Film Your Issue (FYI), a film competition targeted at young Americans age 18-24, invites participants to create 30-to-60 second films about social issues as a way to "empower young adults in being engaged, involved citizens and giving them a voice". Competition has five suggested categories: Global Issues/UN Millenium Development Goals; Animal Welfare; Arts as a Global Diplomat and Cultural Bridge; Music-driven (solo, band or music video styled film presenting a social issue through music); and Integration of Film and New Media, which will integrate fim and internet-based technologies via through an issue-based page on MSN Spaces.
Celebs including George Clooney, Walter Cronkite and Philip Seymour Hoffman are involved in the project, along with various political leaders and media corporations including Microsoft, MSN Spaces, USA Today, mtvU and Entertainment Weekly. The United Nations and UN Millenium Campaign, The Humane Society of the United States, and USC Center for Public Diplomacy are also involved in the project, which is in its second year.
Top finalists will be sponsored by MSN Spaces to attend the Sundance Film Festival 2007, and various other prizes are offered to finalists and semifinalists. Submission deadline is May 1, 2006.