DIRECTED BY Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein
PRODUCED BY Monique Walton, Amy Bench
FEATURING Walker Estes, Leslie Estes
EDITOR Karen Skloss
COMPOSER William Ryan Fritch
SOUND DESIGN Eric Friend
DP Amy Bench
SUBMISSIONS FOR 2023 ARE CLOSED
What is the #MyJustice Film Award ?
Odyssey Impact®, with generous support from Paramount and its initiative Content for Change Academy, is pleased to announce it’s continued partnership with DOC NYC for the 2023 season of the #MyJustice Film Award.
A $10,000 cash prize and an Odyssey Impact® led six-month National Impact Campaign will be awarded to one short film from DOC NYC Official Selections 2023. Eligible films must be 10-40 minutes in length, with a social justice theme and a strong call to action.
Eligible filmmakers (DOC NYC has accepted you as an “Official Selection” for the 2023 Festival) can review the details on eligibility and terms to apply for the award below.
The winner will be announced near the end of the DOC NYC Festival, which runs this November 8-16, 2023. Best of luck!
-See more about the 2022 winner “LONG LINE OF LADIES” below!
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What does justice mean to you? What does social justice mean exactly? It depends on who you ask. Do you stand for change on criminal justice issues, women’s rights, LGBTQIA equality, rights for the differently abled or, for the environment? We created the #MyJustice Film Award for an outstanding short social justice documentary to uplift brave films and to have healing conversations.
Odyssey Impact® is an international, award-winning, film and social impact organization that has spent the last 30 years using the power of media to challenge injustices and inspire social change.
Apply for the #MyJustice Film Award™
Eligibility & Submission Requirements for the #MyJustice Film Award™
- The short documentary film must have been accepted as an Official Selection in DOC NYC’s 2023 Film Festival.
- The Film must be between 10-40 minutes in length.
- The Film must be In English or with English subtitles.
- The subject matter of the Film must be a US-based story (it can also be a US-based story combined with a story or stories from other countries).
- The Filmmaker must provide a working link to the Film.
- Examples of types of justice topics are the following (these are not exclusive):
- Criminal/Economic/Racial Justice
- Indigenous rights
- Women’s Equality
- The deadline for entry is October 1, 2023.
- Winners will be notified at the DOC NYC Film Festival live in November 2023.
Terms & Conditions
- The Filmmaker agrees to work in good faith with the Odyssey Impact® Team who will create and produce a six-month Impact Campaign for the Film, which includes the Filmmaker attending online or in-person panels where possible.
- The Filmmaker must own the legal rights to represent and submit the Film for the #MyJustice Film Award.
- The Filmmaker understands and agrees that the Film, if selected as the #MyJustice Film Award™ winner, may be used by Odyssey Impact® and/or its partners and sponsors for promotional purposes; and the Filmmaker permits the Award, Festival and its partners and sponsors, the right to use footage from the Film (or in its entirety), stills, synopsis, titles and/or information for such promotional purposes.
- If selected, the Filmmaker will share a download of the Film and other media including clips and images to Odyssey Impact®, Inc., and will grant it the non-exclusive right to share the Film via its social media, website, and exhibition channels for a period of the 6 months during the Impact Campaign with the option to join the Corporate Catalog for a longer duration if mutually agreed upon.
- Unless the film is officially selected for inclusion as the #MyJustice Film Award™ winner, Odyssey Impact®, Inc.’s name, image or logo cannot be used in any of the film’s marketing and/or promotional materials.
- There must not be any action, suit, claim or proceeding pending, affecting or threatened against this Film or its producers, cast, or crew in connection with this Film or otherwise;
- The Filmmaker does not yet have a distributor for the Film, or alternatively the Film is not available to stream during the six-month Impact Campaign. The Film may have been shown on the festival circuit but must not have been screened publicly, virtually or in-person or otherwise, not have been broadcast, made available publicly online, commercially released or made available for download to the public. Notwithstanding the above, the Filmmaker may apply for a waiver from Odyssey Impact® , if there is an existing distributor for the Film or if the Film has been screened in contravention of any of the requirements specified in this paragraph. If an agreement is made with DOC NYC regarding the official selection, the Film will not be disqualified.
- Judging: Submitted films will be reviewed by the judges of #MyJustice Film Award, whose decision is final. The award is conditional upon signing an agreement with Odyssey Impact®, after which time, the winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and a 6-month Impact Campaign utilizing the Film.
- If selected, the filmmaker pledges in good faith that they and the characters of the film will participate with and in the award and impact campaign.
Long Line of Ladies is awarded the 2022 #MyJustice Film Award for a female-directed, short documentary giving viewers a rare and stigma-breaking glimpse into a revived indigenous tradition of celebrating and normalizing period conversations of its young women coming of age. This story uplifts the Native American Karuk tribe of Northern California’s multi-generational community, and takes a significant step towards understanding Indigenous Rights and the worldviews of Native and First Nations Peoples. The film shines a much-needed light on the urgency of women’s equality for all.
The Odyssey Impact® led six month National Impact Campaign, launching in 2023, will aim to use the film as a powerful tool and platform for education and activation, changing attitudes, opening hearts and minds, and inspiring actions for social change.
DIRECTED BY Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome
PRODUCED BY Garrett Schiff, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis, Pimm Tripp-Allen
SHOT & EDITED BY Sam Davis
MUSIC BY Forrest Goodluck & Juan Kleban
FEATURING Ahtyirahm “Ahty” Allen, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Alme Allen, and the Karuk Dance Family
The #MyJustice Film Award is made possible with the generous support from Paramount and its initiative Content for Change Academy.
The Content for Change Academy is a talent program that aims to remove barriers to entry for new storytellers, build equity, and invest in the industry’s next generation of leaders from nontraditional pathways.
Paramount’s global companywide, cross-brand initiative, Content for Change seeks to use the power of the company’s content creation ecosystem to break down the narratives that enable intolerance, hurtful stereotypes, and systemic racism to exist and grow. Informed and inspired BET’s groundbreaking campaign, Content for Change is centered on using scientific research, rigor, and data to transform ViacomCBS’ creative ecosystem across three pillars – the content it produces, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything the company does.