The OUR PRIDE 2021 Video Fest is an online competition of 1-5 minute short videos submitted by YOUTH (Students age 18 & under) with the 2021 theme "This UNITES US" focusing on how compassion & resilience unite people in the LGBTQ+ community.

ANNUAL COMPETITION: Winners will be announced in January 2022.
MONTHLY AWARDS: Winners selected in Social Video Series category.

Your 1-5 minute video may be created solo or as a team, in a variety of genres, such as:
* Social Video Series (3 or more TikTok / Instagram videos)
* News Story
* Short Documentary
* Creative Fiction
* Music Video
* Animated Short

THEMES: Your video MAY touch on the theme of the 2021 competition: “This UNITES Us,” highlighting how compassion & resilience unite people in the LGBTQ+ community, and must feature content in one or more of the following themes:

* PERSONAL STORIES: Your video may share your own life experiences or those others.

* LOCAL PRIDE / COMMUNITY: Your video may feature civic groups, businesses, advocacy organizations, diverse populations, and ethnic groups.​

* TRIBE: Your video may feature educators, parents, families, politicians, authors, artists, musicians, sports figures, and other leaders in the community.

* HISTORY: Your video may explore historic events, landmarks, people, and the lives of everyday elders who share their life stories and experiences.

* ARTS: Your video could feature music, theater, dance, sculpture, painting, poetry, festivals and other artistic expression of the community.

* ISSUES: Your video may examine social issues, including human rights, homophobia, homelessness, mental health, bullying, suicide, and more.

* SPIRIT: Your video could highlight compassion, empathy, spiritual acceptance, and religious issues.

Submissions must be in English or contain English subtitles.


The goal: Create a series that makes a positive impact in someone's life, in your community, in the world.

STEP 1:Create a series of 3 or more videos on a social video platform, such as TikTok or Instagram. #POV or any genre, any style. Singing, dancing, funny, serious, sketches, tutorials, motivation, advice. It's up to you. Uplifting, informing, inspiring, helping others, helping a nonprofit, supporting a cause, raising awareness for issues. You decide.

STEP 2: Compile your videos on one final video ("Video Reel") to upload.

STEP 3: On FilmFreeway, UPLOAD your project as WEB/NEW MEDIA.

* There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions.

* All submissions must be uploaded by the regular deadline.

We are an online video festival event. If accepted, you will upload your video to your personal online video account (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) and provide us with a link to the video.

In the event that your video is accepted to this festival, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your final for public viewing.

You will then need to upload your video before the festival start date.

The video must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and been able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your video.

Winners receive cash prizes, gifts, awards & commendations. Selected entries will be entered into the permanent Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Collection.

Selected winning entries receive one-year licenses from WeVideo, the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere. Winners under 18 years of age receive a single user license if they are working with a parent mentor. Those working with a teacher mentor receive WeVideo for Schools with up to 30 licenses.

Special Awards include:

* Social Video Series Awards
* Trevor Award: Mental Health & ​Suicide Prevention
* OutRight Action Award: Human Rights & Immigration
* Troy Perry Award: Pride Parades, Marches, Community & History

Participants work in teams or solo to create video entries running 1 to 5 minutes in a variety of genres, such as Social Video Series, News Story, Short Documentary, Creative Fiction, Music Video, Animated Short, or PSA, and incorporate original music, poetry and other creative content.

Youth 18 years and under work with mentors and adult coaches (teachers/parents) and can participate solo or in teams.

* All rights must be cleared.
* Entries must include the following information:
* Contact information (name, address, email and telephone number)
* Short (no more than 50 words) film synopsis
* Short director’s bio (no more than 50 words)
* Date of completion
* Exact running time
* Videos entered in previous years are not eligible.
* All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway
* This is a juried festival.
* Accepted films will be screened online in January 2022

Each entry may include (NOT required / recommended for classes):
1-Behind-the-Scenes Narrative
2-Social Media / Public Outreach Strategy

Submissions must be in English or contain English sub-titles.