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Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Debuting in 2016, the Student and Emerging Filmmaker Competition gives filmmakers the opportunity to use cinematic storytelling to answer important themes like “what’s your civil right?” and “speaking truth to power.” The annual short film competition receives over 150 submissions from across the world. An esteemed jury of civil rights, industry leaders, and established filmmakers select the winners, and the shortlisted films are screened during the festival. Now in its eighth year, the competition has continued to attract industry supporters, including a diverse portfolio of funders. Prizes for this competition are funded in part by the generosity of Deborah Zipser and Craig Emanuel. 

Saturday, 9.30
10:00 AM | Film Screenings
1:30 PM | Alumni Luncheon
@ Eaton Workshop

2023 Finalists

Student Narrative Shorts

Student Documentary Shorts

Emerging Narrative Shorts

Emerging Documentary Shorts

Student Narrative Shorts

2023 Jurors

Yael Bridge

Yael Bridge is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Her feature documentary, The Big Scary “S” Word, traces the history and resurgence of socialism in the US and premiered at Hot Docs 2020 and on Hulu in 2022. Prior to that she produced Left on Purpose, winner of the Audience Award at DOC NYC, and Saving Capitalism, which was nominated for an Emmy.

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