Why this festival is important
In an era of concentrated media ownership, silencing of journalists, and increasing conservative government policies, it is becoming more and more difficult for filmmakers to produce works that challenge our institutions and the associated growing social inequality and environmental degradation.
Mainstream media outlets have all but closed themselves to alternative voices and radical film-makers. The Dare To Struggle Film Festival goes against that trend, it will share the stories and struggles of individuals, groups and communities trying to improve the world now and in the future to create a fairer and more just society. Importantly it will also inspire us to learn from people’s struggles of how we can turn the tide and create positive change.
You cannot have a democracy in which some groups are denied a voice in the media.
– Wendy Bacon
There is over $10,000 of prize money available.
Major prizes will include the below. Final prize list will be announced closer to the Festival.
Jack Mundey Prize
The main prize of the festival is a cash prize (amount to be announced) given in honour of Jack Mundey’s legacy.
The Judy Mundey Festival Patron prize
Cash prize, amount to be announced.
Image credit: Judy Mundey speaking at the Dare to Struggle film festival launch, by Peter Boyle for Green Left Weekly.
Amateur Filmmakers Prize
A cash and equipment prize given to support the professional development of amateur filmmakers in particular.
Cash and equipment prize, amount to be announced.
How to Enter
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You cannot have a democracy in which some groups are denied a voice in the media. As a journalist and media researcher, I have been keenly aware over many years that voices have been silenced and underrepresented for many reasons, including ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, geography and politics. Very often the only place excluded groups can find a voice is in independent outlets or by starting their own media. However simply having a small and fragile voice is worthwhile but is certainly not sufficient.
We do have some independent media but I am concerned that these existing outlets mainly serve privileged audiences. In fact, there are still whole swathes of our cities, regions and rural areas and workplaces where a critical media barely exists at all. Independent media need public support so that they can devote the time and resources necessary to hold powerful interests of all kinds and in all places accountable.