The Amnesty International Film Festival was launched in the United States in Seattle in 1992 with the purpose of showcasing the best in documentary and fiction filmmaking related to human rights. Both because of the tremendous global reach of Amnesty International, and because they have focused on building relationships directly with filmmakers, production companies, television stations, and other film festivals around the world, the Amnesty International Film Festival is able to offer programming that in many cases will simply never be seen anywhere else in the U.S. These include dozens of documentary films—some feature length and others shorter—some fiction films, animated pieces, and occasionally foreign broadcasts that are otherwise inaccessible to U.S. audiences. In addition, the Amnesty International Film Festival is also proud to screen some of the most noteworthy and celebrated documentary films made in the U.S. each year, including many that will go on to air on PBS, HBO, or other networks. The festival also takes pains to include archive presentations of classic feature films from major studios with strong human rights content that help us to place today’s issues in an important historical context
While public education is at the center of the festival's mission, the festival goals do not stop there. As a program of the world's largest human rights organization, the Film Festival also draws heavily on Amnesty International's experience as a worldwide campaigning movement. Amnesty International strives to offer concrete opportunities to create positive change for those who are moved by what they have seen.
From Urgent Actions® on individual cases of human rights abuses, to regional action networks focusing on specific areas of the world, to topical programs like OUTFront for LGBT human rights issues and the USA Domestic Human Rights Program, all festival goers will have an opportunity to become meaningfully involved. Whether on behalf of issues they have long cared about, or on behalf of causes they may just have learned about in the documentary screening, Amnesty International stands ready to help them channel their energy.
**THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL**
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