The 2008 YFEN Film Contest
"My Vote For Free Speech!"

In this election year, we asked young people to film a message to the next president about the free speech issue they though most important to the country.

We received films from around the country, covering a diverse range of issues such as FCC Censorship, Wire Tapping,  the Right to Protest, Freedom of the Press, and Network Neutrality, to name a few. These young film makers worked in a variety of styles and genres in order to make their voice heard. Here are the top three winners, who recieved a cash award, as well as scholarships to the New York Film Academy


First Place ($1,000 & a scholarship from the New York Film Academy)
By Peter Block and Connie Saltzman

An eerie look at pernicious affects of  wire tapping.

Second Place ($500)
“Lost Expression”
By Shelbi Kepler

Government censors terrorize a community,
turning citizens into masked automatons.

*Read the article about 2008 Second Place Film Contest Winner Shelbi Kepler in the Temecula Valley News.


Third Place ($250)
By Mercy Emelike, Cameron Robinson, Corey Steinhouse

An experimental indictment of the forces that silence young people.



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