Social Justice Film Festival


Your Voice Matters!

In recent months, we've witnessed a significant amount of advocacy around social justice issues such as addressing racial injustice and systemic racism, greater access to healthcare, home and food insecurity, wealth inequality and unemployment, climate change, and more.  With that in mind, Lurie College is organizing a Student Social Justice Short Film Festival to amplify the voices of middle school, high school, community college, and university students around what social justice issues are significant to them.

Students: Submit your short films

Social Justice Film Festival Details

  • The deadline to submit a video has been extended to Monday, October 26. The film festival award ceremony and reception will take place on Friday, November 13, at 6pm.
  • Films should be between 1-3 minutes and can take a variety of creative forms - interviews, monologues, spoken word, animated, music videos, etc. - the film creators can let their imaginations determine the direction of their films.
  • Films that include languages other than English must also include English subtitles. Films that promote divisiveness, violence, hate, disrespect, and other harmful language and actions will not be posted and accepted in this competition.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of current educators, faculty, and social justice civic leaders. Winning films will be selected at the middle school, high school, and post-secondary (community college and university) levels.
  • All entries will be added to this webpage after the winners have been selected and all entrants will receive a recognition from the Lurie College of Education.
  • The winning filmmakers at each level will each receive a smartphone video rig kit (approximately $100 value) to continue making films as well as a $500 scholarship award if they enroll in a Lurie College academic program in the future.

If you have any follow up questions about participating in this film festival, contact us at or on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.

Social Justice Film Festival Origin

The Student Social Justice Short Film Festival was established by the student, alumni, and faculty member below from our Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program, where our doctoral students have been able to complete a documentary dissertation in place of a more traditional essay dissertation. Watch some samples of recent documentary dissertations at

  • Gigi Carunungan - Ed.D. student and Chief Learning Architect and CoFounder at Playnovate STEAM Learning Lab
  • Radha Aravamudhan - Ed.D graduate and Adjunct Faculty at SJSU
  • Bob Gliner - Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Faculty at SJSU