The #JusticeAidPrize, created in partnership with the Civic Life Project’s Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge, recognizes young filmmakers with extraordinary talent and a passion for social justice. At the JusticeAid Film Forum, held on September 17, 2020, we watched the films, announced the winners, and heard how the finalists are using their art to get out the vote and promote civil rights.
Many thanks to our distinguished judges; Rose Anderson of the New York Film Festivals; special guests Jason Hehir, Director, The Last Dance, and Kimberley Martin, NFL reporter for ESPN; and to the Civic Life Project.
Social Media Campaign Prize Winners
Short Documentary Campaign Prize Winners
Honorable Mention Prize Winners
Youth Film Challenge
Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge Semifinalists: Short Documentary
Burning Bridges: The Mountain Valley Pipeline
Ava and Mia Lazar
Cmd-Delete: Technology’s Damaging Effect on Democracy in 2020
Justice for All
Sam Schadt and George Fink
Stronger than Steel
Bridging the Partisan Divide
Phoebe Dragseth and Kellen Szumski
The Earth Needs Our Help
The Thing About Bag Searches
Athena Mateo and Mateo Nieto-Buie
Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge Semifinalists: Social Media Category
Climate Change Is in Your Hands
Voter Suppression in America: Frat Edition
How Your Vote Can Shape U.S. Climate Policy
Voter Suppression on Young Voters
Stand Against It
A Threat to Our Democracy
FRANCISCO J. NUNEZ
DONNA BROWN GUILLAUME
ALLISSA V. RICHARDSON
The Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge is a unique national film and social media competition that invites young people ages 15-25 to create and share compelling videos about an issue that affects their lives and communities.
This election year, JusticeAid sponsored additional #JusticeAidPrize awards for the competition. Students submitted their works in one of two categories:
Documentary films (up to 8 minutes) on social justice issues, such as voter suppression, police brutality, immigration, LGBTQ issues, and racism. Documentary winners receive complimentary entry into the 2021 New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards Social Justice Student Category.
— Cash awards for Gold: $2000, Silver: $1,000, Bronze: $500
Social media campaigns (no longer than 2 minutes) that motivate youth to “get out the vote.”
—Cash awards for Gold: $1000, Silver: $750, Bronze: $500
JusticeAid’s 2020 focus on voter suppression and voter engagement was the impetus for the JusticeAid Film Prize initiative.
Did you know that 15 million youth have turned 21 since the last election and now have the opportunity to cast a vote for the President? Let’s do everything we can to support them!
By all means, YES!
Please continue to spread the word on social media by tagging #JusticeAidFilmForum, #Democracy2020, #JusticeAidPrize, and #CivicLifeProject. And read up on voter suppression and support the vital work of our 2020 grantee-partner, Election Protection/866-OUR-VOTE (click on the information for your state).
Civic Life Project was founded in 2010 by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers and educators to use the power of digital storytelling to engage and inform the next generation of citizens.
#JusticeAidPrize finalists, and winners of the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge Civic Life Project awards, will be announced at the Civic Life Project Film Festival on Thursday, September 10th, at 7 PM. Learn more and RSVP.
We will continue to raise money for Election Protection between now and the national elections—when the youth vote will be an important factor. This year is the first opportunity for 15 million youth to cast a vote for President. Let’s do everything we can to support them!