Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

January 11, 2018

Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

2017 Grand Prize Winner of the Speak Truth to Power Video Contest
"LGBTQ Rights in America: A Documentary"
Our Speak Truth To Power curriculum isn’t just about learning: it’s about taking action.

One of the ways that we encourage students to make a difference is through our annual video contest, presented in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute. Open to students in grades 6 through 12, the contest asks students to choose a human rights defender and create a short film that creatively describes how that defender inspires them to stand for change.

Contest Rules
  • Student videos must be between 3:00 minutes and 5:00 minutes in length.
  • The contest is open to middle and high school students (Grades 6-12).
  • Finalists will be showcased on the AFT, ShareMyLesson, and RFK Human Rights websites, and will be eligible for possible placement in The Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Students may compete individually or in a group. (Prizes awarded per winning video.)
  • The student documentary must be creative, inspiring, informative and teach others about a human rights issue and the defenders making a difference. Its objective should be to clearly highlight specific current human rights issues and inform viewers about individuals involved in addressing that issue. We will place a high priority on creative and story-driven interpretations of the subject.
  • Each submission must follow copyright / fair usage laws and include the proper citation at the conclusion of the video.
  • All videos must be uploaded to the judging website by ...
  •  If chosen as a finalist the classroom teachers must collect a consent form for the video to be used by AFT, RFK Human Rights, and Tribeca Films.