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MTV’s Emmy Award-winning Look Different campaign helps America’s youth better recognize and challenge hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT biases, empowering them to create a more equal future. Since the campaign began in April 2014, it has come to life through on-air programming, PSAs as well as a suite of digital tools.

The next major installment of Look Different content is a documentary called White People, which features Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist/filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas traveling across the country speaking to young people about what it means to be white in America today. The film, premiering on July 22nd on MTV, aims to stoke a national conversation on race, with an emphasis on topics like white privilege.

In support of the film, MTV and Look Different are looking for emerging filmmakers to create a groundbreaking video project for the campaign that would bring a creative new outlook to the subject of privilege as it relates to the filmmaker in today’s world. Possible subjects could include racial, gender and sexual orientation privilege, among others. Privilege is not something that people necessarily do, create or take advantage of on purpose. Being in a dominant group often leads to certain advantages that most people aren't even aware they have. The video projects selected would shine a light on these privileges to help create awareness, build empathy and propel action.

We'll choose three projects to produce and potentially distribute on MTV's vast digital and cross-platform channels, including a nationally televised spot* on mtvU, MTV’s college network. Winning proposals will be selected by MTV and a panel of notable judges, based on the creative merits of the proposal, the originality of the project, the project’s ability to provoke conversation, and the feasibility of the budget ($10-20K).

To be considered for the competition, filmmakers must submit a one to three page creative treatment for a video project (a single video or series of videos ranging from 15 seconds to 5 minutes total, designed for any video platform), including an outline, artist statement, stylistic references, a statement of entrant’s relevant skills (e.g. writing, directing, editing etc.), and a budget top-sheet.

In addition, if selected as a finalist, filmmakers will be asked to submit an example of prior work.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to work in the United States at the time of entry. Applicants may participate in teams of up to two people.

Call for entries opens: June 18, 2015
Applications due: September 18, 2015
Winners chosen: October 2015
Video Project Produced: November 2015 – January 2016
Video Project Released: Early 2016

To get more information and to enter the competition, go to For more information about bias and privilege and how these issues are affecting young people, please visit

*Length of on-air clip to be determined based on content