Second Annual White House Student Film Festival


Consider this your casting call:

If you know a budding student filmmaker, President Obama just announced the second annual White House Student Film Festival, and he’s issuing a call for entries.

Make a three-minute film about the impact of giving back, and it might get a screening right here at the White House. This weekend is the perfect time to get started.

So what are you waiting for?   Lights, camera… action!

 We’re looking for videos that highlight the impact of service and giving back.

Every day in classrooms and communities throughout our country, young people are making an impact in the lives of others through service and giving back. Volunteering takes so many different forms in our country and is one of the most important experiences that you can have. Service to others and giving back can offer purpose and perspective. You may find that making a difference in your community or in someone else’s life is an experience that can make a difference in your own life. President Obama has said that service gave him a compass, a center, and a sense of direction of how he wanted to live his own life.

Call for Entries

We are happy to announce that from now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. So tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary, so break out the lights, write a script, get the camera ready, and show us your passion for service and giving back. We can’t wait to see what you will make this year! For inspiration, take a look at the official selections from last year’s White House Student Film Festival, when the theme was the power of technology in education.

Films can be short – in fact, they must be 3 minutes tops. The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. If selected, you may have a chance to attend the film fest yourself at the White House.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All films must be shorter than 3 minutes.
  • All films must be made by students in grades K-12.
  • No film may use copyrighted material including music, TV shows, or movies.
  • All films must be uploaded to YouTube
  • All film submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 20, 2015.