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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.


“The language of our generation is visual. We use media to communicate ideas.” -Catherine Tatge, Co-Founder of The Civic Life Project ... See MoreSee Less

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The White House has ramped up its concerns about the popular video-sharing app in recent weeks over its ownership by ByteDance, a Chinese company. Chinese law can compel any domestic company to hand over data it has collected on users. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-may-force-tiktok-sell-its-u-s-operations-n1235525

🗣🗣 MEET THE DEMOCRACY 2020 YOUTH FILMMAKER, SUSANA T., FROM OAKLAND—here she discusses her inspiration for telling Joselyn’s story about immigrating to the United States. 🎥📸✨ Submit your documentary or social media vid to https://civiclifeproject.org today.

HighSchool/College Students (ages 15+) Enter
@civic_life Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge by 8/14 and help ENERGIZE and help get out the VOTE: https://civiclifeproject.org #HBCU Cc:@APSsatlanta @PPSNews @PHLschools @IPSSchools @MyZvilleSchools @StChasCitySch #BU #SU #TU #SMU #USC

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