Who Can Apply: Contestants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens), and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. Judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned writers, actors, and filmmakers.
Submission: Film your response in 4 minutes or less. Entries can be videos of any kind, including documentary, animation, experimental, satire, fictional narrative, or music video. Applications must be submitted (and films uploaded to YouTube). All films must be produced in 2015 and address the contest theme.
1. All films must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted online no later than Monday, December 14, 2015.
2. Films cannot exceed four minutes, including credits.
3. All films must be produced in 2015 and address the topic: “That’s Not Funny! Can Comedy Cross a Line?”
4. All members of the filmmaking crew must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Actors or interviewees in the film can be any age. If working under the direction of a teacher, mentor, or parent, that person must describe his/her role in detail.
6. Films may be submitted by teams, however please note that for each winning film, travel and lodging will be provided for a maximum of two people and any prize money and scholarships will be split evenly among the team members.
5. All entries must be accompanied by a report (approximately 250 words) that explains the intent in making the film, the creative process, and technical accomplishments. All participants should be identified and their roles in the film stated.
6. Filmmakers must be living in the United States or its territories (such as Puerto Rico).
7. The film must be accompanied by the tagline “This film was created for the National Coalition Against Censorship” in the credits.
8. Winning filmmakers will be asked to submit a DVD copy of their film and to sign a release form granting the National Coalition Against Censorship the rights to use, display or distribute the film in carrying out the National Coalition Against Censorship’s educational mission. The National Coalition Against Censorship does not limit the original creator’s use of the work in any way.
Deadline: December 14, 2015
Amount: $5,000, $1,000, $500, and $250
Learn More: Youth Free Expression Film Contest