American Friends Service Committee Announces Official Selections for 3d Annual Youth Video Contest

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More than 240 youth across the U.S. use videos to answer what they’d do with $1 trillion, for themselves, their family, and community in the 3d annual festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization working for lasting peace with justice. Twenty-five entries have been named official selections.

The third annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival has garnered a record 63 entries from more than 240 youth across the nation. Twenty-five have been named official selections.

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the National Priorities Project, the $1 Trillion festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.”

“An Animated Trillion Dollar Alphabet” lists the enormous number of things $1 trillion can buy, helping to illustrate the immense size of the federal budget. With titles like “Priceless: the Trillion Dollar Movie,” the videos feature clever lyrics and thoughtful policy recommendations by a diverse and creative group of young people.

In making their videos, youth 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. View the official selections here.
The submissions come from Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, and Pittsburgh among other communities. They were created by young people ages 9 to 23 from 33 different organizations and six schools, and living in 15 states.

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 April 13-15, 2013 in Washington DC, where the youth will attend a leadership conference, host a film screening for members of Congress and hold a free public screening.

For more on the $1 Trillion festival, contact Alexis Moore at (215) 241-7060 or amoore(at)afsc(dot)org.

About The American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action, working across the U.S. and the world. AFSC is online at, Facebook or Twitter

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