In today’s edition of Listen to This, contributor Andrew Wallace talks with Sophie Langlois, Director of Human Rights Docfest 2010
, and Selena Lucien, one of the documentary festival’s Community Partnership Coordinators. Human Rights Docfest is a national film festival on international human rights issues, and a partnership between Journalists for Human Rights
, the National Film Board of Canada
, and CitizenShift
. The festival aims to showcase the work of young and emerging filmmakers and documentarians as well as more established players — which is why it has two submission categories, one for films that cost less than $5,000 to make and those that cost more. Here, Andrew talks with Sophie and Selena about why the there is a need for a film festival of this type and how it aims to put human rights issues before a bigger audience. The deadline for submissions
to the film festival is June 1, 2010—so there are still two weeks left to enter. Aspiring documentarians should visit hrdocfest.com
for more details.