Travel story video contest for students and teachers. Voting ends 8PM PDT on Thursday March 30th.
Coming Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Delancey Street Screening Room.
Our 2015-16 contest has ended. Congratulations to the finalists and winners!
Our Finalists and special nominees will receive a little "video coaching" and create new videos for our May 7th final round -- our Festival Showcase and Awards Bash.
PUBLIC VOTE: The public vote for Semi-Finalists' videos ran for 7 days -- Friday, March 24 through Thursday March 30 at 8pm PST.
Alivia D'Andrea of Glendora High School in Southern California is our EarlyBird Winner! She won a $200 cash prize with her excellent video,"Ethnic Mirror." See it here:
Ethnic Mirror from Alivia D'Andrea.
Inspired by "The Voice" TV show, selected Finalists will have the chance to work briefly with a mentor in the arts & entertainment industry to update their original video in to a new "Showcase Video" for the April 23rd Festival and Awards Bash.
To fully appreciate China’s diversity, complexity and nuances, it takes traveling there — journeying beyond standard tourist destinations, immersing yourself in the pulse of different regions, and engaging with locals, traditions and trends.
Our third annual Youth Voices Contest theme is “DISCOVER YOUR CHINA” and contestants were invited to submit creative videos describing a China trip they’d like to take and why.
Or, if they had already traveled to or lived in China, we invited them to share a memorable China travel story that might inspire more Americans to visit.
Whether it’s spending time in highly developed Shanghai, delving in China’s vast interior, or going completely off the beaten path, we looked forward to seeing videos focusing on "UNCOMMON China" and ones that were funny, poignant, cool, clever, romantic, or perhaps worthy of an action movie or documentary.
In general, the common threads among our winning entries are always those stories that are highly personal, original and engaging -- ones with unique perspectives that told us something about the filmmaker(s) and their personal interests.
For inspiration, we shared the2016 contest video by Williams College alum Ralston Louie, which was fitting for our "Discover Your China" theme:
We invited students to create videos that help them discover "their own China," while aiming to inspire OTHERS to discover THEIR China. Video entries fell inne or more of these categories:
From exploring the latest in robotics at Shenzhen's Maker Faire and tracking China's explosive soccer growth...to catching China’s top B-boy breakdancers in a crew battle or a live League of Legends Pro League showmatch in Shanghai...share your journey with us!
2. Unforgettable Memories
Did you face your fear of heights by walking across Hunan’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, the world’s longest, highest glass bridge at 1400 feet? Can’t stop talking about the unusual foods you devoured, like Guiyin’s fiery Lovers’ Tofu dish? Or about the cool new friends you made at Hangzhou’s Qiantang River Tidal Bore Festival, where pro surfers surfed 10-15ft waves inland? We want you to share THOSE moments — the bonding adventures and personal firsts that made your China trip truly unforgettable.
3. Making A Positive Impact
Do you love volunteering or making a meaningful difference? Tell us about a community service project you'd like to implement (or have done) in China that might help a community or neighborhood, a school, a local family or students and why it's important to you.
Youth Voices on China is is the 1990 Institute’s annual national online video contest that leverages the power of video and social media to inspire and engage youth to positively impact the US-China relationship.
In an increasingly globalized, interconnected world, our future depends upon the relationships America has with other countries, most notably China.
Dialogue, cross-cultural understanding, and collaboration are the keys to a stronger US-China relationship, and we believe YOU — our youth — have the power, ability, the voice, and the creativity to strengthen it.
Joan Chen, the celebrated actress, filmmaker and 1990 Institute Board Member, is our Jury President who heads up our prestigious jury panel of 10+ judges for 2016, which includes Foreign Policy Magazine's David Wertime, Alibaba US head Annie Xu, Hollywood producer Janet Yang, George Lucas Educational Foundation's Milton Chen, Smithsonian Institute SVP Alan Chu, and Tencent's Victoria Wu and more!
By entering our contest, you agree to our Official Contest Rules. Here are the very basics:
See our Judging Criteria here.
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