Complete your online application and share a link to your film.

View videos from this year's contestants as well as videos from previous competions.

Vote for your faves and check back to see who takes home the grand prize!


2013 Contest Press

Pittsburgh Teens Make Movies to Change the WorldSprout (February 22, 2013)

Kids' video contest, Take A Shot, adds prizes for 'The People Speak', other themesPopCity Media (January 9, 2013)

The People Speak Live: Student Edition

Students from Westinghouse, CAPA, Environmental Charter School, and Highland got together on April 24, 2013 to perform original pieces of art, digital media, song and dance. Students were inspired by the works of historian Howard Zinn and the film, The People Speak and expressed their views on how they fit into the world and what they can do to change it. Joining them on stage were Sally Wiggin (WTAE), Chris Moore (WQED, WPXI), Lynn Cullen (Lynn Cullen Live), and CAPA's Kate Daher. 

Pittsburgh's Teen Oscar Party

Students celebrated the Oscars Pittsburgh-style at Steeltown's Take A Shot Event on Sunday, February 24, 2013. Pittsburgh's Teen Oscar Party was held at the Heinz History Center, with pizza, trivia, and prizes, as well as a free filmmaking workshop. 

Take a Shot Kick-Off Event

Steeltown Entertainment Project held the third annual Take A Shot at Changing the World launch event on January 19, 2013 at the Heinz History Center.

2012 Contest Press

Take a Shot Film Festival

On May 20, 2012, the young filmmakers joined Steeltown at the the Heinz History Center for a film festival that featured all of their films and celebrated their hard work. Winners were announced and over $10,000 in prizes were awarded.  

Interactive Global Polio Conference:

On April 12, 2012, at the University of Pittsburgh, hundreds of students from the Pittsburgh region had the chance to connect via videoconference with students in India and Pakistan, and hear from world leaders in polio eradication. Missed it? Click here to watch the whole video conference!

Read about it from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article written by Virgina Linn!
Global polio conference to air here 

Read Patricia Lomando White's article in the Pitt News!
Pitt to Host a "Take a Shot at Changing the World" Event to Observe the April 12th Anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine Developed at Pitt

2012 Winners Announced:

Guest Post: Steeltown Entertainment celebrates the young talents of Take a Shot Contest, Spark Blog 

Winners named in "Take a Shot" contest, Post-Gazette


Young Filmmakers 'Take a Shot at Changing the World' in Steeltown Film Contest, Post-Gazette

Spark: Kids and Creativity Blog

Check out KDKA's coverage of our Global Video Conference connecting international leaders in polio eradication with students from around the world!

Pitt Commemorates 57th Anniversary Of Polio Vaccine.

Read Virginia Linn's article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the "Take A Shot Contest".
Contest asks young filmmakers to change the world.

Read Marty Levine's article on Pop City.
Second 'Shot' heard round the Burgh: Steeltown youth film contest comes back

Read Michelle Wright's blog post on about the contest!
Local Teens: Chance to Win $10,000!


Heinz History Center Young Filmmaker's Workshop and My Tale of Two Cities Screening:

Click here to watch a video from CBS Pittsburgh featuring Carl Kurlander speaking about the Heinz History Center Young Filmmaker's Workshop, My Tale of Two Cities Screening, and further thoughts regarding the contest goals!

Some pictures from the event:

2011 Contest Press

On April 3rd, students, educators, community members, and special guest, Dr. Peter Salk gathered at the University of Pittsburgh's Salk Hall to celebrate the conclusion of the "Take A Shot" contest. 

Watch the segment featured on "Pittsburgh Today Live" about the event and current efforts to eradicate polio once and for all. 

Footage from the Steeltown/Rotary International Press Conference to announce contest:

Students Urged to "Take a Shot at Changing the World."

Steeltown was there! Watch the webcast of Bill Gates' Annual Letter: Polio Eradication and the Power of Vaccines

Check out the animated version here

Read Steeltown's Executive Producer special piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on polio eradication and saving the world:

The Shot Felt 'Round the World premieres at the Three Rivers Film Festival. Read the review:

Check out Bill Gates' appearance on The Daily Show


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