SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019

VIDEO GUIDELINES

Film must include primarily original content (any and all secondary content must be used only with permission) and focus on a political, environmental, economic, or social justice issue facing Iowa or a community in Iowa, from a progressive perspective.

All films must include a call-to-action and/or propose solutions to the problem/issue upon which the film focuses. The film must be no longer than 15 minutes in length. First in the Nation Film Festival is open to films in any genre (documentary, short, animation, music video, etc). Filmmakers must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

SUBMISSION PROCESS & PRIZES

Entrants will submit films at Film Freeway. There is a $5 entry fee. Remember to submit your film before December 20, 2019.

The grand prize ($500), second prize ($250), and third prize ($150) winners will be chosen from the finalists. Winners will be announced live at the screening.

JUDGING PROCESS

Representatives of Progress Iowa and a panel of expert judges will review all entries and select finalists and winners based on the following criteria — originality, clarity, technical quality, creativity, ability to captivate an audience and the film’s call-to-action.

SUGGESTED ISSUES

Health care, women’s rights, rural hospital crisis, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, poverty, homelessness, child care, income inequality, privatization of prisons, K-12 education, higher education, student loan debt, climate change, clean energy, public transportation, sustainable farming, affordable housing, access to clean water… there is no shortage of issues facing our community. We look forward to highlighting films that will engage in powerful storytelling, and empower people to take action!