Dare to Struggle Film Festival
Entries open Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Screening Saturday, 20 November 2021
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Not just a celebration of independent filmmaking, the Dare to Struggle Film Festival embraces the diversity of radical struggle and creates a platform that amplifies the voice of activism.
Building on the strong history of working class and progressive film making, the DTSFF is a unique festival for filmmakers from all walks of life at any level of film making experience. Amateur, middling, or professional – if you document radical struggle and make issue-based short films, then the DTSFF is for you. The Dare to Struggle Film Festival is looking for short films, less than 12 mins, from progressive filmmakers around Australia.
Connect with likeminded film makers, share your message and experience, and be in with a chance to win one of several cash prizes. Entries for the inaugural 2021 DTSFF will open Wednesday 1 September 2021 and will close on midnight 20 October 2021. The inaugural 2021 DTSFF Film Festival screening will take place on Saturday November 20, 2021.
Dare to struggle, dare to win.
Why this festival is important
It is becoming more and more difficult for filmmakers to produce works that question our institutions or are critical of society and the growing inequality.
The Dare to Struggle Film Festival will celebrate the stories and struggles of individuals, groups and communities trying to improve the world and create a fairer and more just society.
What people say about the festival.
Jack Mundey, the inspiration behind the festival
Green Ban leader, Jack Mundey, has been a major inspiration for the Dare To Struggle Film Festival. Our title is taken from the slogan made famous by the Green Bans – “Dare to struggle, dare to win”.
In the 1970’s Jack led the Builders Labourers Federation that imposed bans on developments that at the time were worth about $5 billion. Using a combination of strikes, direct action and negotiation the Green Ban movement had many wins saving urban bushland, low cost housing and heritage buildings from the corrupt plans of greedy developers.
Jack was a committed environmentalist and socialist. Jack’s inclusive, respectful and courageous style of work helped build many of the great social movements of the later half of the 20th century.
Help us make this film festival a reality!
We want to use the film festival to encourage a new generation of workers, activists and others to dare to struggle, to organise and to win. Help us by donating money for cash prizes to assist those who are making films, telling the stories and documenting the people’s struggle for justice.
The Dare to Struggle Film Festival is exactly what this city needs right now. We are seeing multiple and connected grassroots movements, all challenging the status quo. Many are coming together to build a fundamentally fairer and more sustainable future. Whether it is the women’s marches for justice, student led climate rallies or First Nations demands that are being expressed through the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a time when radical grassroots struggle is having a real world impact.
There could not be a better time to revisit the work of Jack Mundey in uniting the union, social justice and environmental movements. This is an important festival at a critical time for people and the planet and one that should not be missed.