Submission period is CLOSED!

This year, we want teen filmmakers (age 19 and younger) to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!

In homage to Sheryl Oring’s I Wish To Say project, create a 4-minute film “postcard” with an important social message you believe has gone unheard (or silenced) by those in power.

Include an artist’s statement articulating your film’s message and identifying the public official or organization you believe should hear it.

Be thoughtful. Be creative. Be original. Be uncensored.

Need advice? Check out our Resources for First-Time Filmmakers here and a Filmmaker’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use here.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019

HOW TO SUBMIT: Upload your 4-minute film to the YFEP Film Contest page on Film Freeway

AWARD & PRIZES: 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.

Special Guest Judge: Sheryl Oring

Judges will include renowned filmmakers, artists and activists who use their creative voices to influence social change.  Past judges have included playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), film director Greg Mottola (Superbad), human rights advocate Leora Kahn, and author, filmmaker and recording artist MK Asante.

About the film contest

Every year, the Youth Free Expression Program invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. Over the past 15 years, the YFEP Film Contest has showcased the films of dozens of teens whose vision and respect for free expression will inspire generations to come.

NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Program Film Contest is made possible by generous support from the New York Film Academy.