Here are four quick tips to help you when entering the contest …
The No Malice Film Competition encourages young people to take a creative and thoughtful approach to creating social change by writing and directing short films. To enter the contest, you must be an Illinois resident between the ages of 11 and 21. Live action submissions should be between 3 and 7 minutes long, while animated submissions should be at least 45 seconds long. The cash prizes for each age group (11-14, 15-18 and 19-21) range from $ 500 to $ 2000 and the contest fidgetcube is April 30, 2021. Winners will receive cash prizes and their films will be shown at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and at the Ebertfest Film Festival. You can find the full contest rules, information and recordings from previous sessions by clicking on here.
In the brief PSA embedded above, Chaz Ebert joins Jewel Ifeguni in shedding light on the historical inspiration for the contest. The name of the competition is inspired by President Lincoln’s second inaugural address in which he called on Americans to end slavery, rebuild the nation, and heal the nation’s wounds “with wickedness to no one, with charity to all”. But as we learned in 2020 after George Floyd’s death and social justice protests around the world, the wounds still sting. To heal, we must first listen to the expression of pain and the experiences of people. Storytelling through cinema has the power to change hearts and minds. My late husband Roger Ebert said that movies are a machine that generates empathy that allows us to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and emotions. Empathy can lead to more understanding and compassion, acts of kindness and / or forgiveness. It is essential that the next generation that will lead us to a better place has a chance to be heard. Perhaps they can help forge a path to unity and harmony through their art.
On Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m. CT, contest participants are invited to join the director of the award-winning establishment. DePaul / CHA Youth Film Programs, Liliane Calfee, for an exciting hour on the basics of cinema for the classroom. This workshop is primarily intended for teachers, as Ms. Calfee will review a mini-program including how to involve young people in building stories for the film, links to how best to film with a cell phone or tablet, and where to get royalty free footage. And the sound. It will be invaluable. For the past six years, Liliane Calfee has organized summer cinema screenings for young people (ages 15-20) in social housing within DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts. The shorts have won awards at several festivals such as the ‘Reel Sisters of the Diaspora’ (NYC) qualifying Oscar and have screened nationally and internationally, including the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. To register for this seminar, click here: http://bit.ly/Filmmaking101_NMFC.