The Charlotte Film Festival is excited to announce the addition of a new Social Justice Award for the upcoming 8th Charlotte Film Festival held September 22, 2016 - October 2, 2016
The Social Justice Award was created to highlight a film that fights to seek justice, to enlighten and inform an audience about current issues concerning people that are marginalized, devalued or vulnerable in our society. Films considered for this award will have focused on stories of hope and courage about issues and concerns relevant to our culture and that advocate for equal opportunity and justice around these important contemporary issues.
Films eligible for the new Social Justice Award may include themes regarding Immigration, LGBTQ+ Rights, Economic Inequality, Gender Inequality, the Prison Industrial Complex, Student & Educational rights, Racial Inequality, Religious Inequality, and subjects about other rights-based oriented issues.
Festival Program Director, Jay Morong says about the new award, “Films allow viewers to look at the world through another's eyes and show us a different view of our own absorbed and limited reality. Films that focus on social issues force an audience to engage with issues and allow us to see the world in a new way; perhaps even to inspire us into action. Our hope is that the recognition a film receives for winning this social justice award will raise further awareness for the film’s subject.” In addition to the new Social Justice Award, the Charlotte Film Festival presents awards for the Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and an Audience Award.