Short Movie Prize

Marx Hall

Marx Hall, home of the University Center for Human Values

The University Center for Human Values awards an annual Short Movie Prize of $1000. Honorable Mentions are made from time to time and these are awarded a prize of $250.

Any undergraduate student enrolled at Princeton during academic year 2018-19 is invited to submit an entry no later than Friday, 1 March 2019 at

Although initially we thought there would be no theme, we have decided that in 2018-19, the jury will consider digital videos (or films transferred to digital form) that bear in any way on the theme of Hope and Despair.

If you have any questions or concerns (particularly in light of this new theme) please contact

Past Winners of the Short Movie Prize


Theme:  Ambivalence 
Co-winner: Melanie Ho '18 for Do Not Swallow  [watch] [read]
Co-winner: James Tralie '19 for Immeasurable Nature [watch] [read]
Co-winner: Mariah Wilson '18 for Maximum Capacity [watch] (email Femke deRuyter for password)
Honorable Mention: David Lopera '19 for Perfidia [watch]


Theme: Fanaticism
Co-winner: James Tralie '19 for Virtual  [watch] [read]
Co-winner: Elias Stern '19 for Whiskey Sour [watch] [read]


Theme: Choosing
Co-winners: Chanyoung Park '17, Roxana Turcanu '16 and Cezar Mocan for Même [watch] Interview with Chanyoung.
Co-winner: Emma Michalak '17 for But for the Grace. [watch] Interview with Emma.
Honorable Mention: Ben Goodman '17 and Simon Gulergun's for Untitled [watch]


Theme: Attachment
Winners: Ben Goodman ’17 and Simon Gulergun for Capture Bonding [watch] Interview with Ben.


Theme: Equality
Winner: Jeanette Beebe '14 for Beyond the Boys' Club [watch] Interview with Jeanette.
Honorable Mention: Cameron Johanning '16 for Equality [watch]
Honorable Mention: Jane Pritchard '15 for Hats [watch]


Theme: Justice
Winner: Michael Glassman '15 and Tom Markham '15 for A Film on Justice [watch] [read]

Submission Requirements

  • The preferred length of the short movie is around 7 minutes, but there is no maximum or minimum length. Music to which rights have not been secured can be used as long as the film is not shown commercially;

  • Students should upload their videos to a website–YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video sharing website–and provide the jury with a stable URL.

  • Each submission must be accompanied by a short biography (no more than one paragraph) of the student who made the movie (if more than one student, submit a separate biography for each student);

  • An optional supporting statement about the short movie (no more than one page, double spaced).

For more information and questions, please contact Femke DeRuyter.