NAACP Cinematic Shorts Competition

Call for Submissions

Deadline June 17, 2022, at 6:00 PM (PT.)/9:00 PM EST


The NAACP presents the 2022 “Cinematic Shorts Competition” during the 113th NAACP Convention in Atlantic City, NJ from July 13- July 20th.

This exciting competition will give SIX filmmakers/activists the opportunity to tell their stories of Social Justice.

Paired in teams of two, the filmmakers will receive video equipment and work under the guidance of a professional mentor to produce a 5-7 minute short documentary film.

Participating filmmakers will present their finished short films during the 113th NAACP Convention and attendees will vote for their favorite film. The team with the most votes will receive a full expense paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the 54th NAACP Image Awards. In addition, the winning filmmakers will receive one-on-one meetings with several high-level industry executives to help them take the next step in their careers.

This dynamic competition supports the ongoing work of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and Social Justice programs within the NAACP.


●      Must be between the ages of 18-29

●      Must submit one creative sample (video/pictures/artwork) that demonstrates your skill set and interests

●      Must submit one written statement between 250-300 words answering the following, ‘How can power be created in the black community? And why is empowering the black community important to you?’

●      Must provide your own transportation to and from Atlantic City for the competition. (Local hotel accommodations will be provided for selected filmmakers/activists based on double occupancy).

Please complete and submit this form by June 17, 2022 6 PM PST/9 PM EST


Atlantic City Convention Center

1 Convention Boulevard

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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