25 official selections give clever answers in 3rd annual “If I Had a Trillion” film festival

More than 240 youth have submitted 63 videos—a record—for the third annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and The National Priorities Project (NPP). Twenty-five entries have been named official selections.

The IHTD festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” The youth are asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

With titles like “Invest in the Education of Our Future,” “Priceless: the Trillion Dollar Movie” and “Animated Trillion Dollar Alphabet,” the videos feature clever lyrics and thoughtful policy recommendations by a diverse and creative group of young people. View the official selections here.

The submissions come from Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, and Pittsburgh among other communities. They were created by young people ages 9 to 23, from 33 different organizations and six schools, and living in 15 states.

Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The film festival seeks to change that. 

The festival culminates April 13-15, 2013 in Washington, D.C., where AFSC and NPP will hold a youth leadership conference, film screening for members of Congress, and a free public screening.