Student Film Competition Selections


The third annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival continues its special student filmmaker section, celebrating excellence in the field of socially conscious cultural production. Eight student films that examine a range of human rights issues from domestic violence, immigration, sexual assault, identity, and war will screen:


Juror’s First Place: Paris, Mauricio Jauregui

In this interlaced story of past and present, Paris, a young drummer who uses music as her drive, is sexually assaulted at a college party. As she recovers memory of the event in the past, she goes to an abortion clinic in the present. Through her story we see the pain and strength in Paris’ life and decisions.



Juror’s Second Place: Blue, Maryam Farahzadi

Blue is a short film about the struggle of being different in a society of people who discriminate against her.




Badlands Bloom, Atiyeh Hess

The Bird Painter, David Eisenstadt

Domestic Violence PSA, Gillian Copeland

Grit, Blake Sepe

Mija, Sophia Stills

Unspoken, Blake Sepe


Gillian Copeland
David Eisenstadt
Maryam Farahzadi
Atiyeh Hess
Mauricio Jauregui
Blake Sepe
Sophia Stills


Thursday, April 5 2018

6:00 p.m.

Eddy 212

Free admission