Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest 2010

The Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest is open to students age 19 and younger from across the entire US. Cash prizes range from $250 to $1,000, and the first place winner will get a $5,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy. Granted, you can't take that to another college, but any win in a contest like this is a very nice addition to your college applications, especially if you plan to go to college for anything film related.

To enter students must submit an original film of four minutes or less addressing the topic: "I'm All for Free Speech, BUT."   Students can enter any type of film they'd like to make--animiation and music video sound like a lot of fun to me, but those are just a couple of the types of videos possible.

I'm tagging this one "easy" on my blog (, because it really is. I've made several videos with a Flip video camera, and they really are easy to use. If you don't have one, it's quite likely your school does. Maybe you could use it under a teacher's supervision? Heck, for all I know, half of you could probably make a movie with your cell phones.

For editing you could use Windows Moviemaker, but if you want to put in a bit more time (and probably get a much more refined result) you could download a free trial version of Camtasia or Vegas Movie Studio. Both are loaded with features and have a trial period of at least 30 days.

The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 31, 2010. Plan on having your application in and your video submitted to YouTube by that date. You can read all of the rules and find the links you need on the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) web page.

PS While the deadline is October 31, I'd get my film in ASAP, and then get lots of people (use that facebook page) to view and favorite on YouTube. Can I promise that will influence the judges? No way. Do I suspect it couldn't hurt? Yes.

PPS  This one also gets a brand new tag--fun.

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