Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You!

[23 submissions, which is now closed.]

We are looking for artists of all levels to create and upload a short film of 2-3 minutes to the Internet Archive to help us celebrate Public Domain Day on December 17th!

Public Domain Day is a celebration of all the rich content that will be newly available to the public free of copyright restrictions from the year 1925. We want artists to use this newly available content to create short films that contain content from the archive’s collection from 1925. The uploaded videos will be judged and prizes of up to $1500 awarded!! (Please see details below)

Winners will be announced and shown at the virtual Public Domain Day Celebration on December 17th at 3pm Pacific (registration opens soon), and we will introduce the artists. All other participating videos will be added to a Public Domain Day Art Collection on and featured in a blog entry in January of 2021.

Here are a few examples of some of the rich content that is now available for you to use:

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:  

  • The Great Gatsby (going Public Domain January 1, 2021)
  • Gilded Age, Industrial Age


  • Make a 2-3 minute movie using Newly Public Domain Material from 1925 (If you have something to add to the Internet Archive from 1925, then please add it in and feel free to use it)
  • Mix and Mash content however you like
  • Add a personal touch, make it yours!
  • Keep the videos light hearted and fun (It is a celebration after all!)

Submission Deadline

All submissions must be in by Midnight, December 13th, 2020 (PST)

How to Submit


  • 1st prize: $1500
  • 2nd prize: $1000
  • 3rd prize: $500

*All prizes sponsored by the Kahle/Austin Foundation


Judges will be looking for videos that are fun and interesting for showing at the Public Domain Day virtual party and that highlight the value of having cultural materials that can be reused, remixed, and re-contextualized for a new day. Winner’s pieces will be purchased with the prize money, and then put into public domain under a CC0 license.

  • Amir Saber Esfahani (Director of Special Arts Projects, Internet Archive)
  • Carrie Hott (Artist and Professor, University San Francisco)
  • Brewster Kahle (Founder, Digital Librarian, Internet Archive)
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About Amir Saber Esfahani

Amir Esfahani is a practicing Bay Area artist, educator, and curator. Esfahani's role at the Internet Archive is to connect artist with our collections and to show what is possible when open access to information meets the arts. He is also the Director of Special Art Projects at the Internet Archive.

6 thoughts on “Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You!

  1. Alvaro Muñoz Brandon

    Hello, exciting contest!
    Can one participate with more than one work?

    All the best
    Alvaro Munoz

    1. Amir Saber Esfahani Post author

      Hi Alvaro, Yes, multiple submissions would be fine for this contest, although only one of your pieces would qualify for a prize. We could however include all your pieces in the collection we are going to build, so the more the better!

      1. Alvaro Muñoz Brandon

        Hello Amir, i uploaded a film some minutes ago and it says Addeddate 2020-12-14 00:35:18
        Just in case and for the record it was added 2020-12-13 at 18:35:18 Mexico City time (16:35:18 PST).
        Sorry to bother you with this Time Zone things.
        Thank you again and all the best to all!.

  2. Wendy Hanamura

    We were brainstorming and thought: what could you do with quotes from “The Great Gatsby” and “To the Lighthouse” and “The Trial”? Could you create a funny script using these soon-to-be Public Domain texts?

    I think it is not just about the 1925 films!

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