Media for Social Change Student Contest
First Annual Student Contest

The ASPIRE Media for Social Change Awards recognize short student media projects that shed light on social injustices, offer fresh lenses on everyday experience in the early 21st century, or grapple with complicated, difficult questions in the makers’ chosen fields of study. Media works may be experimental, documentary, or scripted in form. Documentation of performance work is also welcome.

While submissions are open to all subjects, we especially welcome entries in the following four categories:
  • Hybrid Identities
  • Environment, Ecology, and the Future of the City
  • Health Equity
  • Movement and Maps
The deadline for the 2014-15 academic year has passed.

Videos must be under 10 minutes in length and completed after June 1, 2013. Applicants must be enrolled at UCLA as undergraduate or graduate students. Submit your project by emailing a YouTube or Vimeo link to the video submission, one paragraph description of your work, and one paragraph bio to Include your name, year, departmental affiliation, and student ID number in the body of the email. Please write “ASPIRE Media Award Submission” in the subject line of the email.

Two contest winners will receive a $500 cash prize from ASPIRE. In addition, winners may have the opportunity to work as paid summer interns with innovative media distribution firms like Seed and Spark to expand the reach of their projects and learn state of the art techniques in making media for social change in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Contact Dr. Andy Rice, ASPIRE Fellow in Socially Engaged Media, if you have questions or concerns.

2014 Winning Videos

Jackie Li, Sophomore, Communication Studies

A fictional short about the experience of grief. After receiving some unfortunate news, Maia emotionally struggles in a way one would not normally expect.

Sister Soldiers
Neima Patterson, Junior, World Arts and Cultures/Dance

This dance-documentary provides an intimate look into the relationships between black women, revealing the stereotypes they face and combat on an individual level but interpret and understand as a collective.