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 3 of the organization's caucuses, the Women's Caucus, Multicultural Caucus and LGBTQ 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 2019 is, The Myths of Photography and the American Dream.
The 2019 SPE Media Festival will be screened at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 2019 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 2019 – March 2020.
Earlybird entry fee for submissions received by 11:59 PM, August 31, 2018, is free for SPE members. During checkout on FilmFreeway, you must "check" that you are a member, and enter the discount code sent by SPE via email on July 2nd. Earlybird entry fee for non-members is $10. Entry fee for all submissions received September 1 - October 31 is $15. Fee for submissions received November 1 - November 15 is $25.
Entry via FilmFreeway
FilmFreeway entries must include the following:
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, 2018.
Accepted filmmakers must provide a Quicktime H.264 file at the original dimensions, up to 1920px x 1080px, by Jan. 4, 2019.
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Learn more about sponsor & exhibitor opportunities for the 56th Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH!