UPDATE 3/24/2017: Applications are now closed and our 12 finalists have been announced. Watch their entries here and vote for your favorite!
The theme for the 13th Annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest is "WATCH WHAT YOU #TWEET! HOW FREE SHOULD SOCIAL MEDIA BE?"
The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of freedom of speech on social media. Should schools be allowed to punish students for off-campus posts? Can the government censor social media? Should Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms ban users for hate speech?
Recent incidents such as Facebook banning nude art, Instagram censoring murals that demeaned Hillary Clinton, and Twitter banning Milo Yiannopoulos have inspired lively debate over the relationship between social media and controversial speech. Some people believe that free speech rights on social media should be absolute. Others think platforms like Facebook should be responsible from protecting their users from feeling harassed or offended.
NCAC asks young filmmakers to be creative and thoughtful, and to read the contest rules and FAQ before beginning your project. You can also visit our guide to social media use and check out previous winning videos below.
Your films will be judged by an incredible panel of actors, screenwriters, and producers.
Submit your application and video no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Winners will be announced in June. Cash prizes up to $1,000!
NCAC's Youth Free Expression Program Film Contest is made possible by generous support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York Film Academy.
Film Contest Archives
2015: 'That's Not Funny!': Can Comedy Cross a Line?
2014: Free Speech Forever: Censorship Past, Present and Future
2013 Video Games in the Crosshairs
2012 You're Reading WHAT?!?!
2011 Censorship BYTES! Speech in Cyberspace
2010 I'm All For Free Speech, BUT…
2009 Free Speech in School (Does it Exist?)
2008 My Vote for Free Speech!
2007 How Does Censorship Affect Me?
2006 War and (Free) Speech: Can They Co-Exist?
2005 Does Free Speech Matter?
2004 What do you think of the state of free speech and democracy in the United States?