AFI Docs selects Impact Lab films

The American Film Institute's annual doc fest has announced 10 issue-driven films, including Check It (pictured) that will receive training in advocacy, engagement and grassroots communications.
June 17, 2016

The Washington, DC-based AFI Docs fest has announced 10 issue-driven films from its roster that will be taking part in its Impact Lab for this year’s edition.

Produced in partnership with Picture Motion and in collaboration with NBCUniversal, the second edition of the Impact Lab, taking place on June 21-22, will provide the filmmakers behind the projects with training opportunities in advocacy, grassroots communication and engagement.

After completing the Lab, the filmmakers are eligible to apply for the AFI Docs/NBCUniversal Impact Grants, which support the impact campaigns of select Lab participants. CrossCurrents Foundation and The Fledgling Fund are also supporters of the initiative.

Films selected for this year are: Almost Sunrise (Michael Collins), American Baghdad (Ron Najor), Care (Deirdre Fishel), Check It (Toby Oppenheimer, Dana Flor), Farewell Ferris Wheel (Jamie Sisley, Miguel “M.i.G.” Martinez), The Islands and the Whales (Mike Day), Newtown (Kim A. Snyder), The Opposition (Hollie Fifer), Raising Bertie (Margaret Byrne) and They Call Us Monsters (Ben Lear).

AFI Docs takes place from June 22-26 in Washington DC and Silver Spring. Maryland. For more information on screenings and Filmmaker Forum sessions, visit its website.

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