Applications deadline extended for the 18th International Youth Media Summit!

Applications deadline extended for the 18th International Youth Media Summit!

The IYMS 2023 application period has been extended until January 28, 2023. Young filmmakers, storytellers and digital creators from around the globe are invited to apply for the 18th IYMS held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA from July 24 to August 6, 2023. The 14-day event is an incredible opportunity and a creative place for young people to gain valuable experience in storytelling while having their voices heard on a global stage.

Everyone between the ages of 16 and 26 interested in media and social change is eligible to apply as a diplomat or a filmmaker. Filmmakers, diplomats and educators over 26 years of age are encouraged to apply as advisors.

IYMS will select up to 100 of the brightest minds in filmmaking and youth diplomacy to discuss the issues and explore youth-focused media production and consumption. These delegates will live and work at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, our host organization. 

Selected participants will learn how to tell their stories in effective ways by making short films with a strong and powerful message, working in one of seven issue groups: Discrimination, Environment, Health, Poverty, Violence, Women’s Rights and Youth Empowerment. The filmmaking aspect will be combined with awareness of the 7 Issues as well as Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, IYMS offers a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities. Participants will have the chance to network with other like-minded individuals and experts from across the globe, creating lasting relationships. At the end of the event, their work will be showcased at a public screening.  

Find out more about the event and check out the application form by visiting 

Over the past 17 years, 1,600 changemakers from over 70 countries have joined IYMS to create 120 films with one common goal: to shine a light on the most urgent global issues and prepare youth from around the world to take action.

Organizing the 18th IYMS is Teen International Media Exchange (TIME), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization helping young people from different countries bridge cultural, ethnic and religious divides by collaborating on film projects.  For the 18th IYMS, they have partnered with UNESCO, Youth Cinema Network, Region Halland from Sweden, the Croatian Film Association and Fondazione Malagutti Onlus from Italy to bring together 100 delegates with immense talents and determination to produce compelling films.

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