Every year, the Youth Free Expression Program invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. Over the past 15 years, the YFEP Film Contest has showcased the films of dozens of teens whose vision and respect for free expression will inspire generations to come.

Now it's your turn. This year, we want teen filmmakers (age 19 and younger) to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!

Create a 4-minute film addressing an important social message you believe has gone unheard (or unacknowledged) by those in power. Include a 3 paragraph statement articulating your film's and identifying the public official or government body you believe should hear it.

Be thoughtful, be creative and be original.

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 top three filmmakers will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. The first place winner will also receive a scholarship to the New York Film Academy.

Special Guest Judge: Sheryl Oring, artist

All judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned figures in film, political activism and the performing arts – previous judges have included playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and film director Greg Mottola (Superbad).

Contest Rules

1. All films must be uploaded to the YFEP FilmFreeway page no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2019.

2. Films cannot exceed four minutes, including credits.

3. All films must address the topic: "Speak Truth to Power”

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.

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: https://www.state.gov/m/a/os/c1684.htm.

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 DVD 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.

Visit ncac.org/filmcontest for more information.