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To participate in the Media Kids Foundation, Inc. Youth Filmmakers Challenge, Middle and High-School students in the United States must create a narrative short film (three minutes max) telling a cinematic story in any genre, following the Creative Challenge and all rules.

This program was designed to foster media arts skills and bring attention to the next generation of media professionals. All youth in the United States are welcome to submit. Entries will be scored by a panel of independent judges. The TOP five films will be premiered on the Media Kids Foundation, Inc. Facebook page. There will be three cash prize winners. First prize receives $200, Second Prize $100, and Third Prize $50.

Make your films as strong as possible. Be sure to consider guides and tutorials on set safety, screenwriting, storyboarding, camerawork, lighting, editing, sound effects, music and more.

Use your imagination!  Be clever and creative! Most importantly, tell a great story. You could win cash, prizes and a spot on the red carpet. Deadline for entries is midnight on AUGUST 31, 2021.

Submit all projects in an mp4 format via WeTransfer to Hello@MediaKids.org. Include contact information, Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Name of Project in the information box. 

Each short film entry must include the Media Kids Foundation, Inc. logo at the end of your credits.

1. Each entrant must be a Middle or High School student (grades 6-12) living in the United States during the 2020-2021 school year.
2. Each entrant may only enter once.
3. Films must be at least 30-seconds long and no longer than three minutes.
4. The entering student must be the primary creator of each entry (story, characters, visual elements, etc.). Entrants are allowed outside help (as filmmaking is a collaborative process), but student participants must be the writer, director, and primary creative force.
5. BE SAFE.  Safety in the production world is paramount, and all participants must be conscientious when shooting their Entries.  This includes having full written permission from the property owners or managers of any locations where you shoot. Please also consider filming protocols in your state for COVID-19 before shooting or producing any video project.