“You Belong” Video Contest - $300 award


Background: We believe that sense of belonging is crucial to students’ academic success, health and well-being. Students have raised concerns about belonging over the past few years, and the current sociopolitical climate further threatens the belonging of many of our students. We would like to invite Amherst community members to make short videos to convey the message that ALL students belong on our campus.



  • $300 will be awarded to the 1st place winner
  •  $200 to the 2nd place winner
  • $100 to the third place winner


  • Anyone in the Amherst community can enter, as an individual or as a group
  • Videos must be 30-90 seconds in length
  • Submission deadline is March 10 by email to jgifford@amherst.edu
  • Messages should be personal rather than philosophical in nature, i.e. speak from the heart, not the head
  • You may address a specific community on campus or the campus as whole
  • Messages should directly address common experiences or fears that undermine belonging. For example:
    • “I don’t feel safe”
    • “I don’t feel welcome/supported/valued/respected/protected”
    • “I have been alienated by experiences of racism/xenophobia/sexism/homophobia/ableism”
    • “I can’t be myself here”
    • “I’m worried I’m not smart enough to be here/admissions made a mistake on me”
    • “I don’t have friends”
    • “I’m the only one who is struggling”
    • You are invited to share your own experiences with belonging at Amherst, and/or offer encouragement, hope, support, empathy, friendship, and advocacy to other students
    • Please contact Jessica Gifford jgifford@amherst.edu with questions

5 College Film Festival call for submissions!


Submissions for the festival will open on January 1st, and will close at midnight on February 9th. The festival itself will take place at the Weinstein Auditorium on Smith College campus on Friday, February 24th at 7pm. Students can access a festival description, submission guidelines, and the submission form (starting 1/1) on the festival website. Additional trailers, fliers, and info will be posted on the festival Facebook page leading up to the event.

As a festival designed to foster community across the Five Colleges, this year's organizers wish to encourage submissions by students working in diverse genres and modes of film practice. Submissions will be accepted in a variety of formats, including video, 16mm, and super-8mm film. Students working on other formats, or in expanded exhibition forms, are encouraged to contact the Festival Director, Sage Lillaheart, to coordinate a submission. Please direct any questions about the festival or submission process to: 5collegefilmfestival2017@gmail.com.

Film Abroad

In 2017, Actuality Media is expanding the opportunities we offer for students to travel abroad and make short documentary films.

We are thrilled to be reaching out to inspiring changemakers in new parts of the world with our next Documentary Outreaches:

*Cusco, Peru / June 3 – July 2, 2017
*Kathmandu, Nepal / June 10 – July 9, 2017
*Estelí, Nicaragua / July 8 – August 6, 2017
*Marrakech, Morocco / July 15 – August 13, 2017

We work to make these programs fit around the university schedule, and accessible to as many students as possible. A study abroad opportunity should always be a great learning experience for the participant, and that is why our crew members explore new avenues in developing communities around the world to document the good work changemakers are doing there, and to bring that work global - and local – attention. Our Manifesto is public for all to read who want to know more about why we do what we do.

Our Documentary Outreach page has the info on the upcoming programs, and the fruit of our projects – 90 films so far – are all online .

Filmmaking Challenge

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Few topics in American society have more myths and stereotypes surrounding them than poverty – these misperceptions distort our civic and charitable efforts as well as our domestic policymaking. Stories from the Line offers a counter-narrative to the erroneous and often prejudiced stereotypes of poverty that dominate our media. The competition, open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates, asks participants to document stories from hard-working families, particularly those in both urban and rural communities who are living paycheck to paycheck with limited job security.

The winning films will be posted to the Stories from the Line website, shared with thousands of universities, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and media outlets, and the filmmakers will earn scholarships for undergraduate or graduate study – including a $10,000 scholarship grand prize. The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2017.

Impact America is a nonprofit organization that engages college students and recent graduates in addressing community needs, empowering a generation to promote positive change through collaborative efforts in the communities we serve. A major goal of this project is to provide a platform to college students and recent graduates to help educate the public about the challenges that the majority of working families face on a daily basis while raising their families, seeking well-paying job opportunities, and helping advance their children’s education.



