Free Speech Film Festival

Celebrate the Passionate Innovations of Independent Filmmakers

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival highlights the ideas, perspectives and voices that are vital to the future of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law around the world.

Independent filmmakers are invited to submit films that present their unique perspectives in the fight against injustice, and engage the global community in deeper conversations about Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

During the past decade, thousands of films have been submitted to our annual online Free Speech Film Festival from over 77 countries, and 60 of these have become featured our Free Speech Films, promoted around the world.

The Free Speech Award

American INSIGHT’s annual Free Speech Award celebrates filmmakers who put their voices behind the fight against global injustice. Only one film wins each year. Over the past decade, independent films have been submitted from (or about) 77 countries and 7 continents.

American INSIGHT has created an integrative online course, Make History Everyday! for use by individuals, institutions, libraries and schools. As students discuss the Rule of Law from the Magna Carta to the Free Speech Film Festival’s next Free Speech Award-winning film, they gain confidence and self-worth. We provide a number of pricing options to meet various needs, and look forward to discussing them with you.

Previous Award Winners

Ellos Gritan Libertad (They Scream Freedom)

After many long years of food shortages, dilapidated buildings, increasing wealth gaps, and strictly suppressed political unrest, Cuba has reached a boiling point. Thousands have taken to the streets in an unprecedented eruption of protest, crying out for their basic human right to freedom.

2023 Winner

Jazz in China

“Jazz in China: The Documentary” chronicles the 100-year story of how jazz—a democratic form of music through improvisation—exists and thrives in China—a country with a long tradition of adherence to central authority.

2022 Winner

Foot Steps on the Wind

Footsteps in the Wind is an animated short film to Sting’s song “Inshallah.” Based on the harsh and intense reality of refugees around the world, this film is a narrative journey told through the eyes of children who never give up on their dreams.

2021 Winner


Boxed is a documentary by Wanjiru Njendu based on the true story of an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849.

2020 Winner

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