For submission into the 2019 Youth Action Film Festival, your film must follow one of these prompts. If you are submitting from outside the United States, your perspective on these issues is valuable as well.
The question of America has become increasingly relevant over the last year in our public space. Questions of race, gender identity, and economic status have become increasingly prominent in today’s society.
This year, we want the films to be based on prompts from American Creed. American Creed is a conversation and discourse started by Drs. Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy in order to find how we as Americans define and understand our national character.
To watch the American Creed Film, head to PBS.org
To see more about the prompts and the project, head to the National Writing Project’s page on the American Creed.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AMERICAN?
WHAT HOLDS US TOGETHER IN TURBULENT TIMES?
There are 5 prompts to choose from:
What is your idea of the American Creed?
The stories and experiences captured in American Creed explore continuing interactions between our aspirations as a nation and the realities of our achievements, focusing on individuals who are working to bring us closer to our aspirations. We invite you to respond to American Creed by advocating for your own American ideals and exploring how we as a nation can better achieve our vision.
How does your family & community history connect to the American Creed?
The individuals portrayed in American Creed ground their commitments and perspectives in family and community history. We invite you to respond to American Creed by telling the story of your family and community and using that story to explore the themes of American Creed.
How is the American Creed expressed, in words, symbols, and rituals?
Throughout American Creed, words, symbols, and rituals hold deep, even defining, meaning. Words, like opportunity or equality, and symbols like flags or uniforms, can bring us together or can trigger controversy or misunderstanding. Rituals, like citizenship ceremonies, can can connect us with values. We invite you to respond to American Creed by investigating words, symbols, and rituals that define us or divide us as a nation.
How do diverse Americans understand the American Creed?
Joan Blades and Mark Meckler began a conversation that led them to better understand each other and the nation they held in common. We invite you to respond to American Creed through conversations and interviews. You might portray a conversation among members of your community, between aspects of yourself, between fictional or historic characters, or others. Or you might interview members of the community to portray their voices and views.
How can we express the American Creed through action?
The individuals portrayed in American Creed take action as a way of expressing their sense of the American Creed. For example, in his hometown in Pennsylvania, Joe Maddon saw a need for neighbors to get to know each other and created the Hazelton Integration Project to support youth sports and activity programs. We invite you to propose, describe, or document actions people are taking to bring the aspirations and realities of the American Creed closer together.
Youth Action Film Festival is asking you to consider these prompts carefully and create a mindful video that answers one of these questions. Inappropriate videos will not be considered for judging.