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Open Call for Human Rights Documentary Films

Xochitl Cristina Gil-Higuchi

May 2010

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July 1, 2014

CALL FOR ENTRIES -- Human Rights Documentary Films


Deadline for Submissions: July 31, 2014

Notification of Selection: August 15, 2014.

Film Festival: New York, October 21-23, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to promote social activism and the defense of human rights, announces an open call for documentary filmmakers with productions made in 2013 and 2014, addressing any issue related to human rights.

Selected films will be screened during ALBA’s annual human rights film festival, Impugning Impunity, in New York City, October 2014. The Official Selection of films will be decided by a panel of experts from the fields of human rights and film.

The best film from the Official Selection, as determined by a distinguished jury, willreceive the Harry Randall Award for best human rights documentary of 2014.   This honor was created in memory of Harry W. Randall, Jr. (1915-2012) who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, during the Spanish Civil War, as Chief Photographer of the Photographic Unit of the 15th International Brigade.


The jury is composed of Peter Coyote, Bryan Stevenson, and Pamela Yates.


Additional activities such as Q&A sessions with the film directors, community talk-backs with artists and activists working on human rights issues will be held throughout the festival.


Eligibility & Submission:

1.     All documentaries must address a human rights related topic;

2.     All productions must have been completed after January 1, 2013;

3.     All formats and lengths will be accepted for consideration;

4.     Special consideration will be given to young and independent filmmakers;

5.     All submissions must be submitted through


For further information, please email or visit our website at

Impugning Impunity: A Human Rights Film Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

With the support of the Puffin Foundation and Ambulante.

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