NEWPORT, R.I. -High school and
undergraduate college students are being challenged to address the pressing
issue of childhood poverty in a filmmaking contest. The competition is part of
Story in the Public Square, a joint initiative of the Pell Center at Salve
Regina University and The Providence Journal.
The maker (or makers) of the winning film will receive $1,000 and two
other films will be selected for honorable mention. All three will be honored
during this year's Story Day conference, April 11, 2014, when participants will
explore the theme of Moving Images: Public storytelling in film, video, TV and
animation. Winning productions will be published online by the Pell Center. For
more information about the initiative, please visit www.publicstory.org.
"Nearly a quarter of American children live in poverty today," said G.
Wayne Miller, who directs Story in the Public Square. "In a recent speech in
Providence, Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and director of the Children's Defense
Fund, said 'If we don't stand for ending poverty in the richest nation on
earth, we don't stand for anything.' So, we challenge students to tell a story
through a short video, film or animation that would enlighten viewers about
childhood poverty - and move people to take action individually, collectively
or through public policy."
- All entries must be uploaded to YouTube no later than 11:59:59 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2014. Early entries are strongly encouraged.
- After successful upload, send your YouTube URL/link, along with your
name(s), your school's name(s) and a valid email address, to: email@example.com with "2014 contest" in the subject field.
- All productions must be the original work of the maker(s). If a team
wins, members will divide prize proceeds. By submitting your entry, you agree
to have your film published by the Pell Center.
- Productions must be no longer than 3 minutes (3:00).
- Productions may be either fiction or non-fiction, but they must address
- All contestants must be enrolled as a high school or undergraduate
student at an accredited school, college or university at the time of the
contest and provide proof of enrollment prior to award.
- All awards will be decided by a committee of judges. The committee
reserves the right in its sole discretion to make no award if judging criteria
have not been met. The decisions of the committee are final.
Criteria for Judging
- Does the production address childhood poverty?
- Could it inspire action?
- Is it well done?
In addition to interactive panels with accomplished storytellers, Story
Day 2014 will also feature the presentation of the Pell Center Prize for Story
in the Public Square to Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer, and actor Danny
Strong, whose screenwriting credits include Recount, Game Change, Lee Daniels'
The Butler, and Mockingjay, the two-part Hunger Games finale, set for release
later this year and in 2015.
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