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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Past SPE Annual Conferences

The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) has featured a film and video festival of innovative and provocative short documentaries, animation and fiction as part of the Annual Conference since 1995. The festival began as the SPE Women's Film and Video Festival and evolved into a festival featuring work curated by the organization's three caucuses, the Women's Caucus, Multicultural Caucus and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Caucus. The Society for Photographic Education is the primary academic organization for photographic media professionals and the Annual Conference draws 1200-1500 participants annually. The conference theme for 2020 is 20/20 Vision.

Venue and Dates

The 2020 SPE Media Festival will be screened at The Westin Galleria in Houston, TX, on Friday and Saturday, March 6 - 7, 2020 during the SPE Annual Conference. Filmmakers will also have the option to have their films included in a password-protected On-line Video Festival available to SPE members from June 2020 - May 2021.

Entry Fees & Deadlines

Entry fee for submissions received by 11:59 PM, August 31, 2019 is free for SPE members and $10 for non-members. SPE members must check off that they are members and enter the waiver code sent by SPE to members at checkout to receive the SPE earlybird free entry. Entry fee for submissions received Sept 1 – Oct 28  is $15. Fee for submissions received Oct 29 - Nov 18 is $25. 


  • 25th Annual SPE Women's Film & Video Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for or about women.
  • Multi Cultural Media Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction on cultural issues by, for or about people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • LGBTQ Media Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for or about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people. 


  • Filmmakers may submit different work to more than one category, but the same video cannot be submitted to multiple categories.
  • All works must be under 30 minutes, including credits; there is not completion date limitation.
  • We are looking for films that address visual, educational, and social-political issues with integrity, honesty, and justice. 
  • All rights must be cleared.
  • Filmmakers do not have to be SPE members.
  • Preference will be given to films/videos that reflect the conference theme, 20/20 Vision.

Entry Requirements

Entry via FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway entries must include the following:

  • a web link to the full video – If password protected, include password.
  • contact information for filmmaker (name, address, email and telephone number)
  • Distributor information if different than filmmaker
  • short (maximum 50 words) film synopsis
  • short director's bio (maximum 50 words)
  • awards and festival screenings, if applicable
  • exact running time (do not count color bars, black, etc.)

This is a juried festival with no specific awards. Accepted films will be screened live at the festival venue. Accepted filmmakers will be notified by December 21, 2019.

Accepted filmmakers must provide a Quicktime H.264 file at the original dimensions, up to 1920px x 1080px, by Jan. 6, 2020.

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