Call for entries: Socially Relevant Film Festival
The call for entries for SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York is still open! But hurry, the next deadline is November 15!
Here’s a special code that you can use for 20% off your entry fee: INVITEMLUPIS
SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival NY is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human interest stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR (TM) believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate and crime.
SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York shines the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant narratives across a broad range of social issues without resorting to gratuitous violence and violent forms of movie making.
SR’s human interest stories and character driven films reflect good storytelling as shorts, documentaries, narrative features and scripts in competition.
SR films can be commercially viable and can become box office successes when distributed through the proper channels and platforms.
SR (TM) Films are enlightening, uplifting, entertaining, but most of all artistically appealing.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
SR – Socially Relevant FIlm Festival New York is a festival that focuses on socially relevant film content and human interest stories.
SR aims to showcase socially relevant films of high artistic value that educate, enlighten, entertain, and that can be commercially viable. Socially Relevant films can be funny, dramatic, romantic, adventurous, comical, suspenseful, intellectually challenging, historical, psychologically inclined, or tell a story that matters. In short, SR films can be anything BUT boring!
THE MISSION of the Festival is to spotlight filmmakers and their films that tackle the social and environmental issues of the day without relying on gratuitous violence, special effects, loud soundtracks and sensationalism to draw in an audience. The festival supports its filmmakers beyond the weeklong festival, as it showcases the selection films in other venues and at the Cannes Film Festival Doc Corner.
More information can be found at: https://www.ratedsrfilms.org
In the inaugural year as well as the second edition, two lucky filmmakers of a feature length documentary and narrative films: Small Small Thing and The Challat of Tunis, won a FREE one-week run at the QUAD CINEMA in New York under its QUADflix SELECT Program. The award was generously donated by the Quad Cinema. In the third edition of the festival the winning film Before the Spring was offered a an separate screening at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas in addition to host of other prizes. Check the festival’s website for past winners in the other categories.
This in-kind wining awards (a total value of $15-20K) cannot be exchanged for a monetary rewards. At the Jury’s discretion a Special Jury Prize is also awarded to films in the different categories.
DOCUMENTARY FILM PRIZE:
Donated by festival partner Cinema Libre Studio of Los Angeles, a leader in the field of distribution and production, the award included a DVD VOD release deal for the winning documentaries in the first two years. In the third year, the distribution award was offered by IndiePix, while Cinema Libre offered a consultation package for promoting the film and advice on how best to go about its distribution. This award may not be exchanged for a monetary reward and is solely. Check the festival website for past winners. The wining filmmaker will be offered a proper distribution agreement.
At the Jury’s discretion as special Jury Mention is also presented in this category.
SHORT FILM PRIZE:
Donated by festival partner digital distribution platform IndiePix, 5-6 titles curated by the festival from the slate of short films in the narrative and documentary categories will be released under the heading SR Socially Relevant Film Festival Collection. These will be promoted and streamed for pay per view or DVD release on the IndiePix Site. Filmmakers selected will be offered a proper distribution agreement.
One of two best screenplays submitted to the festival selected by a special jury are offered a prize courtesy of Final Draft in the form of a download certificate of the latest scriptwriting software. And in addition, InkTip offers a prize listing free of charge on their website for up to two winning screenplays, to be searched and discovered by producers looking for new works.
Also for Screenwriters:
InkTip Script Listing: A listing of the winning script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find it. InkTip Magazine: Publication of the log line in InkTip’s magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps.
Awards & Prizes
1. Grand Prize: Winning feature film. 1/2 day consultation with Candy Factory for deliverables, packaging, and promotion. Michael Aram designed – gold plated trophy… And a week-long run of the winner in the first two years. New awards are being negotiated and will be announced soon.
2. Documentary Prize: Winning Documentary Distribution deal with IndiePix. Packaging and Consultation from Cinema Libre for the winning Documentary and discounts for post production work.
Distribution on Digital Platform IndiePix. 2 year free membership to SundanceNow Doc Club. Check website for details. www.ratedsrfilms.org
3. Short films: 5-6 selected films from the documentary and narrative shorts are streamed on IndiePix.com under the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival Catalog heading. More films listed under curated festival programs on other platforms coming soon. FinalDraft scriptwriting certificates to be downloaded free of charge.
4. Screenwriting contest: Best screenplay is featured on InkTip website for free to be discovered by producers looking for scripts and is awarded a certificate from Final Draft to download the latest software.
There are additional prizes such as:
The Rated SR Social Justice Award,
The Justice and Peace Award
The Lifetime Inspiration and/ or Achievement Award
The Empowering Women and Girls Award in memory of Vanya Exerjian,
The Women Film Critics Circle Award
Best actor, Best Actress awards
Best Screenwriting Award for Competition of scripts not produced to date.
Equipment and lighting rental package from Resolution Rentals.
And other surprises, services and trophies designed and donated by Michael Aram.
The Justice and Peace Award, the Lifetime of Inspiration Award, Career Recognition Award, Empowering Women and Girls award in memory of Vanya Exerjian, and the Women Film Critics’ Circle Award in addition to cash prizes and other smaller in-kind awards.
- SMS Alum Khushnuda Shukurova, MA Media Studies ’13, Won Best Woman’s Film For “Detained” - December 1, 2020
- Call For Papers: [Frames(Windows(Mirrors))], NYU Cinema Studies Virtual Conference, Feb 19-20, 2021 - December 1, 2020
- 2020 NYWIFT Muse Awards, 12/7 - December 1, 2020