#OscarsSoWhite Creator Launches Race-Focused Short Film Contest

By Sameer Rao Apr 09, 2018

April Reign, who turned resistance to Hollywood racism into a viral social media campaign, announced a new competition for short films yesterday (April 9). 

The media professional partnered with Audience Awards, a company that creates networking opportunities and pipelines for filmmakers, on the Race to Justice film challenge. Reign discussed the contest and several of its terms in the following Twitter thread: 

As Reign described, Race to Justice invites filmmakers to shoot shorts, with a maximum length of five minutes, about their own experiences with and views on racial justice. According to the submission webpage, Race to Justice also aims to distribute these shorts on multiple platforms and promote civic engagement among viewers. A group of judges including screen producer Effie Brown ("Dear White People") and podcast host Shaun Lau ("No, Totally!") will determine awardees across various categories, while viewers can choose their favorite film during a voting period between June 8 and 15. The jury’s choice will win a Canon C100 video camera kit, while the jury’s second runner-up and audience’s choice earn up to $2,000 in soundtrack licensing costs. 

Interested filmmakers may submit their films here until May 16.