Film Contest Application


YFEP2014 ThemeThe National Coalition Against Censorship is celebrating its 40th year: Happy Birthday to Us!

And for our Tenth 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 questions 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.

Contestants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens), and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. Judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned writers, actors, and filmmakers. Films must be submitted by Sunday, December 7 2014.

The top three winners receive:

  1. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.
  2. A trip with a guest to New York City to attend the Youth Voices Uncensored event in the spring.
  3. A one-year complimentary student membership to the Rubin Museum of Art.
  4. The first place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy.

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

Thanks for taking part in the 2014 Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. Semi-Finalists will be announced in early January, 2015, and the winners shortly after.

The 2014 Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest is made possible through support from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.