The effects of climate change are unfolding before our eyes as hurricanes, wildfires, floods, subzero temperatures, and tornadoes ravage the nation and the globe. Many communities who survive climate disasters do so with limited to no resources and are often struggling to recover before the next disaster hits.
In response, Working Films and our partners at California Rural Legal Assistance, the Houston Organizing Movement for Equity (HOME) Coalition, the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, the North Carolina Justice Center, the National Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (coordinated by the National Low Income Housing Coalition) are curating a compilation of stories that will highlight the current injustices, systems at play, and the solutions needed to prepare and respond to climate disasters. We are looking for short documentaries and fictional films that highlight the challenges of those vulnerable to climate disaster and lift up models for inclusive, equitable disaster recovery. The compilation will bring overlooked stories into the light and expose the historical inequities that are exacerbated when disasters hit. The series will both inform and catalyze conversation and action for just and inclusive disaster preparedness and recovery.
Filmmakers are invited to submit shorts or excerpts of feature length films. Documentary and fiction films will be considered. Screening rights fees will be paid to selected filmmakers. We will also provide free impact consultation and offer peer-to-peer networking and support opportunities for the artists included in the project. An emphasis will be placed on films that feature personal stories, as well as media made by people who are directly impacted by the systems and related issues at hand. We will consider a work-in-progress if it is at a strong stage, is reasonably audience-ready, and is short. Please do not apply if your film is not available for public use.