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) 

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!!!

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