Join the &#39Film Your Issue&#39 Competition

by HRC Staff

The Human Rights Campaign is proud to partner with the "Film Your Issue Competition."

HRC has joined forces with a variety of other non-profit and media organizations to engage young adults from 14 to 24 years old in pressing social issues using the power of the internet as part of the fourth annual "Film Your Issue" competition. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to partner with this competition and will pick the winning entry for the gay and lesbian issue section.

In its 4th year, FYI - Film Your Issue has grown into a global internet-based competition inviting more than 25 million high school and college students in the U.S. to engage in pressing contemporary issues by creating and uploading two-minute short films on issues that impact their generation. In addition to taking the pulse of young adults on issues, FYI - Film Your Issue encourages young people to add their voice to the public dialogue, and underscores how individual voices can influence public debate.

Beginning Feb. 15, films can be uploaded on multiple participating platforms including MTV, YouTube and AFI Screen Nation, as well as promoted on MySpace TV, after registering on Select entries will be highlighted on MySpace TV and distributed by The Associated Press to its 1800 U.S. media outlets. The submission deadline is April 14, 2008.

Winners are selected by an illustrious jury, by the public and by participating cause organizations. The public voting will occur on MTV's website. Prizes include internship opportunities and a $5,000 cash prize from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Strong American Schools. Winning films will be broadcast on Starz, and a finalist profiled on MTV News.

FYI 2008's VIP Jury is headed by legendary news anchors and authors Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, and includes HRC President Joe Solmonese, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), MySpace Founder Tom Anderson, MTV President Christina Norman, CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, NBC Anchor Brian Williams, Best Buy Vice-Chairman Brad Anderson, HBO Host Bill Maher, USA TODAY Publisher Craig Moon, USA TODAY Founder Al Neuharth, Weinstein Company Co-founder Harvey Weinstein and others.

Partners for the 2008 FYI competition are USA TODAY, The Associated Press, The United Nations, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MTV, MySpace, YouTube, NAACP, The Humane Society of the United States, The American Film Institute Silverdocs and AFI Screen Nation, Natural Resources Defense Council, PBS award-winning documentary series P.O.V., Starz, The Human Rights Campaign, ASCAP and The International Documentary Association. Academic partners are The Association of American Colleges and Universities, The National Association of Student Councils, The American Association of College Professors and The University Film and Video Association.

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