Complete your online application and upload your film.

View videos from past participants.

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).  Your movie can be an animation, an interview, a commercial, a comedy, a drama -- you name it!  Just be creative and have fun! 

How to "Take a Shot" Workshops will be offered, for free, to teach you the basics of video/film production.  To register, please click on the link below.  You can only register for one workshop.

How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Monday, March 2nd from 5-7pm at East Liberty Library (Register)
How to “Take a Shot” Workshop – Sunday, March 8th from 1-3pm at Heinz History Center (Register)

Submission dates are April 15-30, 2015.  The application will be posted at that time.

For information on the 2015 Rules & Regulations, click here.

For information on this year's theme, click here.



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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