Youth from around U.S. share their vision in 4th annual If I Had a Trillion film festival

Twenty-one official selections have been chosen for the fourth annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

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 more than $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

The submissions come from Baltimore; Chicago; Greensboro, N.C.; Los Angeles; New York; and other communities around the country. Created by a diverse group of creative high school and college students, the videos feature clever lyrics and thoughtful policy recommendations on issues such as immigration, climate change, cuts to food stamps, and foster care. 

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. Ultimately, AFSC wants America’s youth to think about their priorities, and then engage politically in order to bring about the changes they need and want.

The festival culminates April 12-14, 2014 in Washington, D.C., where AFSC will hold a youth leadership conference and a free public screening. For updates, visit ihtd.org.