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Introducing OUR PRIDE Video Fest

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Students from middle school through college have the unique opportunity to creativity use digital media to help document the often-untold stories of the LGBTQ+ community and their history, culture and contributions.

Beginning October 1, they can submit entries to OUR PRIDE Video Fest, which can include short news stories, documentaries, creative fiction, music videos, animation, and public service announcements.

Filmmakers under 18 are required to collaborate with adult mentors, teachers, and parents. Submissions are due by March 1, 2019.

Global SchoolNet Foundation and Rainbow Advocacy have launched OUR PRIDE Video Fest to assist California schools in fulfilling requirements mandated by the state’s Senate Bill 48, also known as the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Act, which requires public schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events, and history of LGBTQ+ people into social science instruction.

Submissions can range from 90 seconds to five minutes and must be submitted via the FilmFreeway online platform accessible at ourpride.org.

FilmFreeway supports more than 6,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests (including 47 Academy Award accredited festivals) and reaches more than 500,000 filmmakers and artists worldwide.

“The struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community are components of the civil rights movement, yet many of these stories remain untold,” said OUR PRIDE Video Fest Co-Director Dr. Yvonne Marie Andrés, CEO and co-founder of the San Diego-based educational nonprofit Global SchoolNet. “This educational competition gives young people the opportunity to collaborate with others locally or around the world and encourages them to produce their own original music, poetry, and creative content. We want all students to become aware of LGBTQ+ history and to use their imaginations to present their findings in compelling ways.”

Legendary figures in the LGBTQ+ community sharing their expertise include Stonewall veteran Miss Major Griffin-Gracy; original Pride Rainbow Flag co-creator Lynn “Faerie Rainbow” Segerblom; and Reverend Troy D. Perry, co-founder of the world’s first Pride Parade and Christopher Street West (now known as LA PRIDE) and founder of Metropolitan Community Churches, which has grown to more than 200 church affiliations in 39 countries since 1968.

OUR PRIDE Video Fest is working with the San Diego History Center at Balboa Park, which features a special exhibit, “LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs,” curated by Lillian Faderman, international scholar and author. Submissions are judged by a panel of education and LGBTQ+ professionals.

Winning entries will be announced in late May 2019 in Los Angeles, with screenings planned for June in New York City during the Stonewall 50th Anniversary World Pride and for July at Comic-Con in San Diego. Winners will receive a variety of cash awards, prizes and commendations, including the Troy Perry Medal of Pride.

Prizes include one-year licenses from sponsor WeVideo, the online video platform for individuals, schools and businesses for creating videos at up to 4K resolution.

OUR PRIDE Video Fest is modeled after the highly successful collaborative programs that Global SchoolNet has been producing for 25 years. The organization’s award-winning CyberFair (virtual world’s fair) and Doors to Diplomacy have engaged more than 5.5 million students—plus a myriad of schools, youth organizations, and communities—across 194 countries.

OUR PRIDE Video Fest is a program of Global SchoolNet Foundation together with Los Angeles-based 501(c)3 Rainbow Advocacy and the LGBTQ+ Sector of Seattle-based 501(c)3 Charter for Compassion. Founding Sponsors include WeVideo and GayRealEstate.com. For more information about the OUR PRIDE Video Fest or sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.