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Join the Whistleblower Summit LIVE on July 26 – August 4, 2024
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Film Festival & National Whistleblower Day Tribute

Thought-provoking films, screenplays and industry panels
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12th Annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival: "Media That Matters"

In a world where truth is often shrouded in secrecy, the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival stands as a beacon of light.

ACORN 8 and Hayden Film Institute proudly present the 12th edition of this groundbreaking event, taking place from July 27 to August 4, 2024, with live events from July 28 to July 31 in the heart of Washington, D.C.This year's theme, "Media That Matters," delves into the heart of investigative journalism, exploring the intricate and often perilous relationship between courageous whistleblowers, tenacious reporters, and the power of enterprise reporting to effect change.

Step onto Capitol Hill and find yourself in the company of legendary whistleblowers like Frank Serpico and Jeff Wigand, whose stories have inspired generations. Engage with visionary political leaders such as Senator Charles Grassley and Former Representative Jackie Speier, who have tirelessly advocated for transparency and accountability.

As festival director Marcel Reid passionately states, "This festival serves as a powerful platform to amplify the voices of whistleblowers, to celebrate their unwavering courage, and to shed light on the stories that demand our attention."Michael

McCray, co-founder and managing director, underscores the sacrifices whistleblowers make: "While publishers bask in the glory of Pulitzers and books climb bestseller lists, whistleblowers often face unimaginable consequences for their integrity, risking everything with little to no recognition."

We invite filmmakers to submit their works that champion whistleblowers, defend the First Amendment, or explore crucial human rights issues such as freedom of expression, women's rights, and discrimination. Submissions are open through FilmFreeway until May 31, 2024.

This year's hybrid festival, proudly sponsored by Cemboo, an innovative platform empowering film festivals and content owners to control, monetize, and distribute their digital media, promises an immersive experience. All panels and films will be accessible virtually through Cemboo and on our website, whistleblowersummit.com.

Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and moved as we unveil the event schedule in the coming weeks.
Summit schedule

About the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival

The Whistleblower Summit, based in the heart of Washington, DC, stands as the first and only film festival dedicated to honoring whistleblowers and championing the First Amendment. This ten-day event weaves together film screenings and professional symposiums, creating a powerful nexus where whistleblowers, advocates, policymakers, journalists, and filmmakers converge to engage in groundbreaking investigative storytelling that illuminates issues of free speech, civil and human rights, and social justice.

Fiscal Sponsor of the
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival

Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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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.

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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
WSFF was honored by FestFourms, where power players in the festival world meet.
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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