Youth Media Awards

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Youth Media Awards Application

WHYY is looking for the best youth-created videos of the 2016-2017 school year for our 2017 Youth Media Awards film festival. The Awards will honor the best youth media created in the Philadelphia region between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.

Selected videos will be screened at WHYY during an evening film festival in mid-October, where prizes will be awarded. A selection of the winners will be shown on WHYY's YArts Channel.

Submission Requirements

Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2017. Selections will be made by late September for a mid-October screening.

To be eligible, your video must meet the following criteria:
  • Videos must have been created by students living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware during the creation of the video.
  • All videos must be less than 7 min. in duration.
  • Videos may be produced by individuals or groups, but must be produced entirely by youth who were in grades 6-12 during the video's production.
  • The majority of work done on video must have occurred between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.
  • All media used in the video must be owned by the students, used with permission, or used in a manner consistent with the fair use guidelines.

All videos must be uploaded to a video serving website, such as YouTube or Vimeo. Unfortunately we cannot accept videos from Facebook or other social networking sites. If your video is accepted, WHYY will request a full resolution video file (mov, MPEG2, MPEG4, m4v, avi, or h264) or a playable DVD.

Questions? Contact Craig Santoro, Education Director, at or 215-351-3318.

Judging Process

Videos must be submitted in one of two competitive divisions: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. A video's division is determined by the highest grade-level of any producer during the creation of the video.

WHYY will be accepting videos in four categories:
  • News Report: A news or feature story that showcases original reporting by the students involved.
  • Documentary: A factual accounting of true events, using interviews, b-roll, narration and event footage. Does not generally use actors or scripted dialogue. Longer and more in depth than a news reporting.
  • Narrative: A scripted piece using actors to tell a story.
  • Open: Your video doesn't fit into the categories above? This is the category for you.

Trophies will be presented to winners and honorable mentions in all categories. The best three videos over all will win special prizes. Additionally, a half-hour "Best of the Fest" program will be aired on the WHYY's Anthology program on the YArts channel. Winning filmmakers submitting their project as a group will be awarded one prize for the group.

To submit your film for consideration, fill out the form below:

First Name:

Last Name:







Film Title:

Film URL (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.):

Running Time (Example: 5:31):



Name of school/program where film was produced:

Names of all student producers who worked on this movie:

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