Democracy Youth Film Challenge Information Session

May 6, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

About this event

In collaboration with Civic Life Project, the Gephardt Institute challenges WashU students to create and submit video works for the Democracy Youth Film Challenge this summer! 

The Film Challenge calls on students to use their civic and political voice! Create a well-researched, compelling, and balanced video examining an issue you are passionate about (gun violence, immigration, climate change, voting!) for a chance to receive cash prizes of up to $5,000.  

This is a virtual event.

Please follow this link to join

The 2022 Democracy Youth Film Challenge is an annual national film competition for youth ages 15-25 organized by the Civic Life Project. The goal of the Film Challenge is to encourage youth to create a well-researched, empathetic, compelling, and balanced video about a civic issue they believe to be important. In the process, students become aware of the importance of their civic voice and participation.

There are two submission categories: 

  • The Documentary Category is for videos up to 8 minutes in length and must focus on an issue the filmmaker believes should be addressed by 2022 candidates. 
  • The Social Media Category (presented in partnership with the Campus Vote Project) is for works up to 2 minutes with an aim to measurably increase youth registration and voter turnout in 2022. 

The top films, selected by a panel of volunteer judges, receive cash prizes of up to $5,000! Selected films will be presented at an online Awards Ceremony on September 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM EST. Learn more.

There will also be an on-campus screening of WashU submissions in fall of 2022.