Complete your online application and share a link to your film.

View videos from this year's contestants as well as videos from previous competions.

Vote for your faves and check back to see who takes home the grand prize!

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

  1. Best Documentary ($2,000)
  2. Best Narrative ($2,000)
  3. Fan Favorite ($1,000)

Special Categories

  1. Mentoring ($1,000)
  2. History of Pittsburgh's Influence in WWII ($1,000)

We are no longer accepting submissions for this year's contest.


2014 Take a Shot Winners

On Sunday, June 1, 2104, six winners of the 2014 Take a Shot at Changing the World contest were announced during our film festival at the AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre. Participants and supporters viewed entries on the big screen, and afterwards, enjoyed a catered reception.


  • Judge's Vote - 1st Place ($3,000) AND Popular Vote ($1,000): A Place Where Everyone Belongs by Katie from Avonworth Middle School
  • Judge's Vote - 2nd Place ($2,000): Using the Example of Desmond Tutu to Stop Bullying by Hannah & Maggie from CAPA


  • Judge's Vote - 1st Place ($3,000): If Only We Had Known by Heaven, Alexander, Dominic, Bavi, Kayla, Aurora, Victoria, Richelle, Justine, Garrett, Ashely, Jacquez, Robbie, Steven, & Mack from Gateway High School
  • Judge's Vote - 2nd Place ($2,000): Hunger: The Hidden Crisis by Raiona, Raenkia, Nara, & Cynthiya from Allderdice High School
  • Popular Vote ($1,000): Project Migration: Search of a Happiness by Diwas, Hema, Dipesh, & Bhim from Baldwin High School


THANK YOU to all of our participants, sponsors and supporters of last year's event!!!

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