Department of Visual & Media Arts

It's All True

A Festival of Outstanding Student Documentary Work from Emerson College

The purpose of It’s All True is to showcase student documentary work and to encourage interest in documentary production at Emerson College. All submissions to the festival will receive personalized feedback from an Emerson faculty member.


  • Work completed after January 2013.
  • Recommended length is under 30 minutes, but longer works will be considered.
  • Students may submit directly or faculty may nominate non-fiction projects from any Emerson College class, undergraduate or graduate, or from any co-curricular group. Documentary-experimental hybrids are welcomed. Mockumentaries are not.


Extended. Apply soon! End time TBD.


The selected films will be shown in March 2014 in the Bright Family Screening Room.


Projects can be uploaded into Median, Vimeo or YouTube (if password protected please provide password). Be sure to read the Median Upload Guide to properly compress and upload your video into Median.

Works-in-progress will be considered for mentoring, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.

There is no limit on the number of submissions you can make. Just resubmit the form for each production.


Selection for the festival will be made by the Festival Committee comprised of Emerson VMA faculty and staff. A nationally-known documentary filmmaker will participate in the judging and screenings.


Prizes will be awarded to all selected work in the form of various film/video services and cinema memberships, and/or equipment & software coupons and vouchers, and possibly cash as well.

The form is currently closed. See you next year!

Visual & Media Arts Associate Professor Diane Lake has written screenplays for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, Paramount, and many independent producers.