2009 Film Contest

2009 Film Contest 2017-10-26T14:56:20+00:00

In 2007, African American (22%) and Hispanic (22.3%) households experienced food insecurity at far higher rates than the national average.

View the Competing films here

Call to young filmmakers

Award Event in NYC


The Festival

Palms for Life Fund is calling out to young filmmakers, 25 years of age and under, to visually depict in their communities the growing epidemic of hunger in the United States. This national competition for documentary short films entitled “Faces of Hunger in America” intends to bring the issue of hunger onto the forefront of the nation’s radar screen while at the same time empowering our youth, the future generation of leaders and activists, to facilitate positive change and challenge antiquated principles.

Palms for Life Fund will offer the top three winners cash prizes of $5,000, $3,500 and $1,500, and give them exposure to a vast audience in a full-length compilation of the prize-winning works.

Why now?
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” President Barack Obama (Excerpt from speech following Super Tuesday – February 5, 2008)

Food needs to be treated as an inalienable basic human right – beyond charity – and hunger needs to be tackled in its root causes. The short films will increase awareness about hunger, affecting more than 36 million Americans who are unable to access consistently sustainable amounts of food for a healthy life. Of this population, over 12.4 million are children, left to suffer the physical, mental and emotional consequences of daily life without the most basic human needs.

Contest Rules

All entrants must submit a non-fiction short film between 5-12 minutes in length, accompanied by an artist statement of no more than 300 words. This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens, 25 years of age and under. To get started, please view the official contest rules. Click here for Photo Release form. Submissions closed on October 30, 2009.

Once you are ready to upload your film, please proceed to http://facesofhunger.gotspot.com where you will be able to enter the contest. Click on “Join Contest” and follow the instructions to create your profile and submit your entry.

Please take a moment to also add your name to our mailing list by clicking here. We will keep you informed about contest updates, our calendar and status changes.

Important Dates:

  • Submissions open on August 24, 2009 and close on October 30, 2009 at 11:59pm EDT.
  • Public online voting begins on November 6, 2009, and runs through December 4, 2009.
  • On December 5, the top six (6) films with the highest number of online public votes will advance to the second and final round of judging which will be conducted by an esteemed panel of judges.
  • Winners will be announced no later than January 15, 2010

Donate Your Time

Help spread the word within your community by joining our Street Team. Please download the PDF packet that will give you instructions on how to proceed.


Congratulations finalists !

The Popeye Project, 3 Days of Hunger, Faces Overlooked, Unknown Struggle, Food For Thought and Faces of Hunger- Crying are moving into the next stage of voting. All the films received 58,000 online views and got over 30,000 votes! Everyone did a great job and we’ve really gotten the message out!

The Next Stage: The Screening and Winner Selection.

We are holding a public screening to choose the 3 prizewinners on December 21, from 3 to 5pm, at the Action Center to End World Hunger in Battery Park, New York City.

In attendance will be Master of Ceremonies Xenia Siamas, ambassador for Palms For Life Fund, as well as an esteemed panel of judges: Joel Berg head of New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Janet Poppendieck Professor at Hunter College and author of “Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement,” and of “Free for All: Fixing School Food in America,” Richard Deckelbaum, Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (“Valentino”), and the Maysles Institute program co-directors, Phillip Maysles and Jessica Green.

We are so grateful to the Action Center to End World Hunger for hosting the screening.

If you can make it, R.S.V.P. with your name and number of persons attending to rsvp@facesofhunger.org

Hurry – Space is limited.