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Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge

Here’s What’s Required and How it Works!

TWO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Documentaries (up to 8 minutes in length)

Please submit films that will address issues that you believe should be addressed by 2020 candidates. Your submissions should motivate the future generations of citizens to engage in national elections.

We invite you to view some of the films produced by past Civic Life Youth Film Challenge participants https://www.youtube.com/user/CivicLifeProject1/playlists

Social Media Works (up to 2 minutes in length)

We challenge you to produce much shorter video whose specific aim is to measurably increase youth registration and vote in 2020. You are free to use animation, documentary, interviews, testimonials or drama.  Create your video for your favorite social media platform. Include a link through which your viewers pledge to vote.  The video that gets the most vote pledges wins the award for best social media clip. Make it funny or make it poignant, make it sad or hopeful, but make it count!

Here are some suggestions for themes/issues to be explored:

  • CLIMATE CHANGE
  • IMMIGRATION
  • VOTERS’ SUPPRESSION
  • MASS INCARCERATION
  • RACISM
  • FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
  • GUN CONTROL
  • WOMEN’S RIGHTS
  • LGBTQ

These may not be your issues. Let us know what you care about.

Official Rules and Guidelines:

Deadlines & Fees

Entry Fee: $20

Please email us if you would like to request a fee waiver: dlasseur@civiclifeproject.org

Online submission portal will be open on September 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM.

Final online Application: must be completed no later than June 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadlines for Awards are (see official rules)

  • January 31, 2020
  • April 17, 2020
  • June 29, 2020

Your film will be aired on our website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Early entries get top exposures!

Past Challenge Submissions

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