Bresee presents its 10th Annual Film Festival on Social Justice

On May 16, 2015, over 300 people attended Bresee’s 10th Annual Film Festival on Social Justice on the topic of Immigration Reform at the Los Angeles Theater Center. The event opened with a spoken word performance and powerful youth theater piece. Wallis Locke from Assemblymember Miguel Santiago’s office congratulated the youth filmmakers for their hard work and presented certificates of appreciation. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis gave the keynote address and urged youth and their families to continue fighting for their share of the American Dream. The event concluded with the awards presentation to the top 5 student filmmakers, who received camcorders to continue to make films about the issues impacting their communities. We are thankful to our sponsors and supporters, including Time Warner Cable, HBO, Assemblymember Santiago, and Supervisor Solis.

Our Mission:

  • To inspire middle & high school students to think critically about issues impacting their community.
  • To teach skills necessary to make life-changing short videos about the issue.
  • To give student voices an audience.
  • To further the cause of social change by awarding filmmakers equipment necessary to make more films of social change.

How The Festival Works

Each festival is based on an issue of social justice that impacts our communities.  Over forty films from various youth centers and schools are accepted into the festival and screened.  Students and staff can see their films on the big screen along with films made by other students at other sites.  Camcorder awards are presented to every film that is chosen to be in the festival.

How & Why Films Are Chosen for the Festival?

Films are evaluated by a panel of influential adults including local politicians, film makers, academics and community leaders.  The films are evaluated on adherence to theme, personal point-of-view and production value.  (Less emphasis is given to production values because we understand that the playing field for equipment and film knowledge is not level.)

  1. Middle & High School age youth may submit.
  2. The video must be created, filmed and edited by youth. (Adults can serve as advisors, instructors or mentors.)
  3. The maximum length allowed is 3 minutes…NO EXCEPTIONS!
  4. No copyrighted media allowed in your video submission, including images taken from the internet or copyrighted music. NO EXCEPTIONS! (Any media in your video that was not obviously created by you must be accompanied by proof that permission has been granted or that the media is public domain.)
  5. The video must answer the question posed by this year’s theme: Immigration Reform, What Does It Look Like To You?
  6. The video can take any style, such as P.S.A. narrative fiction, music video, digital story, documentary or experimental.
  7. We will not censor your message, however, videos that we deem racist or offensive, that promote violence or hatred, that contain gratuitous cursing, sexual content or offensive language, will be removed from the film festival site and will not be considered for an award. (If you have a question whether your video is inappropriate, please contact us.)
  8. The video remains the property of the submitter, however, by submitting the film the submitter agrees to allow Bresee to use the film to publicize future festivals and to distribute the film for educational purposes.

2014 First Place Award Winner:

Previous Festival Winners:

Bresee Film Festival Coordinator
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