Official Selections Announced for “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” National Youth Film Festival by American Friends Service Committee

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Twenty-one official selections have been chosen in the 4 annual festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization working for lasting peace with justice. Youth ages 23 or younger use short videos to say how they would spend $1 Trillion.

Twenty-one official selections have been chosen for the fourth annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollar” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

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.”

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.

The submissions come from Baltimore, Chicago, Greensboro NC, Los Angeles, and other communities around the country. Created by a diverse group of creative high school and college students, the videos feature clever lyrics and thoughtful policy recommendations on issues such as immigration, climate change and foster care.

Watch all submissions here:

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 12-14, 2013 in Washington DC, where the youth will attend a leadership conference, visit Capitol Hill and host a free public screening.

For updates, visit and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter. 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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