Students will compete individually or in groups in three age groups: 11-14, 15-18 and 19-21. Entries must be submitted by Friday April 30th. Live-action movies should be between three and seven minutes long. The minimum length of animated films is 45 seconds. Cash prizes will be presented at a first red carpet to be held at the Presidential Library and Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Ill. On July 31 of this year. First place winners in each age group will receive $ 2,000; second place winners in each age group will receive $ 1,000; and the third place winners in each age bracket will receive $ 500. The winning films will also be screened at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ebertfest Film Festival. Illinois schools will use films and supplemental programs created by educators to talk about race and the detrimental impact of prejudice and injustice.
Several virtual events are planned over the next two months with professional filmmakers, starting with Creative Cypher founder Troy Osborne Pryor on Saturday February 6 (you can register for the Zoom session Here). For the full calendar of events, click Here, and be sure to also visit the official website of the Presidential Library and Abraham Lincoln Museum. In the video below, RogerEbert.com editor Chaz Ebert presents the No Malice film competition with YouMatter Studios founder and CEO Jewel Ifeguni.