Imagine the Future: Young Leaders Video Challenge
Imagine the world in 2042. What do you see? What types of machines have been invented? What tools do we
have in our everyday lives? And what problems do we face? Now imagine a solution to one of those
problems. Think far outside what you already know and design a solution that can have an impact on your
future community. This innovation can be in science, technology, art, or design.
Arthur C. Clarke used film and storytelling to explore what the future will look like. Using his inspiration, we
challenge you to do the same. Push far beyond what is possible today, think past what you are learning in
school, and develop an imaginative solution that can be practically applied to a problem that you believe
needs solving today so that the world by 2042 is better for it. Produce a 3-5 minute video in which you
demonstrate how you, or you and others, will bring change to the world and convince viewers with your
video. Let your imagination run wild; the results might just be out of this world.
For some ideas, check out:
● The Global Goals that 193 countries adopted to reduce poverty and save the planet by 2030
● The YSA Youth Guide to these goals to show how other young people are tackling them
● The Clarke Center for Human Imagination Page
● The life and wisdom of Arthur C. Clarke
Parameters and Logistics
● Applicants between the ages of 11-18; will compete in two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18
● Submit an initial Intent to Apply form by September 15th
● Applicants submit 3-5 minutes films through application form and YouTube by October 6th
● Applicants may submit their work as an individual, or as small teams of up to 3 people
(*Finalist trip to DC only included for 1 child and 1 adult per submission)
Online Mentoring and Student Selection:
● Select 3 finalists per age group (6 finalists total)
● Each finalist will receive 3 hours of online mentoring
● Round trip ticket for 1 child and 1 adult, hotel, and expenses for 3-day trip to Washington
● Screening of films at the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Centenary Event on December 9th,
● Scholarship award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group ($2500, $1000, and $500
● Potential impact of your idea
● Creativity of your idea
● Compelling/persuasive presentation of why this problem is important to address
● Thoughtful integration of science, technology, art and engineering concepts
Thank you for participating in the Arthur C. Clarke Young Leaders Challenge 2017!
Presented by: Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and its partners, the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human
Imagination, YSA and the KID Museum
FAQ’s for Filmmakers:
How long does my film have to be?
Length of film 3-5 minutes total.
Is there an application fee?
No application fee to enter.
What genre of film should I make?
Any genre of film okay.
What kind of filming equipment do I need?
Any type of video or film camera may be used.
Can I incorporate a copyrighted video?
If using copyrighted video, permission must be obtained by release.
Can I use pre-recorded music?
Pre-recorded music is allowed but you must have the rights to any music used in the film and must provide releases
for all music used.
Am I allowed to use profanity?
Use of profanity, violence and other forms of provocative behavior are prohibited. (Follow guidelines of G rating.)
Do those in the video need release forms?
Release forms are not needed.
Is there anything specific I should use in the credits?
End credits must include the words: This film/video was made for the Arthur C. Clarke “Imagine the Future” Young
Leaders Film Challenge.