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Deadline: December 2016, check website for details.

Eligibility: Each year NCAC challenges young people all across the nation to think about their First Amendment rights and the issue of free speech. The theme varies each year. Students must make a short film about a censorship issue or event from the past 40 years, or explore the major free speech questions of the future – social media in schools, internet filters, privacy and surveillance, street art and vandalism, sex education and science textbooks. Applicants can use NCAC’s Censorpedia wiki ( for inspiration. Film your response in four minutes or less. Entries can be videos of any kind, including documentary, animation, experimental, satire, fictional narrative, or music video.
Applications must be submitted and films uploaded to YouTube by deadline. Contestants must be either living in the United States or its territories (but need not be citizens) and must be age 19 or younger on the day the file is submitted.

Award: $1,000 cash prize and $5,000 film scholarship for first-place winner.

Contact: Application and contest details available at
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
19 Fulton St. Suite 407
New York, NY 10038