A Festival of Outstanding Student Documentary Work from Emerson College

The purpose of It’s All True is to showcase student documentary work and to encourage interest in documentary production at Emerson College. In addition to the festival screenings, the host/presenter is a leading documentary filmmaker (previous guests include Academy Award-winners Barbara Kopple and Peter Davis, and Stanley Nelson, Jennifer Fox and Ross McElwee) who also visits documentary classes and meets with student filmmakers. Early submissions of work-in-progress are accepted and encouraged; documentary faculty may provide feedback for revisions that will increase the likelihood of being selected.

Eligibility

  • Work completed after January 2020
  • Recommended length is under 30 minutes, but longer works will be considered.
  • Students may submit directly or faculty may nominate non-fiction projects from any Emerson College class, undergraduate or graduate, or from any co-curricular group. Documentary-experimental hybrids are welcomed. Mockumentaries are not.

Deadline

February 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

Festival

The selected films will be shown in early April 2022 in the Bright Family Screening Room.

Submission

Projects can be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube (if password protected please provide password) or shared via Google Drive. Submit link with cover page (name, title, running time, completion date, 50 word synopsis) to Professor Marc Fields, L_Marc_Fields [at] emerson.edu

Works in progress will be considered for mentoring, provided the documentary is completed by the deadline (March 14, 5:00 p.m.) for making the DCP.

There is no limit on the number of submissions you can make. Just resubmit the form for each production.

Selection

Selection for the festival will be made by the Festival Committee comprised of Emerson VMA faculty and staff. A nationally-known documentary filmmaker will participate in the judging and screenings.

Awards

The Riley Fund will provide a $500 award for Outstanding Social Action Documentary.  Other prizes include film/video services and rentals, cinema and professional group memberships, and equipment and software coupons and vouchers.

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