by Lela Scott MacNeil
April 7th, 2011


Our good friends at Arts Engine are now  accepting all entries for this year’s Media That Matters™ Film Festival!  Now in it’s ELEVENTH season, Media That Matters is committed to harnessing the power of cinema to support and inspire communities working towards social change.

Media That Matters – the premier showcase for short films with big messages – connects you with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, including educators, activists, and nonprofits. Through a multi-platform campaign combining online streaming with personalized screenings, your film can be a tool that opens hearts and minds about the collective struggle for a more socially conscious world. Join us by submitting your film now!

Short Films: Films must be ten minutes MAXIMUM; the ideal length is around eight minutes.

All Styles: Media That Matters accepts documentaries, narratives, animations, music videos, public service announcements, dramas, comedies, hybrids, or a style of your own creation!

Creativity is always encouraged. The only guideline is that your project must focus on a social issue.

All Issues: Any and all issues will be considered. This year they are particularly interested in films focusing on Disability Rights, Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance, Bias-based Bullying, Gender Equality and Youth Activism.

All Ages: Youth-produced media is strongly encouraged!

Deadline: May 1, 2011 (the festival will take place in the Fall of 2011)

Please Note: Your film MUST be cleared for NONEXCLUSIVE home video, educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution.

For more details and to submit your film online, visit

Questions? Send us an email!


Media That Matters™ is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters™ engages diverse audiences year-round and inspires them to take action.


Arts Engine, Inc. supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public.


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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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