The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) announced the theme for its 2013 Youth Free Expression Film Contest. This year’s theme will be "Video Games in the Crosshairs." The non-profit organization goes wherever it is needed to fight against censorship in the United States. After the Sandy Hook School shooting back in December of last year, politicians at the state and federal level started wagging their fingers at video games as a catalyst for the violent act.
NCAC has been pretty active this year in opposing video game removals in Rest Stops on the Massachusetts Thruway, the removal of games in libraries in New Jersey, and much more.
NCAC is inviting teens to tell their story about the value of games and the complexities of gamer culture by creating a short film. The top three winners receive:
- Cash prizes of $1,000 (1st Place), $500 (2nd Place), and $250 (3rd Place).
- A trip with a guest to New York City to attend the Youth Voices Uncensored event in Spring 2014.
- A one-year complimentary student membership to the Rubin Museum of Art.
The first place winner will receive a free one-week digital filmmaking course at the New York Film Academy, plus a $5,000 scholarship toward any one-, two-, or three-year NYFA program.
The contest is completely free to enter. You can get started by filling out the form at NCAC.org and including a link to your movie on YouTube. The deadline for entry in this year’s competition is December 13, 2013. All films must be produced in 2013 and address the contest theme. Contestants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens), and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity.
NCAC's Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest is made possible by support from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the New York Film Academy.