Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition

The March on Washington Film Festival is pleased to continue its short film competition to elevate emerging and student filmmakers.

Go to Film Freeway or Withoutabox for more details and to submit your film.

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

Submit on Withoutabox

Past Winners

Emerging Documentaries
An Act of Worship | Directors: Nausheen  Dadabhoy, Sofian Kahn | GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2018
A Space For Growth (and Cuts) | Directors: Conduet (Maritza Navarro and Devon Thompson) |SPECIAL MENTION, 2018
The Petition in Boots | Director: gleichenhaus, 2018

They Took Them Alive, directed by Emily Pederson | GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2017
Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands, directed by Patrick Johnson, 2017
Seven Dates With Death, directed by Mike Holland | SPECIAL MENTION, 2017

Emerging Narratives
Interference | Directors: Robin Rose Singer, Ruya Koman , 2018
Our Nation | Director: David Mallin | SPECIAL MENTION, 2018
Pagg | Director: Nardeep Khurmi | GRAND PRIZE, 2018

LA OPOSICION, directed by Zoey Martinson | GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2017
Heterodox HDS, directed by Michaux Muanda, 2017
Honor Council, directed by Scott Simonsen | SPECIAL MENTION, 2017

Student Documentaries
Born to Stay | Directors: Daniela Cruzat, Farrah Lopez  | GRAND PRIZE, 2018
Two Steps Back | DirectorR. Kayeen Thomas   | SPECIAL MENTION, 2018
When Mother Goes to Work| Director: Azar Kafaei, 2018

A Life Before This, directed by Steffie van Rhee | SPECIAL MENTION, 2017
Unheard, directed by Erin Kokdil, 2017
FEARLESS, directed by Jasmine Cannon, Branden Hampton, and Yingxu Hao | GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2017

Student Narratives
Crick in the Holler | Director: Ursula Kay Ellis  | SPECIAL MENTION, 2018
Life After| Director: Ria Tobaccowala, 2018
Riverment| DirectorShayla Racquel -- GRAND PRIZE, 2018

LAWMAN, directed by Matthew Gentile set in 1875, Oklahoma Territory | SPECIAL MENTION, 2017
Vitiligo, directed by Cliff Notez | GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2017
Time is the Longest Distance, directed by Bryan Powers, 2017


Student Journalists Fellowship

The Student Journalists Fellowship is an initiative of the March on Washington Film Festival that provides an opportunity for five college-level journalists to learn about the essential role that reporters have in shaping and preserving Civil Rights in a society, while giving them a chance to step into that role themselves. 

The fellows will receive in-depth training on social justice reporting through a series of workshops and professional development sessions, resulting in a final media project on a Civil Rights topic that the country is faced with today. Students will have the opportunity to pitch their final projects to media outlets around the country. Each fellow will also earn a cash 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
'Project Awareness' looks back at 1961 debate between Malcolm X and Bayard Rustin |Michigan Chronicle
Doc Explores how a Quiet Revolution in Baton Rogue Changed History |NBCBLK

Michael Layer, Goucher College, Class of 2017
Documentary explores how a group of black intellectuals found solace in Paris | The Undefeated

Katherine Gilyard, Howard University
9th Wonder Talks 'The Hip Hop Fellow' at the March on Washington Film Festival | Vibe Magainze

Courtney Bublé, George Washington University, Class of 2018
Rust College and College Activism | The South Reporter