Youth Free Expression Film Contest

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Youth Free Expression Film Contest

National Coalition Against Censorship has once again brought an excellent program called “Youth Free Expression Film Contest” for students. This is an annual competition that comes up each year with a new theme and unique perks. For this year, the contest’s theme is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride. This program gives young and emerging filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent to the world and put their filmmaking skill to good use. This program is not just an ordinary competition, but it is more than that. It is an opportunity to enhance filmmaking talent further and learn new things and gain recognization for youngsters who hold the potential to have an impact on the film making industry. An ideal applicant for this program must be age 19 or younger on the day of submission and living in the US and its territories.

Every single year, this contest welcomes young filmmakers from around the United States to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. National Coalition Against Censorship believes in freedom of expression, and that is why it has picked “BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride” as the topic for this year contest. It has been seen that in most places, people are not allowed to express themselves, whether through their style or appearance, and show their individuality. What we wear, how we do our hair and how we speak and dance are what make us who we are and make us different from one and another. In US’ public schools, there are rules that have been created and imposed to ensure students fit in the traditional image of a student and conform to traditional gender expression. Such schools don’t allow students to express themselves through their appearance. In some schools in the USA, it is prohibited for girls to wear tuxedos in the school yearbook, while others don’t give permission to boys to wear earrings. This problem seems to be growing rapidly and to address this and reduce the effect, the contest has been initiated.

National Coalition Against Censorship’s primary work is to promote freedom of thoughts, inquiry and expression. Every generation encounters new challenges related to free expression, and for 50 years, NCAC has been protecting and fighting for this freedom which is the keystone of democracy in the ever-changing American nation. It visions to create a society that understands values, defends, and vigorously exercises free expression in a just, egalitarian, diverse, and inclusive democracy.

Brief Description

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Organization National Coalition Against Censorship
Educational Level All
Subjects All
Amount Varies
Access Mode Online
Number of Awards Multiple
City New York
Nationality Domestic
Country United States
Application Deadline June 1‚ 2021
Application Fee Free
Requirements Short video

Who May Be Eligible

Eligible applicants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted.  

How to Apply

To enter this competition, applicants need to upload a 1-minute film to the YFEP Film Contest page on Film Freeway and include an artist’s statement articulating their film’s message. All genre of film is accepted, including but not limited to, documentary, music video, narrative, and animation. There is no entry fee, so candidates can apply for this program without worrying about fee.


The contest will choose the top three filmmakers who will win cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250. The first-place winner will also get a scholarship to the New York Film Academy. All aspirants will get the opportunity to have their work judged by renowned filmmakers, activists, and young adult authors.

Application Deadline

The submission will close on June 1, 2021. Applications submitted after this date won’t receive consideration at all.

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