March 30 – $40 student rate ($50 regular)

May 20 – $50 student rate ($60 regular)

July 6 – $65 student rate ($75 regular) 


April 20 – features: $35 student rate ($45 regular) / teleplays and shorts: $25 student rate ($35 regular)

May 20 – features: $45 student rate ($55 regular) / teleplays and shorts: $35 student rate ($45 regular) 


April 20 – $25 student rate ($35 regular)

May 20 – $35 student rate ($45 regular)

Students can save $10 off film and screenplay entries by submitting directly through www.austinfilmfestival.com or FilmFreeway (film submissions only) and using the promo code AFFSTUD10 (Discount is not accessible through WithoutABox) 


Student must e-mail proof of current enrollment—in the form of an official transcript or a letter signed by faculty on school letterhead—to programming@austinfilmfestival.com for film submissions or screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com for script submissions, along with the film or script title and ID number found in the confirmation e-mail.

For further information about these discounts including student rates to attend the Conference, please click here. For more information about our competitions, please click here.

We would appreciate it if you could pass this information on to your students. If I can assist you and your students in any way, please email me at this address. We look forward to receiving your students’ submissions!


Nan Foley

Austin Film Festival

1801 Salina St.

Austin, TX 78702

512-478-4795 | 512-478-6205 (fax)




The 1st Annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma, September 26-28 2016
Deadline for proposals: March 11th 2016

The Center at the University of Central Oklahoma, composed of the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center, invites proposals for presentations at the first annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, which will take place September 26-28, 2016 in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The organizers of this international interdisciplinary conference welcome proposals for presentations in a variety of formats that address issues of gender and sexuality in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and fine arts. We invite students, faculty, staff, scholars, and activists to propose papers, panels, round table discussions, and poster presentations. We also welcome proposals to present or perform creative work including creative writing, drama, music, and visual art.

Send a 250-350 word abstract about your project by March 11th to thecenteratuco@gmail.com

Also - please forward this to any other Listservs or any other student, academic, scholar, activist, performer, artist, or anyone else who would be interested in the Conference.

Additional Information:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCenteratUCO

Film on location in New Zealand

Click here to find out more about this opportunity!

Screen Tools: A four-week practical course for emerging filmmakers. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry here, and create your own short drama.

Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to set you up with the tools you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries.

This course is ideal for recent screen production graduates, or students with an interest in filmmaking looking for a study abroad experience. 

Under the guidance of experienced actor, producer, director and tutor, John Callen, as well as guest tutors from the television industry, you will work with a team to develop a complete short episodic drama. From script production to post production you will experience the entire process, developing your creative and technical skills in drama scripting, acting, directing and producing.

You will have access to our high-end production and editing equipment and facilities to produce multi-camera recorded scenes in our television studio, as well as shooting on location in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland.

In a time when people are more often turning to new digital platforms for their media consumption, Screen Tools places a focus on the “saleable” value and digital delivery of your final piece. With your production team, you will decide on a target audience and the mode of broadcast for your production.

Course field trips include a visit to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, and a visit to the Academy Award® winning Weta Workshop in Wellington.


Phoenix, April 6, 2015- The second annual Defeat Melanoma Video Contest is officially open and invitations for entry were sent to more than 250 colleges and universities across the U.S.

This highly anticipated contest is a campaign of the Jeff Dulude Melanoma Foundation and strives to increase awareness of UV exposure, the root causes of melanoma. In August of 2014, the Surgeon General declared the increase in skin cancer is a national emergency and stated that UV exposure is the main culprit. Melanoma is increasing at 2% per year in the US, while other cancers are decreasing.

Contest entry information:

The 2015 Defeat Melanoma Video Contest is open to registered college students 18 years or older. Entrants will create a public service announcement (PSA) video, which highlights the harm of UV exposure. Possible video topics include: avoiding sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and hats, and of course, avoiding tanning beds. 

First, second and third place winners will be awarded. In addition to national recognition, each winner will receive a Go Pro camera. The contest is held in honor of May is Melanoma Awareness Month, therefore, entries will be accepted through May 31st, 2015.

Submissions can be made through the Edgemakers’ website, www.edgemakers.com.

Watch the 2014 winner Quinn Muphy’s video here (or below)...

