The Challenge

Project Democracy 2020

Our Democracy is at risk. It is urgent to engage young Americans in elections.

In order to sustain our democracy and preserve our fundamental values, young Americans must feel they have a voice and are empowered to effect change through voting and civic action.

Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge, in partnership with JusticeAid, is a national film competition for 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.

Submit Your Film

Documentaries (up to 8 minutes in length)

We are looking for powerful films that will address issues that you as young Americans are concerned about. Your submissions should outline a path forward that will encourage others to become involved. The foundation of your work is to strengthen our democracy through greater voter participation.


Social Media Works (up to 2 minutes in length)

We challenge you to create an up to to 2-minute video that will measurably increase youth vote in 2020. You are free to use animation, documentary, interviews, testimonials or drama.  Create your video for your favorite social media platform, include the link we provide for your viewers to be counted, get as many vote pledges you can. Make it funny or make it poignant, make it sad or hopeful, but make it count!

Official Rules and Guidelines:

Deadlines & Fees

Entry Fee: Waived!

Online submission portal is open now. Final online Application: must be completed no later than August 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM.


Sponsor support will go directly toward funding the challenge scholarships for students who submit winning films and to underwrite the costs of producing and promoting the event. There is a robust promotion plan in place and our gratitude to Sponsors will be prominent.

Please take a moment to look over our Sponsorship Levels and join the growing groundswell of support for these young citizens who are using their voices and time to transform civic life for us all. Please contact dlasseur@civiclifeproject.org to get more information on how to become a sponsor.

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