Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge

Open to anyone under the age of 25, The Challenge is a unique, national film competition produced by the Civic Life Project in partnership with JusticeAid. It invites students to generate civics-oriented videos that ultimately create a groundbreaking movement for young Americans to get engaged in our Democracy and to vote – to bring young people together as a community and provide a digital platform for them to be heard.


Short documentaries under 8 min
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 future generations of citizens to engage in national elections.

Social Media works under 2 min
We challenge you to produce shorter 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!

Content: Our objective is to generate compelling videos that will encourage young Americans to be engaged in the 2020 elections.

Timeline: The Challenge will accept submissions and award cash and other prizes on a rolling basis. The winning videos will be featured in a culminating national screening and award ceremony in September 2020.

Civic Life Awards
- First prize: $5,000
- 2nd prize: $2,000
- People's Choice: $1,000

Social Media work
- First prize: $2,500
- 2nd prize: $1,000
- People's Choice: $500

Justice Aid Awards
- Gold Medal: $2,000
- Silver Medal: $1,000
- Bronze Medal: $500
- Honorable Mentions