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Free Speech Film Festival


Designed to showcase today’s powerful Free Speech movement, American INSIGHT invites filmmakers around the world to join this revolution by submitting films about Free Speech.

The Free Speech Film Festival is a program of American INSIGHT, a nonprofit cultural institution that has featured Free Speech and The Spoken Word since 1983.

The Free Speech Film Festival culminates in a multimedia FREE SPEECH AWARDS CEREMONY that features well-known politicians, artists, scholars, writers, and civic leaders speaking about what Free Speech means to them, in addition to showcasing American INSIGHT’s final Free Speech Award-winning film and its filmmakers.

The Award-winning film is selected from six “Official Selection” films, chosen from dozens of other films submitted to the Free Speech Film Festival by filmmakers from all over the globe.

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival and its Free Speech Awards were developed over a period of six years by its Board of Directors and all of the university student Interns that have been enrolled in American INSIGHT’s Internship Program, based upon their detailed research into the history of Free Speech.

We know that the essence of Free Speech is self-expression. “We are the ones who give words power, and our voices communicate our experiences to the world,” says former American INSIGHT Board member, Jake Paine, Editor-in-Chief of HipHopDX.