Richmond’s RYSE Youth Center is calling on young filmmakers between the ages of 13-24 to submit their work to its 2017 Film Festival with the theme, “Truth be Told: Justice Through My Eyes.” The deadline for entering film submissions is Sept. 15, 2017.
According to festival organizers on RYSE’s website, “It was created to highlight and empower youth voices and visions through film” with the aim of “[engaging] 13-24 year olds in social justice issues.”
Young filmmakers are encouraged to submit films with themes focusing on a variety of topics including: Gender equity/equality, human rights, food justice, education, economic justice, criminal legal system, environmental issues, immigration, worker rights and other similar topics.
Festival guidelines dictate that film submissions should be 12 minutes or less, with RYSE recommending eight minutes in length.
Per RYSE, shorts can be submitted in the following categories: Documentary; narrative; music video; and animation and experimental.
According to the organization, successful films designated “official selection” will debut to the public in Oct. 2017 during the film festival at a location (TBD) somewhere in Richmond, CA. A panel of media industry and social justice judges will select the winners, as will a viewers’ choice award.
Certificates will be awarded in each age group for “Best Narrative Short,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Music Video” and “Best Experimental.”
The Truth be Told festival will award a “Grand Prize” of $275, a “Runner Up Award” of $175 and a “People’s Choice” prize of $100.
“For Richmond enthusiastically encourages Richmond’s youth to cease this excellent opportunity to share their voices,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy re: RYSE’s film fest. “Film is a powerful medium that is only intensified when seen through the prism of social justice. We eagerly await the opportunity to view our youth’s films on the important topics at hand.”
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com