Make a movie. Make a difference. Tell your story.
Every year, Steeltown gives away over $10,000 to middle and high school students as a part of the Take a Shot at Changing the World Contest. This pioneering digital media initiative began in 2010 with a focus on the Polio vaccine, its ties to Pittsburgh and current eradication efforts around the world. Since then, "Take a Shot" has transformed into a competition for teens to create content around topics of social change; complete with special events, screenings and hands-on workshops throughout the year.
What's your story? Create a short video (2-5 minutes) about People, Places or Things, in and around the Greater Pittsburgh Area, that have had a positive impact on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math); or one of our Special Categories. Your movie can be an animation, an interview, a commercial, a comedy, a drama -- you name it! Just be creative and have fun! And remember, you don't need to have a camera. You can use your smartphone to make an amazing video.
There will be two prizes given out in each category, one for middle school and one for high school
- Best Documentary ($2,000)
- Best Narrative ($2,000)
- Fan Favorite ($1,000)
- Mentoring ($1,000)
- History of Pittsburgh's Influence in WWII ($1,000)
2015 Take a Shot Winners
On Sunday, May 31, 2015 the winners of the 2015 Take a Shot: Teen Film Prize were announced during our film festival at the AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre. Participants and supporters viewed entries on the big screen.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Pittsburgh EMS Pioneers by Joey H. and Vaughn G. from Jefferson Middle School
HIGH SCHOOL: Pittsburgh STEAM by Maggie M. from Shady Side Academy
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Friends by Lauren R., Sofia W. and Julia G. from St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School
HIGH SCHOOL: Re-Evolution by Ross M. from Mt. Lebanon High School
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Frank Conrad: Father of Radio Broadcasting by Katie I., Alexis P., Emily P., Kamryn B. and Sydney S. from Steel Valley Middle School
HIGH SCHOOL: Robotics Institute: Modern Day STEAM Engine by Katie C. from Avonworth High School
SHIM Mentoring Program by Ajet S. and Yuba N. from Harrison Middle School
Rosie the Riveter by Gabriel M., Tyler P., Casey C., Ali D. and Sophia G. from South Park High School
We couldn't have made this year's ceremony spectacular without the help of our sponsors:
THANK YOU to all of our participants, sponsors and supporters of this year's event!!!
Check out some of the winning videos from previous years and start thinking about how YOU can tell your story! Make sure to enter your film for a chance to win!