Travel story video contest for students and teachers.
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Calling all students and mediamakers age 13-25 in the U.S. and China to pre-register for the 1990 Institute’s 2017 Youth Voices on China Video Contest.
Finalists will win a trip to San Francisco, get a full red carpet experience and share in awards totaling $30,000 at our YVOC Video Festival and Awards Gala in April 2017.
Submit your videos pertaining to our "Discover Your China" travel theme below between December 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. To be eligible for Early Bird prize(s), submit by January 10!
*NEW THIS YEAR*
Finalists will work with a mentor to edit their submitted video for the Festival showcase (these versions are eligible for prizes outside the National Prize); winners also have a chance to win "US-China Career Discovery" mentorship meetings and lunches with executives from Alibaba and more.
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 are invited to submit creative videos describing a China trip you’d like to take and why.
Or, if you already have experience traveling to or living in China, 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 look forward to seeing videos that focus on "UNCOMMON China" and are funny, poignant, cool, clever, romantic, or perhaps worthy of an action movie or documentary.
But, most of all, winning entries will be the stories that are highly personal, original and engaging -- ones with unique perspectives and tell us something about YOU and your personal interests.
For inspiration, see the 2016 contest video by Williams College alum Ralston Louie, fitting for our "Discover Your China" theme:
As you "Discover Your China" while creating your video, it should also strive to inspire others to discover THEIR China. Your video should fall into one 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, and 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 newJudging Criteria here.
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