Youth Voices: Digital Stories

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Youth Voices: Digital Stories

Levine Museum of the New South encourages students to submit entries to the Youth Voices: Digital Stories initiative. We want to showcase short documentaries created by students, so go out there and record with the tools you already have. 

We want to amplify youth voices recording history, so tell us about a story or a cause that is important to you in a short video. Films will be presented at a community showcase this fall, with prizes for the best submissions.  Need help getting started? Join us for a virtual filmmaking tutorial with Frederick Murphy (History Before Us) on August 11th at 3 PM.

Possible ideas: 

  • Family history 
    • Ex: Highlight individual member(s) of your family or a general recount of moments within your family’s history. 
  • History of your school, neighborhood, or street 
    • Ex: Who is it named after, key moment(s) or influential people from it. 
  • Social justice.
    • Highlight an important cause to you: what is challenging about the issue, and how can the audience learn more about it or get involved?  
    • Ex: environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ rights, racial inequality.  

Guidelines:

  • Films should be by students (high school or younger). Adults can offer advisory assistance but should refrain from making technical or creative decisions. 
  • Films should be no longer than 8 minutes and at least 2 minutes in duration. 
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, and students are encouraged to submit as a group or individually. 
  • All skill levels are welcome.
  • Submission deadline: September 30, 2022

How to enter:

  1. Make a short documentary 2-8 minutes long
  2. Use the Digital Stories image title card (download here) within your intro or outro slides, or use the following language: This film was created as part of the Levine Museum of the New South’s Youth Voices: Digital Stories 2022 showcase.  
  3. Upload your film to YouTube as an unlisted video. Include a short description of your film (tagline or one sentence max description), and use the following title option: Digital Stories 2022: [Name of your film]
  4. Once uploaded to YouTube, submit your link and fill out this FORM 

Resources To Help You!

Watch our virtual filmmaking tutorial with Frederick Murphy (History Before Us).