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Do you have a passion for storytelling and creating short films? We are seeking short films from middle school and high school students, ages 13-18. Your mission is to create and submit a short film – between 90 seconds and 4 minutes - across one of the following themes:

Theme 1: How Education Opens Doors 
Create a video to inspire your peers about the importance of an education. Some themes you might consider are:
  • The importance of graduation
  • The power of mentorship
  • How education prepares you for the jobs of the future
Theme 2: Cyberbullying
Create a video to highlight the importance of positivity and kindness in a world where many young people face bullying (or may have bullied others). Some themes you might consider are:
  • How can mobile phones be used to spread positivity and kindness
  • The importance of stepping in to help others when they are facing bullying
Theme 3: Distracted Driving
Create a video to remind your peers why it’s an important not to drive distracted. Some themes you might consider are:
  • How everyone in a car has a responsibility to make sure a driver isn’t distracted
  • Nothing on a cell phone is more important than safe driving


• 1st Place:   All-expense paid trip (with parent/guardian chaperone) to participate in a Fresh Films summer or spring break program approximately 5-8 days in length, and a Camera Equipment Kit*
 2nd Place:  1-day Fresh Films workshop for winner and up to 9 friends in the winner's hometown, and a Camera Equipment Kit*
 3rd Place:   Camera Equipment Kit*

*Camera Equipment Kit includes digital video camera and lens, slate and microphone for recording audio, plus SD/memory cards. The approximate retail value is $2,000.


  • Your original short film must incorporate one of the above themes
  • Length: Film must be a minimum of 90 seconds, not to exceed 4 minutes, including credits
  • Supported video file type:  .mp4
  • Language: Film must be in English
  • Must be original work completed by the student that enters
  • Filmmakers should avoid any trademarked names or logos of images appearing in their film
  • Selected finalists will be required to provide talent and location release clearance forms. If actors are under 18, talent release forms will require parent/guardian signature.
  • See Official Rules for full list of requirements
  • Youth Category FAQ 


For the youth category, winners are selected primarily based on the originality and promise of their vision. Don’t have professional-level equipment? That’s ok! Entries filmed on mobile devices are also accepted, and your entry will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Originality of message
  • Creativity
  • Characterization
  • Written description of vision for the film


Students must be currently enrolled in middle school or high school, ages 13-18. Must be U.S. resident. Finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment documentation.

This category is supported by AT&T through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire. Through Aspire, AT&T helps provide access to the education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

For more information on our efforts to combat cyberbullying and distracted driving, visit our Later Haters and It Can Wait sites.

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