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How It Works

Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge

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

THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

The Film Challenge Awards & Prizes

The top film in each category will receive the following prizes and selected films will be presented in an Awards Ceremony in September 2020!

Documentary Category

  • First Prize: $5,000
  • Second Prize: $2,000
  • People’s Choice Award: $1,000

Social Media Category

  • First Prize: $2,500
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • People’s Choice Award: $500

The JusticeAid Prize

JusticeAid, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization fighting injustice through the arts, is partnering with the Civic Life Project to support the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge! Films that address social justice themes, such as the below, are eligible to win the following awards in JusticeAid cash prizes.

JusticeAid Issues

  • Voter Suppression
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Poverty
  • Immigration
  • Civic Rights

JusticeAid Prizes

  • Gold Medal: $2,000
  • Silver Medal: $1,000
  • Bronze & Honorable Mentions: $500

All files submitted in qualifying JusticeAid issue categories are also eligible for the Civic Life Project awards – your film could potentially win up to a total of $7,000!

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 short videos 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

FEE WAIVED UNTIL FEB 28, 2020!

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 30, 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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