As part of the Story in the Public Square initiative, the Pell Center and The Providence Journal challenge high school and undergraduate college students to produce a short video, film or animation that would enlighten viewers about childhood poverty - and move people to take action individually, collectively or through public policymakers.
Using U.S. Census Bureau data, national advocacy group Kids Count estimates that 23 percent of American children live in poverty today.
The grand prize winner will receive $1,000, and two others will be selected for honorable mention. Winning productions will be published online by the Pell Center and winners will be honored at the Story Day conference April 11, 2014. This year's theme is "Moving Images: Storytelling on Screen." The guest of honor will be Emmy award-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.
- All entries must be uploaded to YouTube no later than 11:59:59 p.m. March 30, 2014. Early entries are strongly encouraged.
- After successful upload, send your YouTube URL/link, along with your name(s), your university's name(s) and a valid email address, to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Productions may be either fiction or nonfiction, but they must address childhood poverty.
- 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?