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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 films in each category will receive the following prizes and selected films will be presented at an online Awards Ceremony on September 10, 2020, at 7:00 PM (EST).

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 Prizes

Our partner organization, JusticeAid, is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote social justice through the arts and public engagement. JusticeAid will award prizes to films with social justice themes/content (see examples below )

In the Social Media category, entries must be about social justice AND include a call-to-action to vote in order to qualify for the JusticeAid 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. Make it funny or make it poignant, make it sad or hopeful, but make it count! The video should include a call-to-register and vote for the 2020 elections.

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!

Final online Application: must be completed no later than August 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM.

Submission date has been extended to August 14, 2020, at 8:00 PM

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

Past Challenge Submissions

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