Speak Truth To Power: Student Video Contest

By on February 13, 2014

Update: Deadline Tomorrow!

The deadline for the Speak Truth to Power Student Video Competition is Friday, February 14. Make sure you get your entries in before the deadline. And good luck! We can’t wait to see those videos!

Ensemble Video Announces Sponsorship of Speak Truth To Power Student Video Competition.

The Speak Truth to Power student video competition challenges middle and high school students to create a 3-6 minute video short film, teaching others about a human rights issue, such as bullying, domestic violence, human trafficking, or genocide. Sponsored by the American Federation of TeachersTribeca Film InstituteEnsemble Video, and theRobert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the competition empowers students to develop their storytelling skills, and engage in human rights activism.

“The lesson that we all have a responsibility to stand up and speak out against inequality and injustice is so important,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “This video contest will engage students in what it means to be a defender of human rights.”

2013 Grand Prize Winner, from the The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn

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Celebrity Judges

Finalists will be judged by film and television star ​Alec Baldwin, RFK Center president Kerry Kennedy, documentary filmmaker and producer Rory Kennedy, Tribeca Film Institute Executive director Beth Janson, New York State United Teachers president ​Richard Iannuzzi, and Ensemble Video VP of Marketing and Sales, Scott Nadzan.

“When we were approached to sponsor this initiative, it was a no-brainer,” said Ensemble Video Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Scott Nadzan. “Ensemble video was created by a group of educators, to support teaching and learning. This is a perfect example of what can be possible with video in education, and we are proud to partner with the American Federation of Teachers, Tribeca Film Institute, and the RFK Center, to empower student voices and help them shine a light on important human rights issues.”

Ensemble Video will provide the streaming platform for video content on the competition website. It will also serve as a secure, central repository and publishing platform for student entries, hosted in the Ensemble Video cloud. The video dropbox feature provides a simple, user-friendly way for contestants to upload entries online, from their computer, laptop, or mobile device. Contest administrators can utilize Ensemble’s robust sharing controls to enable private viewing for judges, and ultimately to publish winning entries to any website, CMS, or blog.

Competition Goes National

Although previously limited to students in the state of New York, this year the competition is open to students across the nation. “We have seen the transformative impact of this contest on students in New York State,” said RFK Center’s Speak Truth To Power director, John Heffernan. “This year, we are thrilled to be able to expand our reach nationwide.”

Visit the Speak Truth To Power student video competition website for more information, and get your students involved today!


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