Film Contest Application


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 Monday, December 14, 2015.

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 our contest rules and frequently asked questions, or contact Youth Free Expression Program Manager Sarah Hoffman at

Thank you for taking part in the 2015 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. Semifinalists will be announced in early January 2016, and the winners shortly after.

The 2015 Youth Free Expression Film Contest is made possible through generous support from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.