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2017 Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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We're delighted to announce that the call for entries is now open for our 9th annual International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival, the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. Part of the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, this year's Film Festival is presented by FedEx.

“Each year, through video storytelling, we highlight the tremendous work accomplished by corporate citizenship professionals from around the world,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “By showcasing these exceptional programs and initiatives—and the creative ways in which they’re shared—we strive to inspire others to do even more great work.”

Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 400 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured STEM education, lifelong fitness and well-being, and access to quality healthcare for uninsured individuals. Here's an overview of last year's finalists:

Important Dates & Information

Your organization can enter a film now through January 6, 2017. Winners will be honored on March 26 in Boston at the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference. Below are several important dates and Film Festival-related information.

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  • SUBMISSION PERIOD—Films, in the form of video uploads depicting one or more aspects of a recent corporate citizenship initiative, will be accepted from November 1, 2016 to January 6, 2017.

  • ELIGIBILITY—All companies are eligible to participate regardless of size or location, including both members and non-members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Entry for Center members is free; the entry fee for non-members is $1,500.

  • LENGTH AND FILE FORMAT—Films are required to be less than three minutes in length and submitted in one of the following formats: .avi, .mov, .flv, .wmv

  • CATEGORIES—Winners are awarded in the following categories:

    • Small Company (1 - 5,000 employees)

    • Medium Company (5,000 - 30,000 employees)

    • Large Company (30,000+ employees)

    • Fan Favorite

    • Best in Show

  • PUBLIC VOTING—Three finalists in each company size category will be determined by public voting. Open to the general public, voting will take place online through the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship website from January 17 to February 17, 2017. Public voting, designed to encourage employee engagement and idea spreading, will also determine the Fan Favorite winner.

  • JUDGING—Following the public voting, a panel of industry experts will review the nine finalists (three per company size category) as selected by voters. The panel will select one winner from each of the three company size categories as well as the Best in Show winner. Judging is based on content and storytelling, production quality, and alignment with the participating company’s overall corporate citizenship objectives.

  • WINNERS—Winners will be honored as part of a formal ceremony at the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference on March 26 at The Westin Copley Place in Boston. Finalists must be present to win.

If you have questions or require additional information, please email filmfestival@bc.edu.

Submit Your Video

We encourage you to enter the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival today!


Registration for the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference is now open. Early registration rates as well as sponsor, team, and new member discounts are available. To register now and save $500, visit our conference registration page.

Ready to advance your professional development to Know More, Do More & Achieve More in corporate citizenship? Click here to our upcoming course calendar.

Topics: Corporate Citizenship, CSR, Conference, Film Festival

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