New York State Funeral Directors Association

Issued February 23, 2018

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has announced a call for entries for its Remembering a Life Film Contest, an initiative to inspire filmmakers to create films that commemorate the life of someone who has died, or pay tribute to someone who is still alive. NFDA is working with the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance to promote the contest worldwide.

Three winning films will debut at the 2018 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will be supported by unique workshops about storytelling and memorialization.

NFDA will also be inviting the winning filmmaker to present at the convention, schedule permitting, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about the inspiration behind the winning film. Following the convention, the films will be introduced to the public through an outreach effort including online promotion and social media. The films will also be available for NFDA members to show in their communities and on their websites.

The three winners will be selected by a panel of judges representing both the film profession and funeral service, including Thomas Lynch, president and senior partner of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors and published writer and poet.

“If funerals are ‘sacred community theater,’” said Lynch, “then funeral directors curate a collection of one and only narratives – the uncommon stories of common women, ordinary men, neighbors and fellow pilgrims whose lives become the cinemas, the ‘moving’ pictures of our dreams and memories.”  

The Remembering a Life Film Contest is open to amateur and professional filmmakers worldwide, including NFDA members, and films may be created in any style and format, including traditional film, animation and films created on a mobile device. The films must be five minutes or less and submissions are due June 1, 2018.

First prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000, and third prize is $2,500. There is no fee to enter.

NFDA members may visit for resources that can be used to promote the contest in their community.

Interested filmmakers may visit for details on how to submit a film.

Source: NFDA