Deadline for Entries: March 1st, 2013
What is the American Graduate Student Film Festival?
The American Graduate Student Film Festival (AGFF) is an online video competition for students ages 10 to 19 to engage youth about the high student dropout crisis. AGFF is a program of the National Black Programming Consortium and the American Graduate initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). You can learn more about the drop out issue atamericangraduate.org.
Are there prizes?
Yes! Members of each winning team can win up cool prizes like an iPad, iPod Touch or $100 gift certificate. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams consisting of a maximum of five members. The winning team will be flown with a chaperone to Washington, DC to receive their prize.
Who can enter the competition?
Submissions can come from students currently enrolled in middle or high school. Individuals or a group with a maximum of five team members are also eligible to submit a project.
What can I do to win?
You can create your own original short form video, PSA, music video, or animation (including animated graphic novel). The maximum length is five minutes (including 60 seconds max credits).
You will be competing with students from around the country, so be creative and innovative. Give us something we haven’t seen before on the subject.
What must be the themes of videos submitted to the festival?
Any of the following themes will be acceptable when judging for official selections into AGFF 2013.
- Vulnerable Students: Why are some students more vulnerable to dropping out? What are their stories and how have some overcome these challenges? What are the external forces that keep students from succeeding and how can young people over come them?
- The Role of Youth in Dropout Prevention: Young people can play an important role in saving themselves and/or helping each other.
- Not so Old School: How can schools, parents and communities be more effective in helping students facing academic or social challenges succeed in school?
As you can see, we want your videos to challenge us with exciting stories, new ways of addressing the issues, and bring new solutions to bear from a youth perspective.