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May 17, 2021 2021-05-17

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Contest on the Importance of Freedom of Expression

Every year the Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. This year the topic for the Youth Free Expression Film Contest is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride. Students are invited to create a one-minute video using film, animation, photographs, music, or any other medium to show the importance of expressing oneself and one’s gender identity through personal appearance. They should upload their one-minute film to the YFEP Film Contest page on Film Freeway and include an artist’s statement articulating their film’s message. Any genre of film will be accepted, including but not limited to documentary, music video, narrative, and animation. Contestants must be living in the United States or its territories, and must be age 19 or younger on the day they submit their film. The films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. The judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned filmmakers, writers, artists, and activists. The top three filmmakers (individual or team) will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively. The first-place winner will also receive a scholarship to the New York Film Academy. The contest is sponsored by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Deadline: June 1, 2021, for submissions

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