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!

Prompts 


Make a movie. Make a difference. Tell your story.

Ideas for your "Take a Shot" video

Your 2-5 minute movie must fit into one of the following categories:

Documentary: Students can create a short documentary based on changes they'd like to see happen in their world, community or family members they admire, or any other slice of life that they'd like to document. Additional prompts can be found here. The documentary should not exceed 5 minutes in length.

Narrative: Students can create a short film using any original and appropriate ideas that they have in their head. These short films should not exceed 5 minutes in length.

There will be two prizes given out in each category, one for middle school and one for high school. Awards include:

High School Documentary

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

High School Narrative

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

Middle School Documentary

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

Middle School Narrative

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

Fan Favorite

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

SPECIAL CATEGORY: Remake Learning

Remaking learning is a movement that started as “Kids & Creativity” and which acknowledged that you as “digital natives” who are growing up in a connected world where you have always known the internet, learn differently than any generation before you.   And that there is an opportunity in and out of the classroom for you to interact with teachers, schools, parents, museums, media producers, roboticists, and hosts of other partners who might better help you understand the world and prepare you to thrive in the digital age which is your future.    You can find out more about all this on a website called www.remakelearning.org, but we need your help in hearing about this from your own unique perspective.  

 

  • Up to a $1000 cash prize
  • 1 year of equipment rentals from Steeltown
  • 1 year of free entrance to all Steeltown events 

 

Things to think about:

  1. What are some problems you see in your neighborhood, school, or community? 
    1. How could you be part of the solution? Think about the issues you care most about and what you'd most like to change. 
  2. What are some of the great accomplishments that have come from the Pittsburgh area?
    1. How can you highlight some of the great works?

Looking for inspiration? Check out some of the topics below:

  • Andrew Carnegie 
  • Andy Warhol 
  • August Wilson 
  • The Big Mac
  • David L. Lawrence
  • Pittsburgh's Heroin Epidemic
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Frank Bolden
  • George Romero
  • Greg Nicotero
  • H.J. Heinz Company
  • History of the Hill District
  • Homestead Strike
  • Jazz Music – Crawford Grille
  • The Jeep
  • John Roebling – Wire Rope Cable
  • Nickelodeon 
  • Philanthropy in Pittsburgh
  • The Pittsburgh Courier
  • Pittsburgh Crawfords
  • Pittsburghese
  • Polio 
  • Rachel Carson 
  • Radio – KDKA
  • Respironics
  • Rob Marshall
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • The Salk Polio Vaccine
  • Samuel Langley – Allegheny Observatory
  • Stephen Foster – Songwriter
  • Tuskegee Army Air Corps
  • Warner Brothers 
  • Westinghouse Atomic Power Plant
  • The Westinghouse Air Brake Co. (Thing, Engineering)
  • WQED and Early Television

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