


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