Our general guideline is: only add the best of the best, and filter out the rest.
We want Films For Action to be a clearinghouse for the ideas, knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more just and sustainable world.
We look for content that:
- Has a long shelf-life, aka "evergreen" content - containing information and ideas that will remain relevant and useful for people browsing the archives of the subject tag(s) that the content was filed under (months or ideally years later)
- Offers a unique progressive perspective not covered by the corporate media
- Appeals to an international audience (1/3 of our traffic comes from the US, the rest comes from all over the world)
- Focuses on the root problems or the root solutions
- Cover stories of people living and building the world they want, now
- Is fairly non-partisan and avoids unnecessary antagonism, divisionary rhetoric, over-the-top or in-your-face emotional appeals, fear-mongering, hype, etc
- Expands our ability to experience universal empathy and compassion for all people and the planet, and avoids appeals that reinforce artificial divisions (including nationality, political affiliation, race, culture, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, immigrant status, etc)
- Is incredibly well made or well written. If the ideas are great but the presentation is poor, find the content in a form that makes the same points but with a more polished, engaging and entertaining presentation
- People can take action on
Don't cheat the system...
Please do not ask your friends to up-vote your submissions or create dummy-accounts to up-vote your submissions. Let our impartial community and staff decide what to feature. Users that skew the voting process risk getting their content hidden and posting privileges removed.
The best way to see your submission featured is to 'test it in the wild" by sharing it on social media (Facebook, Reddit etc). If it gets a lot of shares and views, it will naturally show up in our "trending" section at the top of the homepage. We gave our Trending section top billing because it offers more social proof of quality over our rating system.
Rule: Only publish one article or video per day.
This is designed so the site doesn't seem to be dominated by one person. If you have several things you'd like to publish, choose the best or most topical item first, then choose the next best item the next day.
Make sure that at least two other articles or videos have been published by other members between your first and your next post. We don't want to see two articles by the same person, one on top of the other. Our library functions best with a mix of submissions from a variety of authors.
Publishing an orginal writing and new to the process?
- Read this.
- Play editor and ask yourself if the article is ready to be published, or if it needs a little more polish. Could you see the article being published by your favorite independent news publication? We're obviously not all professional writers, and we certainly don't expect everyone who publishes on our site to be one. On the contrary, we encourage new writers to publish their works and to make this a place where everyone can "become the media." That said, could you imagine your article being able to hold its own and fit in with the other content on the site?