The Say Something Media and Ideas Festival celebrates the power of voice to change and shape narratives and our communities. Media producers in the Greater Kalamazoo area are encouraged to submit content inspired by shifting narratives, imagining the future, and solutions to community issues. Some suggested themes include:

Social Justice
The power and value of family
Loyalty to Community
Overcoming the cycle of Poverty, Crime, Racism
Speaking Truth To Power
Empowering Women To Achieve in our Community
Great Neighborhoods
Shared Prosperity
Connected City
Environmental Responsibility
Youth Development
Strength Through Diversity

For each main category, a youth and adult may be awarded a prize. The winner will receive a commemorative trophy. Finalists will also receive a certificate of excellence for their entry(s).

There will be one (1) winner selected in each Sponsored Category and will receive a commemorative trophy.

The winners will be screened at the Say Something Media and Idea Festival. Other finalists will be screened online and on Public Media Network.

Entrant must live, work, or attend school in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Parchment, the Township of Comstock, the Township of Kalamazoo, the Township of Oshtemo, Public Media Network (PMN), Charter Communications and AT&T Uverse, their officials, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims, demand, causes of action, liabilities, judgments, costs and expenses (including attorney fees) arising out of the user’s use of, and transmission of program materials on the access channels, other distribution platforms, and public screening.

Entrant provides Public Media Network with the non-exclusive right to air/cablecast the program, stream the program on the internet, or host on any on-demand platform without limitation and in perpetuity. PMN has the authority to make copies of submitted programs in response to public requests or for promotional or other purposes.

Entrant certifies that all appropriate arrangements and clearances have been obtained from broadcast stations, networks, sponsors, music licensing organizations, performers’ representatives and without limitation by the above any and all persons (natural and otherwise) as may be necessary for authorization to transmit the program materials.

Entrant understands there is no financial or royalty incentives for our work/recordings. Entrant agrees to the use of my name, photo, voice, and biographical information for educational, publicity, and promotional purposes.

Entrant releases Public Media Network from any liability that may arise from my participation in this program.