"Activism Now"

From climate change and racial justice to reproductive rights, youth activists have been at the forefront of our social movements. In such an important political time, we want to know how you make your voice heard on the issues that matter to you.

Create a fiction or non-fiction video, between 2 - 7 minutes in length, that explores activism using an intergenerational perspective.

Some guiding prompts that your video can address include:
- What do you hope tomorrow looks like and how does activism move us towards that future?
- Tell the story of a moment that defines your generation of activists.
- How has social media changed activism for your generation?
- What do we have to learn from activists from younger and/or older generations?
- Tell an intergenerational story about how your elders have impacted you, and/or how you have impacted them.
- How will future generations of activists view us?

The 3 Generations Youth Video Contest is open to emerging filmmakers between the ages of 15 and 24. Older filmmakers are encouraged to submit an intergenerational film with a younger filmmaker. We welcome first time videographers as well as experienced filmmakers.


In partnership with ThirdAct, we will host virtual workshops that can help you develop your video submission. To RSVP or share your questions/concerns with us, please email videocontest@3generations.org

- Video Contest 101 (the basics of our contest)
- Intergenerational Activism (Learn about the history and impact of intergenerational activism)
- Ask a Media Expert 1: Storyboarding (turn your ideas into reality)
- Ask a Media Expert 2: Video Editing Software (clean up your video submission)

3 Generations wants this contest to reach as many young filmmakers as possible. We appreciate it when you share with your communities and social media. We seek diverse submissions that represent multiple worldviews and cultural backgrounds.

Questions? videocontest@3generations.org

Prizes will be awarded at the 3G Video Contest Virtual Awards Celebration, time & date TBD.
Awards categories include:
- Filmmaker between the ages of 15-18 – Prize $500
- Filmmaker between the ages of 19-24 – Prize $500
- Intergenerational team – Prize $500 each, up to 2 members
- Viewer’s Choice Award – $500

Questions? videocontest@3generations.org

- No-fee early bird deadline: January 15th, 2023.
- Submissions after January 15th, 2023 require a $5 entry fee.
- Regular deadline April 15th, 2023.
- Directors/producers must be between the ages of 15 - 24.
- For an intergenerational team, one team member must be under 24 and one team member must be over 60.
- Submissions must be tied to a social justice concept and respond in some way to the suggested prompts.
- Films must be between 2 and 7 minutes in length including credits.
- Submissions can come from anywhere worldwide but must be in English or include English subtitles.
- One submission per participant/team.
- Films do not require premiere status but must have been produced within the last 2 years.
- All awards will be paid in US dollars via Paypal.
- The contest only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway. Once your registration details are complete, you will be able to upload your film as a digital file or provide a password-protected Vimeo link.
- We will not confirm the receipt of submissions. Applicants will be notified via email about the selection/rejection of their film.
- Your content belongs to you. However, upon submission, the applicant grants 3 Generations the right to screen their submission online, and use material from the submission for promotional purposes.
- Any submission available online prior to the online screening or previously screened publicly will be disqualified.
- Submissions may not contain material that violates another’s copyright, breaks licensing rights, or otherwise infringes upon another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property rights. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of their submission for our video contest.
- In the event of any copyright infringement, the contestant accepts full legal responsibility.
- All submissions with messages that are deemed inappropriate or offensive will be disqualified.
- Any person(s) appearing in your video (including but not limited to persons videotaped, quoted, or recorded) must provide written consent.
- At the point of submission, you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival’s regulations. By agreeing to proceed with your submission, you are agreeing to these regulations and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.
- In the event of disagreement concerning the regulations, the interpretation of 3 Generations and the contest is final.
- Failure to comply with these regulations will result in disqualification.
- These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

Questions? videocontest@3generations.org.

Overall Rating
  • Lam Can-zhao

    It's our honor gain Judge's Choice Award. Great experience and one of the most amazing short film festival in the world! Thank you to the whole festival team You guys are so wonderful! Please keep up the good work!

    May 2022
  • Viv Gilbert

    I love the Youth Video Contest that 3 Generations has put together. It allowed me to bring out my creative potential, and give the opportunity for people to showcase their video talent. I love the work that 3 generations has done to help others. I can’t wait for the Youth Video Contests to come!

    May 2022
  • Matthew Agustin

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my film The Message on the wall at 3 Generations Second Annual Youth Video Contest. .Great Festival.

    May 2022
  • Adam Tindal

    I was thrilled to be a part of this year's 3 Generations Video Contest. It is such an important organization, doing meaningful work and I love video contests wherein the creators are posed a question and have to construct a piece of art to express themselves. This festival was even more meaningful to me because my grand-father, and three great-uncles all served in the Second World War for Canada and helped free The Netherlands from Nazi Occupation. I couldn't help but feel I'm paying a small tribute to them with my video. So thank you 3 Generations for providing this outlet. I highly recommend this festival to anyone with an interest in global issues. I can't wait until next year!

    June 2021
  • Maxwell Aldrich

    Loved to be a part of this festival. The staff are amazing in every sense. Would highly recommend participating in 3 Generation's events and keeping up to date with their organization in general.

    June 2021