Forum on Law, Culture & Society: International Short Film Competition
The Forum on Law, Culture & Society is currently accepting submissions for our International Short Film Competition on a legal theme.
Winning shorts will be screened at the FOLCS Awards Night during the eighth annual Forum Film Festival in New York City in October 2013. Each year the Forum Film Festival features renowned filmmakers, actors, writers, journalists, public intellectuals, and members of the legal profession. The Film Festival also attracts overflowing and diverse crowds of film enthusiasts, which provides a great platform for showcasing your winning work. Past Forum guests have included acclaimed film directors Oliver Stone and Robert Benton, actor and director Bob Balaban, screenwriters Henry Bean and Larry A. Gross, and actors John Turturro, David Strathairn, Alec Baldwin, and Richard Dreyfuss, and author and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel.
“Legal theme” may be broadly construed. You are free to choose any subject in which the relationship between law and justice can be fashioned into an original visual story. For example, your film could be about rights that have been denied, harms that have gone unaddressed, the aftereffects of courtroom decisions, government regulations and statutes, or an attempt to take a new look at what “justice” really means. Last year, our entries ranged from animated dramas to reincarnation comedies to community documentaries.
Any genre—i.e., documentary, drama, animation, comedy—is permitted. Films may run a maximum of 15 minutes; there is no minimum runtime requirement.
Students of any age, independent filmmakers, and amateur/aspiring filmmakers are all invited to enter.
Awards this year include:
Best Short: This award will be given to the film that rank best highest with the judges overall in story, originality, and production quality. Awards will also be given to 2nd and 3rd runner-ups.
Best Screenplay: An award show favorite, this prize will be given to the short that has the best characters, plot, and storyline.
Personal Piece: This is a chance to tell your story about an experience with the justice system. You may do this in any way you choose—personal narrative, documentary style, interviews, pictures, clips, drawings, etc.—but you must tell YOUR own personal, nonfiction story.
Clara S. Foltz Award: Named after one of the earliest female lawyers (who argued her own case for admission to law school and went on to become the first woman Deputy District Attorney in the United States, among many other influential accomplishments) this award has been created to honor women making strides in filmmaking. To qualify for this award, the producer and/or director of the short must be a female.
Audience Favorite: The winner of this award will be chosen from among the finalist shorts by audience members at the FOLCS Awards Night.
All films will automatically be considered for Best Short, 2nd and 3rd Places, and Best Screenplay. Please indicate on the entry form if you wish to be considered for any other categories.
Deadline: Entries must be received by the end of the day on Friday, July 19, 2013.
Questions? E-mail Erin Bundra, Director of the Short Film Competition