In response to Covid 19 the only deadline for submissions has been pushed to August 14, 2020.
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Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge

The Challenge is a unique, national film competition produced by the Civic Life Project in partnership with JusticeAid. It invites students to generate civics-oriented videos that ultimately create a groundbreaking movement for young Americans to get engaged in our Democracy and to vote – to bring young people together as a community and provide a digital platform for them to be heard.

Enter and Win up to $7,000!

You or a group of you can share your voice on an issue you care deeply about in the 2020 election. Your film should have the power to convince young people like yourself of the importance of the issue, the reason to get involved and to engage your audience to go to the polls and vote.
You have the power, let your voice be heard!
Civic Life Project and Justice Aid

Civic Life Project

Civic Life Project was founded by Emmy Award winning filmmakers and educators to use the power of digital storytelling to engage and inform the next generation of citizens. Since its creation in 2010, Civic Life has overseen the production of more than 100 students produced films and produced a yearly national Youth Film Challenge.

Help us inspire young Americans to vote.

Voter turnout. especially among our youth. is alarmingly low. Yet the future of our democracy depends on the next generations of citizens’ The Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge was created to engage this critical generation, inspire civic action and drive young voters to the polls. If you believe, as we do, in the power of young voices to accomplish change. please support this unique initiative.

Use Our Toolbox To Create Your Videos

For the past 10 years the Civic Life Project has developed teaching tools and tutorials to help participants make the best films possible. We invite you to join us to our interactive webinar and to use our “Tool Box” where we offer advice and tips about every stage of production.


According to the Digital and Media Literacy White Paper by Renee Hobbs, digital and media literacy are life skills that are necessary for full participation in our media-saturated, information-rich society.

These include the ability to do the following:
• Make responsible choices and access information by locating and sharing materials and comprehending information and ideas

• Analyze messages in a variety of forms by identifying the author, purpose and point of view, and evaluating the quality and credibility of the content

• Create content in a variety of forms, making use of language, images, sound, and new digital tools and technologies

• Reflect on one’s own conduct and communication behavior by applying social responsibility and ethical principles

• Take social action by working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, workplace and community, and by participating as a member of a community

Now you understand why we at Civic Life Project are so committed to engaging youth from every corner of the nation in civic-focused media making and highlighting their work in the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge.
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Hey Gen Z! Looking for something creative to work on during the lockdown? Be a part of the Democrazy 2020 Youth Film Challenge! Check it out: http://Civiclifeproject.org @civic_life

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