Film Festival

Thought-provoking films, panels, creative lab and pitch contest
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Whistleblowers & Correspondents Solidarity Dinner

Awards Dinner celebrating the First Amendment hosted by Marsha Warfield
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Comedy Showcase

Book Signing and Comedy Tribute to Dick Gregory hosted by Marsha Warfield
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Welcome!

ACORN 8 and the Northeast Film Lab, Bonsai Creative and African-American Women In Cinema (AAWIC), are proud to host the 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival with special thanks to the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission. The theme this year is Does The Truth Still Matter?
50 Years After the Watergate Break-in


The hybrid event takes place virtually, on Capitol Hill and at the National Press Club, including panel discussions with prominent whistleblowers, distinguished authors, emerging filmmakers, and policymakers. It also includes a Hollywood Creative Lab, screenplay contest, awards dinner and comedy showcase.

At its core, the Whistleblower Summit celebrates free speech and advocacy. However, sometimes the hardest truths are best told in jest. Thus we are pleased to announce the Whistleblowers & Correspondents Dinner and a Tribute to Dick Gregory Comedy Showcase hosted by celebrity comedian Marsh Warfield as capstone events for this year’s summit.

‍The event will include a keynote presentation by Detective Frank Serpico, and other panel discussions from Watergate-era journalists, academics and whistleblower advocates, including panels hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists, Justice Integrity Project, and the Government Accountability Project, among others.

Mark your calendars and consider joining us for the 10th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival
from July 22nd through July 31st, i2022.

**The views and opinions expressed by individual panelists and organizations are their own and do not reflect on whistleblower summit organizers, partners, sponsors or the Society of Professional Journalists.
Summit schedule

Our mission

Our mission is to build community and mutual support among whistleblowers and their advocates, connect whistleblowing “free speech” to the first amendment, social justice activism, and the global civil and human rights movements, and celebrate whistleblowers and their significant contributions to culture, society and the world.

People about us

The Whistleblower Summit is the largest gathering of whistleblowers and the only festival dedicated to honoring whistleblowers and first amendment activism
Muriel Bowser, Mayor / Washington DC
The conference for the power players in the festival game
Forbes Magazine

Signature Events

TEDx Salon
Please support your favourite authors by learning more about their books
National Whistleblower Day
Celebrates the people who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth.
Fest Forums 2019
The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival won a "Best of the Fests" award as a breakthrough Arts, Film & Culture festival from2019, which recognizes North America's leading festivals.

Featured programs

Author series
Please support your favourite authors by learning more about their books
Summit
Whistleblowers and their advocates from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill to convene this week-long event.
Film Festival
The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is the intersection between media, politics, culture and entertainment. Whistleblower stories (books and movies) are as American as apple pie.

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Welcome Message

ACORN 8 and the Society of Professional Journalists (DC Chapter) are proud to host this year’s Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival on July 23th through August 1st, 2021. The theme this year is a Salute to the 50th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers and Rise of Investigative Journalism. The event will include a keynote presentation by Daniel Ellsberg, and other panel discussions from Watergate era journalists, academics and whistleblower advocates, including panels hosted by the Society of Professional Journalist, Justice Integrity Project and the Government Accountability Project, among others. Mark your calendars and consider joining us for the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival in 2021.

**The views and opinions expressed by individual panelists and organizations are their own and do not reflect on whistleblower summit organizers, partners, sponsors or the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mission

Our mission is to build community and mutual support among whistleblowers and their advocates, connect whistleblowing “free speech” to the first amendment, social justice activism, and the global civil and human rights movements, and celebrate whistleblowers and their significant contributions to culture, society and the world.


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“The Whistleblower Summit is the largest gathering of whistleblowers and the only festival dedicated to honoring whistleblowers and first amendment activism.”

BEST FESTIVAL AWARD 2019

“The conference for the power players in the festival game” - Forbes Magazine

Signature Events

National Whistleblower Day

Celebrates the people who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth.

Learn more

Fest Forums 2019

The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival won a "Best of the Fests" award as a breakthrough Arts, Film & Culture festival from2019, which recognizes North America's leading festivals.

Learn more

Featured Programs

Author Series

Please support your favorite authors by learning more about their books

Learn more

Summit

Whistleblowers and their advocates from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill to convene this week-long event.

Learn more

Film Festival

The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is the intersection between media, politics, culture and entertainment. Whistleblower stories (books and movies) are as American as apple pie.

Learn more

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Speak Truth to Power

You can help give more power and voice to whistleblowers by supporting the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival. You will be helping to highlight civil and human rights violations across the globe. Call us at (870) 543-0024 or email us at mccray.michael@gmail.com.

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