The National Coalition Against Censorship and the New York Film Academy are excited to present the 20th annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest.

This year NCAC is calling on young filmmakers to create short films that explore the theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Free Expression.

The emergence of Artificial Intelligence presents new opportunities and challenges, raising questions about free expression protections under the First Amendment. Consider the following ideas when thinking about the social, political, and economic implications of AI as it relates to free speech:

- Student cheating
- Copyright and AI generated content
- Disinformation, including the creation of fake images such as deepfakes
- Free speech, and whether AI generated content is protected expression
- Government regulations and AI
- Ethics, Art, and Artistic Expression
- AI censoring content

Create a video (up to 3 minutes) using film, animation, photographs, music, or anything else to explore what AI and free speech means to you–a student, a citizen and a human.

*Warning: your video should NOT be created using A.I. You may use examples of A.I. within the film to illustrate a point.

Be thoughtful. Be creative. Be original. Be uncensored.

About the YFEP Film Contest:

The Youth Free Expression Program empowers youth with knowledge, tools, and opportunities to assert and defend their right to free expression.

The annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest invites teen filmmakers to address a timely, relevant free speech topic. Past contests have explored censorship questions about video games, comedy, sex ed, social media, and protest.

NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Program Film Contest is made possible by a partnership with the New York Film Academy.

The first-place winner receives a scholarship to the New York Film Academy (terms and conditions apply). The top three filmmakers (individual or team) will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.

Contest Rules

1. All films must be uploaded to the YFEP FilmFreeway page no later than 11:59 p.m. on September 9, 2024.

2. Films cannot exceed three minutes, We know the importance of recognizing all contributors to your film, so credit sequences are not included in the 3-minute run time. Please keep credits as short as possible, not to exceed 30 seconds.

3. All films must address the topic: "Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Free Expression. ”

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. Contestants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens).

5. Films may be submitted by teams, however, please note that for each winning film, any prize money will be split evenly among the team members and scholarship opportunities may be limited.

6. All entries must be accompanied by an artist’s statement (no more than 500 words) explaining the artist’s intended message, the creative process, and technical accomplishments. All participants should be identified and their roles in the film stated.

7. Filmmakers must either i) live in the United States or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) at the time of submission OR ii) attend an American school endorsed by the US State Department's Office of Overseas Schools. For a complete list of State Department endorsed schools, click here:

8. The film must be accompanied by the tagline "This film was created for the National Coalition Against Censorship" in the credits.

9. Finalists will be asked to submit a digital 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, as well as for marketing purposes. The National Coalition Against Censorship does not limit the original creator's use of the work in any way.

10. The video should NOT be created using A.I. You may use examples of A.I. within the film to illustrate a point.

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