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NEW YORK, December 4, 2008 -– The Christophers are announcing their Twenty-Second Annual Video Contest for College Students, a competition that challenges students to interpret the theme, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” in a short film of five minutes or less. Cash prizes totaling $6,000 will be awarded, including a first prize of $3000.

Past winning films have included narratives, documentaries, animation and even music videos. Entrants represent diverse fields of studies and national origins.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their creativity to show how individuals can positively influence the world around them,” said Mary Ellen Robinson, Vice-President of The Christophers, in announcing the competition.

The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at colleges or universities worldwide. Entries will be judged on overall impact, effectiveness in conveying theme, artistic merit, and technical proficiency. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2009. Winners will be announced in September, 2009. Videos become the property of The Christophers and will not be returned.

Official entry forms are available by writing to: College Video Contest, The Christophers, 5 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004, by calling the Youth Department at 212-759-4050, or online at

The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Father James Keller, uses print and electronic media to encourage all individuals to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The Christopher motto is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”