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SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York

SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York - 2020

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York, a non-profit film festival founded by SAG-AFTRA actress Nora Armani, launches its 7th edition March 16-22, 2020 at Cinema Village, The School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film campus, The Center for Remembering and Sharing, Betaworks and The Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. Submissions are now open for SRFF 2020 on

The festival has successfully showcased over 300 films rom 35 countries with international and local filmmakers participating in the Q&A's and panels in parallel to the film screenings.

The Mission of the SR Film Festival is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell socially relevant™, compelling, human-interest stories, across a broad range of social issues. The festival was created in response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling in media and entertainment. SRFF believes in the power of cinema in raising awareness towards social issues and promoting positive social change. During its first six years, SRFF showcased 350 films from 35 countries. Submissions are received from all over the world. For more information visit the festival website.

AR/VR and 360 gear expo and film exhibit, panels on Women, Immigrations and Refugees, VR/AR and 360 films, Industry Panels at SVA Social Documentary MFA film department on Funding Film Ideas and The Hazardous Documentary are some of the topics. SAG-AFTRA hosts a low-budget film production workshop for visiting and local filmmakers in the festival, and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment together with the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television present a workshop on filming in New York. Awards are given to winners in the form of special designer trophies and industry consultations from distriutors such as IndiePix and Cinema Libre Studio. 

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Submissions for the 2nd edition, March 16-22, 2015, are now open with Cannes special discount

CANNES: Following a hugely successful inaugural edition with 55 films from 18 countries, Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, with Paris-based partner Square Mango Films, brings seven docs from the Rated SR festival’s winning slate to the Cannes Film Festival Doc Corner.

Small Small Thing, directed by Jessica Vale, winner of the Rated SR feature competition, will have a theatrical release in New York June 6-12, Not Who We Are, directed by Carol Mansour, winner of the documentary competition, is lined-up for a DVD-VOD release with festival partner Cinema Libre Studio. The other titles at the Doc Corner are: Coal Rush, winner of the Rated SR Social Justice award, Coney Island: Dreams for Sale, Orphans of the Genocide, From the Black You Make Color, Stable Life and Born in Adana. The films may be viewed at the Doc Corner library.

Submissions for the 2nd edition, March 16-22, 2015, are now open on and a special Cannes Film Festival discount is offered through May 31st, with the discount code CAN2014. Spotlight sections in 2015 include: Middle Eastern Woman Filmmakers and Human Loss, and Persian Cinema. More information on:

New sponsorship and partnership opportunities are available. Festival Founder/Director Nora Armani is in Cannes and available to meet interested parties. Contact: +33 6 52 61 19 62 or email:



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