2020 Video Contest Entry Rules
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We are extending the Video Contest deadline to 11:59 PM EDT on June 15!  We're aware that many of you have worked incredibly hard on your videos and, in these uncertain times, it is challenging to complete your films without collaborating with your classmates in person. Remember that an iPhone can be used to create a film, and that complex editing is not needed to tell inspiring stories that encourage audiences to take action. 

1. Select a Human Rights Defender from the STTP Curriculum or choose a local Defender from your community who has worked to defend, promote, protect or advance human rights locally, nationally, or internationally. You can also find a list of Defenders here

2. Check out previous contest winners and have a look at a few resources to learn more about editing, lighting, sound, and camera work. 

3. Create a 3-5 minute video that utilizes creative storytelling to teach others about a human rights issue, and follow the submission guidelines below. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations.

4. Make sure your film follows Copyright & Fair Use rules.

5. Submit your video on our website!  

6.  Spread the word about the contest through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to let everyone know how art can create a more just and peaceful world!

Submissions Guidelines

Films should creatively answer the following questions:

What is the human rights issue? 

How did the STTP Defender attempt to improve the situation?

What is the connection between your chosen defender and the work of RFK? (students can use quotes, archival footage or include a connection in the film’s narration)

How does the HR issue relate to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

How is this work connected to the student's local community?

What is the current status of the HR issue?

What can the activist's life teach us?    

Any questions? Email Ben Higgins at Higgins@rfkhumanrights.org