I was notified today of an interesting film competition for college and high
school students: Film Your
(FYI). Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

Winners are selected by an illustrious VIP Jury, by the public online, and by
participating cause organizations. Prizes to eleven winning films include
internships at USA TODAY, The United Nations, P.O.V. and The Humane Society and
a $5000 college scholarship from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
Strong American Schools, and a filmmaker VIP Pass and presentation at
SILVERDOCS:  AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival.  Winning films or
excerpts will also be broadcast on Starz, and a selection presented at the
annual NAACP Conference. The MTV audience favorite will be featured on Think,
MTV’s multi-media community focused on youth activism, and the winning filmmaker
profiled on MTV News.  In addition, FYI presents two additional annual awards: 
The Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award to an academic
institution, and The Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, to an

FYI 2008’s VIP Jury is headed by legendary news anchors and
authors Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, and includes MySpace Founder Tom
Anderson, MTV President Christina Norman, CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, NBC Anchor
Brian Williams, United Nations DPI Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka,
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. 

Sounds like an interesting showcase for students to use multimedia to express
themselves on important topics. I like the two-minute constraint too. It forces
students to pare down to their essential message…

Here are some of the past honorees: