Youth Opportunities

Find  current youth media opportunities in the Twin Cities. SPNN Youth loves volunteers! For more information about volunteering or helping with one of our programs, please contact Nicola Pine at pine@spnn.org.

2015 Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards

Entries now open for 2015 Student Production Awards
These awards recognize outstanding high school & college student achievements in video media production and are intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism.

If I Had A Trillion Dollars Film Festival

The National Priorities Project (NPP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joined together to sponsor the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” (IHTD) youth film festival to help integrate the voices and ideas of young people into the nation’s budget debate.  As revenue and spending decisions made at the federal level disproportionately affect young people, the festival is geared toward educating and inspiring young people to engage in civic activism.

Beneath the Waves - Youth Making Ripples Contest

The Beneath the Waves – Youth Making Ripples Film Competition – is an opportunity  for K-12 students (< 18 years of age) to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for our oceans. We encourage elementary, middle and high school students to create their own marine related film on a topic of their interest. All submission must be less than 5 minutes. The message of your film can focus on an interesting marine topic, a specific marine related problem or issue, or a call to action for conservation.

90-Second Newbery Contest

The 90-Second Newbery contest is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.

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Strong Families Youth Online Film Fest

The Strong Families Youth Film Fest is a national online film festival curated by Media Literacy Project for Strong Families. They are looking for short videos created by youth ages 14-24 that address social issues that impact their everyday lives.

2015 National Film Festival for Talented Youth


NFFTY is the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. In 2014, we screened 214 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 30 states and 15 countries, with over 12,000 in attendance. NFFTY 2015 will be April 23-26 in Seattle, WA.

In 2014, MovieMaker Magazine rated NFFTY as one of the top 50 festivals worth the entry fee.

Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees  - Online Application and Film Received By:

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Join JuiceMedia at IFP

Calling all high school filmmakers!   Seeking young filmmakers to join IFP MN’s after-school youth filmmaking collective.  The program will begin on Tuesday, Jan 13 and will conclude with the EDU FilmFest on May 15.  When in session, JuiceMedia meets from 3 to 5 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Transportation is provided for Saint Paul Public School students.

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Join Youth Media Force at Asian Media Access

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Asian Media Access' Youth Media Force is a group of teens dedicated to utilizing multimedia to have their voices heard. They meet on a weekly basis to take on leadership to dramatically increasing media products among disadvantaged youth and fostering collaboration.

The overall goals of the Project are to:

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NCAC Youth Film Contest

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For the National Coalition Against Censorship's Tenth Annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest, they are seeking films about a censorship issue or event from the past 40 years, or films which explore what you think will be the major free speech questions of the future. Be engaging and informative, while showing how your topic fits into a historical context.

Shine a light into any corner of free expression: social media in schools, internet filters, privacy and surveillance, street art and vandalism, sex education, science textbooks, and more. 

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Cultivating Stage Presence Workshop for Teens

Saturday, November 22

1-3PM

Free but registration is required

This workshop will share practical tips, tactics and tools for overcoming stage fright, projecting your voice, controlling your body on stage, tapping into your natural emotions and personality, and more. All experience levels are welcome!
Taught by Guante. For teens ages 12 and up.

Register here

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