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Civic Life Youth Film Challenge 2017-2018

AN EXCITING YOUTH FESTIVAL ABOUT CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT 4 TO 8 MINUTES DOCUMENTARY FILMS .

Choose a civic issue of interest to you and consider the following questions:

How does our democratic system deal with that issue?
What can be done, what is being done, to bring together people with different opinions about that issue?
Should government have more or less involvement in your issue?
What are the barriers to resolve your issue? Does social media help or hinder the resolving of your issue?
How does your issue connect with the Constitution of the United States?

All films must follow the Civic Life Project guidelines. Rather than using digital media as a way to convince others of your own point of view, we are seeking films that explore multiple sides of an issue and that promote empathy and civil dialogue

guidelines and rules

Submission You must upload on Youtube and enter the link on the submission page by May 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

Format The Film should be a 4-8 minutes non-fiction documentary. Elements can include, but are not limited to, interviews with journalists, politicians, teachers, students, activists, advocates, experts and community leaders; stills, graphics, news footage; original footage shot by students is encouraged.

Topics The Film should be an unbiased exploration of a national or local civic issue.

Equal Time The documentary should be as objective as possible, and explore the different points of view on the issue. It is recommended that students interview one person representing each side, as well as one other who can provide more objective expert insight, or a personal perspective into the issue. This usually means 2-3 interviews in a film.

Support and additional materials/services may be obtained by contacting the Civic Life Project

Evaluation criteria Does your Film meet the following criteria?

  • Tells an important story about a current issue – 20%
  • Is informed by solid background research – 15%
  • Presents different point of views about the issue – 15%
  • Uses highest technical standards for picture and sound – 15%
  • Includes a strong and compelling opening sequence – 5%
  • Includes well edited and compelling interviews – 20%
  • Uses well written and effective narration – 5%
  • Contains credits naming all participants and all sources used in the research and production phase – 5%