Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition


The March on Washington Film Festival is pleased to continue its short film competition to elevate emerging and student filmmakers. Our panel of esteemed judges will review both narrative and documentary short films that focus on civil rights movements, the civil rights era and social justice issues. For 2018 filmmakers are asked to focus on the following topic: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.  

All shortlisted films will be recognized and screened during the March on Washington Film Festival in July with a one Grand Prize awarded in each of the four sections. 

Previous Winners

Student Narrative
LAWMAN, directed by Matthew Gentile set in 1875, Oklahoma Territory | SPECIAL MENTION
Vitiligo, directed by Cliff Notez | GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Time is the Longest Distance, directed by Bryan Powers

Student Documentary
A Life Before This, directed by Steffie van Rhee | SPECIAL MENTION
Unheard, directed by Erin Kokdil
FEARLESS, directed by Jasmine Cannon, Branden Hampton, and Yingxu Hao | GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Emerging Documentary
They Took Them Alive, directed by Emily Pederson | GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands, directed by Patrick Johnson
Seven Dates With Death, directed by Mike Holland | SPECIAL MENTION

Emerging Narrative
LA OPOSICION, directed by Zoey Martinson | GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Heterodox HDS, directed by Michaux Muanda
Honor Council, directed by Scott Simonsen | SPECIAL MENTION



Student Journalists Competition


The Student Journalists Competition is an initiative of March on Washington Film Festival that provides the opportunity for student journalists to work as reporters throughout the March on Washington Film Festival in July. Their coverage will result in a series of articles about the untold stories and unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Era, told through the lens of young people today. These articles will be published in various print and digital outlets around the country. In addition to the opportunity to earn bylines and interview esteemed festival guests, the students will attend a Master Class taught by a former New York Times Journalist, receive one-on-one mentorship, attend journalistic functions around Washington, D.C. and receive a $500 stipend.

The March on Washington Film Festival is proud to invest in the future of journalism and these young journalists.

2017 Student Journalists

Riddhi Sarkar, American University, Class of 2019

Courtney Bublé, George Washington University, Class of 2018

Michael Layer, Goucher College, Class of 2017

Katherine Gilyard, Howard University