It was a tough call for our judges, who spent days pouring through our wonderful video submissions to pick our winners. We’re pleased to announce our winners and honorable mentions! Congrats to all who submitted, and all who won. Your voices are important. Check out the winning videos and go vote on November 6th!
With Halloween fast approaching, as you’re picking out your outfit to dress the town, why not pull out your camera and create some content around the next important holiday: Election day. Today marks our seven day count down to the October 29th deadline! As a little incentive, we wanted to share that Vote It Forward Festival is featured in the following media sources… and more!
Watch Caits Meissner, Managing Producer of the Vote It Forward Festival, explain how to submit your voting-oriented video for cash prizes this October.
“The future of this country is in the hands of the young people” – Nas
Welcome to the Vote It Forward Festival! The election is upon us, and as we get closer to the voter registration deadline, we wanted to take a look back in time, giving a brief history on the voting movements that have come before us. Understanding the power of media and it’s influence on the political landscape, the Vote it Forward Film Festival would like to assist in getting your voices heard. Through the facilitation of this artful contest, we get to offer you, the people, an opportunity to speak out for what it is that you believe in, while sharing these experiences with the world.
So who has leveraged media before us to urge the people to speak out? Let’s take a look…
This four letter word, small in size, is the inalienable right to have your raised hand counted. That liberty is being comprised. We live in a time where that freedom is being suppressed, bullied and, unfortunately, neglected. Dialogue fosters change. It allows us to see the commonalities in each other and offers a platform to express ideas. With November right around the corner, awareness of the issues and the bylaws surrounding voter rights effect the outcome of Election Day 2012. Party affiliation aside, everyone has the right to vote. Your presence must be accounted for and the sound of your voice must be heard.
The VIFF is an on-line film festival dedicated to you–the dreamer, the comedic genius (and most of all) the American. We believe that your stories of using your right vote and raising awareness of the barriers used to deny that right will help enlighten others to do the same. Have an idea for a political satire that too funny to keep in the vault? Is there an elderly couple in your neighborhood who have wisdom to impart of why they’ve voted all these years? Do you have a testimonial of casting your first vote as a first-generation citizen in 2008? Shoot it, edit it and send it to us. And for all you spoken word artists who have a poem you want to give to the masses, our mic is open to you.
Your videos of everyday heroism, unscripted candor and viral-ready hilarity add depth to the overall mosaic of this country. The time is now and we need you now, more than ever.