2013 Call for Entries
Following the success of the 2012 CSWE Film Festival at the 58th Annual Program Meeting, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) wished to institute a film festival showcasing student films that can be used as classroom resources for social work educators and students. Submit your film to the 2013 CSWE Virtual Film Festival, which is scheduled to open June 11, 2013, and run through September 6, 2013. Complete your entry by Friday, April 5, 2013, to have your film considered for inclusion in the festival.
Why Should I Participate?
• Although deserving, the best films that deal with social work issues may not have the prominence of popular Hollywood films, depriving social work educators of films and documentaries that could enhance their teaching. The CSWE Virtual Film Festival can raise awareness of your film among educators, students, and other social work leaders.
- Student films often have a lower profile than those issued by film companies because of a lack of resources for production and dissemination. The Virtual Film Festival provides a way for your film to reach a wider social work audience, placing marketing and ordering information directly into the hands of decision makers.
- Film programs and courses at CSWE member institutions may highlight social work issues and projects in films produced, yet may not receive due attention. Through multimedia efforts such as its YouTube channel, Twitter, website, and e-newsletters, CSWE provides highly visible platforms to spotlight these worthy efforts.
- CSWE will award a $500 prize to the film that receives the Virtual Ovation Award (see below).
- CSWE wished to provide a flexible venue so that the films featured in the 2013 Virtual Film Festival could be included in social work courses and projects. Providing a virtual environment for these films enables educators and students to login according to their own schedules and to see films multiple times if desired.
Guidelines and Information
- Three nonreturnable DVDs (NTSC Region 1 or 0) of each film must be submitted for consideration.
- All films must address issues that pertain to social work education such as aging, human rights, lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgender issues, and similar areas. To ascertain if a film may be a good fit for the festival, consult the list of APM programming Tracks or review the Official Selection for the 2012 CSWE Film Festival.
- Eligible films are those produced after January 1, 2012.
- Films will be prescreened and evaluated on the basis of usefulness to social work educators and students in the social work classroom. A limited number of films will be accepted into the Virtual Film Festival. Submitted DVDs will not be returned for any reason. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
- A 50-word synopsis of the film is required.
- If your film is accepted, we will request ordering information for the film.
- Online Q-and-A sessions with filmmakers are by invitation only.
- Each film accepted into the Virtual Film Festival will be eligible for the Virtual Ovation Award. The winning film is determined by audience scores for content, presentation, technical aspects, potential benefits of the film for students/faculty members, and overall attendance. A $500 prize will be presented to the winner.
Submission Deadline and Entry Fees
Entries must be received by Friday, April 5, 2013.
Entry fee, short films (less than 40 min.): $25
Entry fee, feature films (more than 40 min.): $50