Show the White House Your Character(s)

It’s the second annual White House Student Film Festival! And it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12.

This year’s theme — The Impact of Giving Back — is perfect for your CHARACTER COUNTS! program. The White House says it’s looking for videos that “tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary, so break out the lights, write a script, get the camera ready, and show us your passion for service and giving back.” As we see it, a video about any — or all — of the Six Pillars of Character would fit the bill.

Get those video cameras rolling — the deadline for submissions is February 2. Details and specific requirements are on this page of the White House website.

Scroll to the bottom of that page for inspiration, where you can take a look at the official selections from last year’s White House Student Film Festival. (Last year’s theme: the power of technology in education.)

Or get your inspiration straight from the President in the video below.

Good luck!