ALFA Seeks Films with a Focus on Ageism

Ageism Short Film

Ageism: A close up view of senior issues

If you’re a filmmaker looking to gain exposure, and win some prize money, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) has begun its fourth annual call for short films on ageism. ALFA is looking for ageism films that illuminate specific discriminatory practices against seniors, prejudicial attitudes toward the aging process or institutional practices that perpetuate stereotypes about seniors.

Submit Your Short Film on Ageism Now

  • Requirements: Film must be no longer then 9 minutes including credits.

    Film should consider ALFA's principles of choice, dignity and

    independence for seniors
  • First Place: $3,000 and a trip to the screening of their film

    at the ALFA Conference & Expo May 20-22 in Phoenix
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 17, 2014
  • Winners will be notified April 14, 2014

Submissions should be no longer than 9 minutes in length including credits and should consider ALFA’s principles of choice, dignity and independence for seniors while focusing on ageism. The final deadline for submissions is March 17 and winners will be notified April 14. The first prize winner will receive $3,000 and a trip to the screening of their film at the ALFA Conference & Expo May 20-22 in Phoenix. The second prize is $1,000.

For more information and to review recent winners, see the film section on ALFA’s website or contact Kayla McAlindin at View the 2013 short film winner, Backseat Bingo by Liz Blazer here.

Looking to Rent a Movie about Seniors?

If you’re looking to rent a movie, a few Hollywood movies that focus on seniors are:

  • Cocoon – (1985)

    When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
  • Driving Miss Daisy – (1989)

    An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
  • Grumpy Old Men – (1993)

    A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.
  • The Straight Story – (1999)

    An old man makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
  • Away From Her – (2006)

    A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – (2008)

    Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

To begin your search for senior living residences, visit There you can easily find a senior apartment, independent-living, assisted-living, or other continuing-care community where seniors can remain safe and in great care.


BLOG Date: February 5, 2014

Writer: Ryan Allen