The theme for the 13th Annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest is "What what you #Tweet! How free should social media be?"
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.
The top three winners receive:
-Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.
-A one-year, complimentary student membership to the Rubin Museum of Art.
-The first place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy.
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.