Vietnam Voices Student Video Contest

In advance of this fall’s highly anticipated PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War, KCPT invites students to capture local stories related to the war. Winning entries will be screened for the public and featured on KCPT’s website. Winning students will meet the film’s directors, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on Sept. 8, 2017!

How to Enter

  1.    Identify a veteran, civilian, refugee, citizen, activist or other individual with a first-person story to tell related to the Vietnam War.
  2. Record an interview with the person (find interview and recording tips below), and ask the person you interviewed to complete the Interviewee Release. If they have images, audio or video that you can use in your video, ask them to sign the second part of the Interviewee Release.
  3. Edit the interview into a two- to four-minute video that relates to the theme, Vietnam Voices. Be creative! Incorporate the audio, video and/or images provided by your interviewee, or look for public domain or Creative Commons (Attribution CC BY) materials to enhance your production.
  4. Upload your edited video to YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox.
  5. Submit your entry by completing the entry form and emailing your completed Interviewee Release along with your Student Video Producer Release(s) to vietnam[at] before July 1, 2017.

Videos will be evaluated based on interview quality, narrative, connection to theme, production value, creativity and adherence to guidelines and instructions.


Make this a classroom activity! This condensed lesson plan provides connections to Missouri and Kansas curriculum standards in English/language arts and social studies. Find more lesson plans, instructional videos and educator resources on the left side of this page.


Children or young adults ages 10 to 24, as well as adults enrolled as students in a college or university, may participate. Participants over the age of 21 should not be (or ever have been) a paid media or history professional. Videos can be produced by individuals or groups of no more than five, but videos must be solely the product of eligible participants. Videos should be approximately two to four minutes long. All videos should include an original interview and a clear connection to the Vietnam War and, if applicable, the Kansas City area or surrounding region. Any included titles should use Helvetica or Arial fonts. Videos should not contain copyrighted materials without permission or other materials that might infringe on another’s rights.

 Interview and Video Production Tips

Resources For Public Domain or Creative Commons Materials

Lesson Plans for Educators

PBS Learning Media Resources for Educators