Youth Film Contest

Promo video by Ani Akpan, 2013 Youth Film Contest Winner.

The National Coalition Against Censorship is celebrating its 40th year: Happy Birthday to Us! And for our Eleventh Annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest, we want you to make a film about a censorship issue or event from the past 40 years, or explore what you think will be the major free speech issues of the future. Be engaging and informative, while showing how your topic fits in a historical context.

Shine a light into any corner of free expression: social media in schools, internet filters, privacy and surveillance, street art and vandalism, sex education, science textbooks, and more. You can use our Censorpedia wiki for inspiration.

Click here to submit your application by December 15, 2014!

All questions and concerns can be directed to Mayukh Sen, YFEP Program Associate at

2013 Winners and Semifinalists on “Video Games in the Crosshairs”

FIRST PLACE: “Future Warfare III” by Ani Akpan

SECOND PLACE: “A Virtual Reality” by Peter Ackerman

THIRD PLACE: “Initial Testing” by Austin Guerrero

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: “Perception of Gamers” by Daniella Sanchez

Daniella’s video has the most “Likes” on YouTube out of the SemiFinalists, and so her film will be celebrated at the Youth Voices Uncensored Awards in March, and we’ll be sending her a Certificate of Internet Awesomeness and a special gift from NCAC.


“Go With Them” by Matthew Billman


“Video Games in the Crosshairs” by Savannah Jossart


“Video Games in the Crosshairs: Rewind” by Logan Barrick


“Gaming: My Story” by Sylvan Gu


“Video Games: the New Art Form” by Nathaniel Bodnar


“Video Games in the Crosshairs: Speaking of Games…” by Calvin Tran


We give many thanks to all of this year’s participants, judges and NCAC supporters who make programs like this possible.

For more information about this contest: visit the rules and frequently asked questions. You can also check out the previous years’ winners below.

NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest is made possible by generous support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the New York Film Academy.

Film Contest Archives
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?