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Youth Free Expression Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2017
Scholarship Value: $1,000
Number of Scholarships - 3


The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of freedom of speech on social media. Should schools be allowed to punish students for off-campus posts? Can the government censor social media? Should Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms ban users for hate speech?

Recent incidents such as Facebook banning nude art, Instagram censoring murals that demeaned Hillary Clinton, and Twitter banning Milo Yiannopoulos have inspired lively debate over the relationship between social media and controversial speech. Some people believe that free speech rights on social media should be absolute. Others think platforms like Facebook should be responsible from protecting their users from feeling harassed or offended.

NCAC asks young filmmakers to be creative and thoughtful, and to read the contest rules and FAQ before beginning your project. You can also visit our guide to social media use and check out previous winning videos below.

Your films will be judged by an incredible panel of actors, screenwriters, and producers.

Submit your video no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Winners will be announced in June. Cash prizes up to $1,000!