Accepts entries starting June 15, 2014
Entry Deadline July 31, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date November 10, 2014
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Reason Video Prize honors short-form, online video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, or enrich libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and human possibilities.

Entries may consist of one to five pieces by the same filmmaker(s) but cannot run longer than 15 minutes total (including all titles, credits, and other indicia). Submissions can be narrative, dramatic, fictional, documentary, etc. but cannot be excerpted from longer works. Entries will be judged as a complete unit, so care should be taken in making sure all parts are of equal quality and build to a coherent effect.

The Reason Video Award application and judging process will be overseen the staff of Entries must have been published online between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Notable Winners


• Drew Tidwell: "I, Pencil," produced for the Competitive Enterprise Institute

• Justin Monticello: "Obama That I Used to Know"

• Isaac Reese: "Game of Food Trucks," produced for the Institute for Justice


Monetary/Material Award Details

First Place: $10,000
Second Place: $5,000
Third Place: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

The following individuals and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children), significant others, and household members are not eligible to enter the Bastiat Prize for Journalism: First Prize winners of the Bastiat Prize of Journalism from the past three years; Directors, staff, and regular columnists of Reason Foundation; current Judges of the Bastiat Prize.

Articles commissioned, edited and/or placed by Reason

Foundation are not eligible for the BPJ.
Articles published exclusively by Reason Foundation are not eligible for the BPJ.

Articles must have been published for the first time between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
Entries must state clearly the name of the publication where each article appeared and the date each article was published.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

• Entries can consist of one to five videos but cannot exceed a cumulative time of 15 minutes.

• Entries must state clearly site and URL where each video appeared and the date each article was published.

• Consideration will be given to the videos on the following criteria: intellectual coherence; persuasiveness; wit and creativity; relevance; clarity and simplicity; wider impact.

Entry Format

• Entrants must submit their video(s) through the online entry form on Reason’s website.

• In the case of a question about the legitimacy of a video, the author will be consulted and a final decision will be made by Reason Foundation.

• Creators must nominate themselves, although submissions may be made by an assistant on the creator’s behalf with his/her consent.

• Entries will be accepted between June 15 and July 31, 2014; finalists will be announced no later than September 30.

• The decision of the judges and Reason Foundation will be final.

• Finalists will be invited to a prize dinner in New York City on November 10, 2014. (While attendance is encouraged, it is not obligatory to receive the prize.)

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