Have you been thinking about how to address global problems or resolve inequities in your country, your state, your town, your community, your school, or even your family? Do you see a way forward? If you’re between the ages of 14 and 24 and you live or attend school in our region, the Youth Film Challenge invites you to make a 6-minute (or less) film that focuses on a specific challenge that divides us and shows how you would tackle it.
The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative has partnered with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Civic Life Project to present the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge. It’s easy to apply, it’s free to enter, and you won’t be on your own. You can learn skills from professional filmmakers in free workshops, and you can get advice along the way. Don’t worry about equipment; you can shoot it on your smartphone! You can get $50 toward your production if you’re among the first 50 to submit your film and free gear if you don’t have a camera.
Your entry will be judged by a panel of film industry professionals, and you’ll have the chance to win up to $2000 and have your film screened at 3 local theaters. You have until November 1 to submit your film.
Get the details at www.youthfilmchallenge.com, start putting together ideas for your film, fill out the application, learn any skills you need to know in our workshops/videos (below), shoot and edit your film, and submit it before the November 1 deadline.
- The submission period is from July 9, 2021 through November 1, 2021.You may enter as an individual or a group.
- Films should be no longer than 6 minutes.You may submit a film that’s already been completed or create something new!3You must be between the ages of 14 and 24.
- To participate you must be a resident of or attend school in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation region, which includes Berkshire County, Massachusetts; Columbia County, New York; parts of Dutchess County, New York; and parts of Litchfield County, Connecticut.