Entry deadline for 2016 has not been announced yet. Please stay tuned. Sign up for our e-mail updates to be notified for the next Media Challenge!

Take a look at our previous Deafhood Media Challenge winners.

Justin Dean Vollmar

First place: Justin Dean Vollmar

Jonathan McMillan

Second place: Jonathan W. McMillan

Stephanie Weiss

Third place: Stephanie Weiss

Eligibility (2015 rules)

Only one entry by any Deaf individual is allowed. A team may submit an entry with a Deaf individual as the lead person, who will be designated to receive the prize. If the same team makes a different submission, a different Deaf individual as the lead person must be identified.


Gold – $1,500

Silver – $900

Bronze – $600

The applicant will create a high-quality 3-5 minute media based on the Deafhood framework, which includes American Sign Language, in one of the following styles:

    • Commentaries by Deaf people or a Life Story about a Deaf individual

    • Academic and/or statistical information creatively presented

    • Artistic work, such as a poem, or creative presentation of metaphor(s)

To learn more about the Deafhood framework, the following resources are recommended:

    • Deafhood Foundation’s website (www.deafhoodfoundation.org)

    • Paddy Ladd’s book Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood

    • Deafhood Discussions website (deafhood.us)

    • Participating in Deafhood workshops, courses, The Deafhood Monologues, and other events offered by the Deafhood Foundation

Selections will be based on high-quality media, which have the best message that creatively captures the audience’s attention and promotes change using the Deafhood framework.  Winners will be selected using the criteria below:


    • High definition of at least 1080 resolution

    • Image is high quality with excellent camera techniques and lighting

    • Well-edited with smooth transitions

    • Between 3 to 5 minutes


    • Relevant to the Deafhood framework

    • Organized with good introduction, body, and conclusion

    • Consistent and clear delivery

    • Appeals to the audience creatively or artistically

    • Promotes systemic change

Language Use

    • American Sign Language is the primary language used

    • Signs are fluent

    • Sign errors are minimized

    • Language is appropriate for the target audience

    • Transitions between topics are clear

Accessibility (UPDATED)

  1. Visual aids such as images and texts are encouraged.

  2. Captions are required for any spoken parts. English subtitles for the signed portions are optional, though.

  3. Transcript with descriptive text is encouraged. However, it will be required (with support from the Deafhood Foundation) for the three winning videos.


    An entry form must be included with the following:

        Name and address;

        E-mail address;

        How do you identify yourself as Deaf;

        Name and members of team (if applicable);

        Title of media;

        Style selected (#1,2 or 3 from list above);

        How you learned about this challenge;

        How you learned about the Deafhood Foundation;

        Any Deafhood workshop, course, The Deafhood Monologues,

        or other event hosted by the Deafhood Foundation in which you participated.

The media must be submitted to your YouTube or Vimeo account and provide us with the direct link.

The media must be between 3 and 5 minutes and include the title or title page.

The Deafhood Foundation has the right to provide deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.

All media must be original and any plagiarism will result in disqualification.

Any copyrighted materials must be properly credited and written permission must be obtained.

Winners decided by the Deafhood Foundation are final.

Deafhood Foundation employees, the board of directors, and immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.

All entries remain the property of the entrants but the Deafhood Foundation retains the right to use, publicly display, and distribute the film.

Winners agree to allow the Deafhood Foundation to post their names on the Deafhood Foundation’s website.  The winning media may be posted in its entirety on the website with full credit given to the producer and team (if applicable).

To Enter

Submit your information sheet and media online by (to be announced).

A receipt will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an e-mail notification, please e-mail grants@deafhoodfoundation.org.

Selection of Winners

The Deafhood Foundation grants committee will select the first round entrants and notify them by September 1, 2015. The Deafhood Foundation board members with input from community members will select the finalist and prizes will be distributed no later than December 31, 2015.

Comments or Questions

Comments or questions about the Deafhood Media Challenge are welcome.  Please e-mail to grants@deafhoodfoundation.org.