Fair trade, the national debt, stem cell research and Hurricane Katrina are among the topics covered in the upcoming Impact Film Festival, a four-day event that will take place during each of the Democratic and Republican Conventions in Denver and Minneapolis.

Screenings include the world premiere of Jessica Gerstle's stem cell research film Accidental Advocate, Irena Salinas' FLOW: For Love Of Water and Stuart Townsend's WTO riots saga Battle In Seattle.

'This festival was born from the idea that the artistry and urgency reflected in these films could have a real impact on political discourse,' Jody Arlington, who co-founded the event with Jamie Shor and Kimball Stroud, said.

'We're certain these films will rally leaders and citizens attending both conventions to engage in nuanced discussions about the domestic and international priorities explored in these exceptional films.'

The event will run in Denver from August 25-28 and in Minneapolis from September 1-4. For further information visit www.impactfilmfestival.org.