Our Voices

New school year, new video contest: 2024 submissions now open!

Without question, a highlight every year is the screening of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power video contest winners at the TriBeCa Festival. Over more than ten years, students from across the country and internationally have submitted films addressing the full spectrum of human rights issues.

Students are bold and fearless with the topics they address and the thoughtfulness with which they share the stories of human rights defenders is always moving.

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Festival, RFK Human Rights created the annual Speak Truth to Power Video Contest in 2012, encouraging middle and high school students to use film as a tool to discuss human rights issues that resonate with them. In creating these short three- to five-minute videos, whether they be documentaries, narrative films, or experimental, students not only learn about human rights but also become champions of change and social justice. Students from all backgrounds can participate in the contest without needing expensive equipment or prior video editing skills.

This year’s Speak Truth to Power competition, in addition to the high school and middle school categories, will include a new category for post-secondary students. College and university students are encouraged to consider our guidelines when creating and submitting their short film.

Next year’s contest deadline is April 26, 2024 11:59 p.m. EDT. Submissions are judged by a panel of film industry experts, actors, and educators. Winning films will be featured at a special showcase in conjunction with the annual Tribeca Festival event in New York City.

For more information about our video contest, click here.