Student Film

The EK Student Film Contest is designed
to engage young people in the promotion of
kindness through the universal language of film.
Together we can create a kinder world
(and have fun doing it).

Our Student Kindness Film Contest Website is UP!  Click here to go to the site!  



  • To engage young people and their communities in the recognition and promotion of kindness in our home state of Connecticut
  • To promote social change through kindness
  • Support arts education and community programs by awarding cash prizes to the winning schools and community organizations. All awards go to the academic departments, clubs, and organizations to which the winning groups belong

Through this social and emotional learning program, we can help promote positive interpersonal interactions and strengthen prosocial school and community cultures that empower and support young people.  The program has direct implications for promoting positive social climate in schools. Please see teacher and student feedback from the 2015 program!


For middle, high school and college students, working collaboratively in small groups, to create short, original, humorous videos that depict/describe kindness—whatever that means to them.


The 2016 Envision Kindness Student Film Contest

This program is open to all middle school, high school and college-aged students currently attending school or living in the state of Connecticut.

Student groups will compete against others in their age-appropriate divisions across the State of Connecticut: Middle School, High School and College.

Click here to go to the contest site to enter your films!

To register, simply email us at info(at) with subject line ‘Interest in 2016 SFC.’

  • All groups (consisting of 2-6 people) with any member under the age of 18 must be registered by a faculty/staff advisor.
  • If all group members are 18+: You may register yourselves, but you must also list a staff/faculty advisor as point of contact and for award granting.
  • Although we encourage all participants to work in groups, we will accept individual submissions.
  • All awards are made to schools (clubs within schools) and organizations—not to individuals.
  • All videos must be submitted by the December 9, 2016 deadline
  • Finalists will be chosen by public voting, with winners then selected from the finalists by a panel of distinguished judges.
30 finalists

30 finalists

There will be 10 finalists (highest point earners) in each Division.

9 Winners

9 Winners

Judges will then select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each Division.  Additional awards will be made for Best Music and Best Cinematography.

1 State

1 State

Together, we will make Connecticut the kindest, most connected state in the US!


Middle/High School Division
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $125

College Division
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $125

For the 2016 Envision Kindness Student Film Contest to receive program updates and be notified when the submission period opens.

Please find additional information in the program brochure below, and feel free to reach out to info(at) with any questions!


Or fill out the form below:

Student Film Contest Registration

  • Please enter the school or organization you represent.
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2015 Program Results and Statistics

The inaugural (2015) Student Film Contest was piloted in New London County, Connecticut.


  • Production of the films involved roughly 1,000 students
  • 19 films were eligible for public voting
  • Over 2000 people from across the US cast >2,500 votes for their favorite videos
  • 100% of students surveyed said they would participate in the contest again
  • The contest was sponsored in part by the Norwich Sunrise Rotary Club, which has committed to sponsoring the 2016 statewide program


Nearly $2,000 in prize money was contributed to local New London County schools and organizations to support arts education and community-building projects!

The 2015 Student Film Contest Finalists

When students promote kindness, their campuses and communities change measurably for the better. Bring Envision Kindness to your school today and watch the kindness spread.

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