The Jeff Dulude Melanoma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and sponsoring the development of innovative programs focused on increasing awareness regarding the prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer.

For more information visit www.jeffduludemelanomafoundation.org.


Womensphere Global Videofest

Official Invitation for Female Students

I am writing with an Official Invitation for your female students to represent Amherst College and participate in this international interscholastic competition, taking place globally and virtually on February 5-11, 2016, which we are doing in partnership with global organizations like NASA, IEEE Women in Engineering, ACM Women, and the United Nations:

Womensphere Global Videofest

Global, virtual, interscholastic competition inviting female students from all majors and all years (graduate, undergraduate) to create short videos envisioning solutions to the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Website: www.globalvideofest.org

The Womensphere Global Videofest is a global initiative that empowers the next generation of women to create and envision solutions to humanity's greatest challenges, and to help achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, using video and video technology.

This international interscholastic competition is exclusively for female students currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, regardless of year (graduate, undergraduate), field, or major.

We are delighted to invite and accept female Student Contestants representing Amherst College

Global Context

On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders representing 193 nations agreed on working towards achieving 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development over the next 15 years, intended to tackle the greatest challenges we face all over the world: ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. (Website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org)

Achieving all these goals requires democratizing innovation, and requires empowering the participation of women – half the world’s population – in solving and tackling these challenges. 

It is insufficient to have Gender Equality as one of the Global Goals.  In order to achieve these 17 Global Goals, we need to unleash the vision, creative ideas, scientific thinking, innovation, leadership, and problem-solving capabilities of women towards tackling these global challenges, and towards creating the future.

This is the guiding purpose behind the Womensphere Innovation Lab, which pioneers, incubates, and scales innovative approaches of empowering women and girls to create the future, and which is the main producer of these global competitions under the Womensphere Foundation.


  • January 15-February 4, 2016: Online Learning Sessions & Preparatory Sessions for Student Contestants (Optional)
  • January 31, 2016: Deadline for Contest Registration
  • February 5, 2016: The challenges for the contests will be announced to confirmed Contestants
  • February 5-11, 2016: Womensphere Global Videofest interscholastic competitions take place globally, virtually
  • February 11, 2016: Entry submission deadline online
  • March 3-5, 2016: Over 100 Global Finalists will be announced
  • April-September 2016: Global Finalists will enjoy media coverage, exhibits, social media promotion, book inclusion, and exclusive meetings with global leaders
  • June 2016: Global winners are announced
  • September 2016: Womensphere Awards are given at a Global Award Ceremony in New York City, during the week of the UN General Assembly
  • September – November 2016: Media coverage on Global Winners

There will also be additional Awards for actively participating academic institutions sending high numbers of Student Contestants and having the most winning entries.


We encourage you to have Official Student Contestants representing your institution, as well as openly inviting other female students to participate as well.

There is a two-step Registration and Entry Submission process for Student Contestants:

Part 1: Registration (links below):

Registration confirms a Student Contestant’s commitment to participate in the global competition.

Deadline for Contest Registration is January 31, 2016.

Everyone in the team and individual competitions must be registered by the Deadline.

There is a USD $5.00 Registration Fee for each Student Contestant (whether graduate or undergraduate).

In advance of the competition, Womensphere will be offering Registered Contestants with Online Learning Sessions & Preparatory Sessions throughout January and February 1-4, 2016, so we encourage all Student Contestants to register to join as early as possible.

Womensphere Global Videofest (team competition)

Website:  www.globalvideofest.org

Registration: http://globalvideofest.eventbrite.com

Womensphere will authenticate each of the Registrations to ensure Student Contestants abide by the Contest Rules and Mechanics.

Part 2: Entry Submission

  • Only Registered Contestants will receive the link for the Entry Submission Forms for their respective competition, which will be issued the day before the Competition, on February 4, 2016.
  • All entries must be submitted through our Entry Submission platform.
  • Each entry from an academic institution must be accompanied by a certification authenticating that the Student Contestants are truly currently-enrolled female students at the academic institution (this is up to the Student Contestants to secure from the academic institution.)
  • Deadline for all Entry Submissions is February 11, 2016.

We invite your office’s support and hope that you can help facilitate the participation of outstanding and promising female students to represent Amherst College in the Womensphere Global Videofest.