Fight the Power: Why (Your) Protest Matters
The right to dissent is a core First Amendment protection. America was born out of resistance and protests have driven social progress ever since. In recent years, our culture of protest has continued to grow and evolve. Political expression can take the form of simple gestures (like a raised fist, a kneel, a taped mouth) or intricate public demonstrations.
This year, in celebration of our right to political expression, NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest invites filmmakers under 19 years old to submit a four-minute film on PROTEST.
Tell us why political dissent is important, why your protest (and that of those who disagree with you) matters. How does your film inspire resistance? Consider what methods of protest are most popular and most persuasive. Are they necessarily the most effective? Do certain forms of protest produce better results? Is protest ever harmful to society?
Each film must be accompanied by an artist’s statement discussing the elements that speak to these or other reflective questions about the limits of protest. Be thoughtful, be creative and be original.
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.
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).
DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted online by April 15, 2018 at: https://filmfreeway.com/NCACYouthFreeExpression
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.
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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?