"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" National Youth Film Festival Now Accepting Entries

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4th Annual Youth Film Festival asks youth 23 or younger to say how they would spend $1 Trillion, using short videos. The American Friends Service Committee sponsors the project, which culminates in a trip to Washington and screenings

"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" is the annual national youth film festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Quaker peace and social justice organization.

The festival and leadership development program is now in its fourth year. Dozens of youth from across the U.S. answer the question "what would you do with $1 trillion" for themselves, their families and their communities.

In making their short videos, the youth are asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The film festival seeks to change that.

The festival culminates in April in Washington DC, where AFSC will hold a youth leadership conference, film screening for members of Congress and a free public screening.

To submit an entry visit http://ihtd.org and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

For more on AFSC’s work for peace and justice, visit http://www.afsc.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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