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August 20, 2013

Contest for teens filming World War II veterans begins

NEW YORK CITY — Today, the Worthington Foundation launches the iHistory WW2 Video Contest, a national competition to inspire teenage filmmakers to capture stories from World War II veterans on film.

There are 1.2 million World War II veterans still living today, but this generation is rapidly disappearing and their untold stories of bravery and sacrifice deserve to be heard, the foundation said. The interviews will be preserved in the permanent archives at the Library of Congress, and the teenagers will have the chance to win coveted prizes for themselves and their schools.

Now through Nov. 20, filmmakers ages 13 to 18 can film interviews with WWII veterans about their experiences during the war. Interviews meeting the minimum standards and guidelines will be archived at the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. The project was launched in 2000 and, to date, has collected nearly 90,000 veterans’ oral histories, 30,000 of which are from WWII veterans.

After the interviews have been submitted to the Veterans History Project, the students will enter the second phase of the contest, beginning Oct. 1, where they will compete for prizes. Entrants will create mini-documentaries using portions of the veterans’ interviews. Eligible films will be voted upon by the public and a panel of qualified judges for best entries.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five films that demonstrate excellence in editing and creative storytelling.

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