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.


  • Work completed after January 2023
  • 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.


February 23, 2024, 5:00 p.m.


The selected films will be shown April 2-3, 2024 in the Bright Family Screening Room.


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 (l_marc_fields[at]emerson[dot]edu)

Works in progress will be considered for mentoring, provided the documentary is completed by the deadline (March 13, 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. Note: You must log in via DUO to access the form. Contact web_request [at] emerson.edu (web_request[at]emerson[dot]edu) if you encounter any issues.

Submit Your Film


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.


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