BICENTENNIAL STREET-ART VIDEO COMPETITION is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the American Cultural Association (ACA)
This year is a special year for American and Moroccan history and friendship, as it marks the bicentennial anniversary of the establishment of the American Legation. This friendship transcends diplomatic relations to have a meaningful influence and impact in culture, especially urban and street art. We have witnessed in the past few years, huge growth of the Moroccan youth’s interest in urban art expressions that find their roots in American urban culture. From graffiti to hip hop, skateboarding to slam poetry, this influence manifests itself not only in the many arts and entertainment forms that gained popularity among the youth, but also in the common use of both English and Darija in those scenes. In addition to that, smart phones have become an easy, accessible and common way for young people to capture, share and express themselves.
This project highlights the significance of street and urban arts, which constitutes what can be considered the most accessible and inclusive open-air museum. In this respect, Eye on the Street is a video competition that encourages young filmmakers to explore their environment, capture and share their experiences, vision and narratives related to Moroccan street and urban art practices influenced by American culture, through a video filmed with smartphones.
How does American Urban Culture influence Street Art in Morocco?
Young amateurs or experienced video makers (between 18 and 25 years old) are invited to create and submit up to a 5-minute video exclusively using their smartphone to explore street and urban art practices around them (Hip Hop, Graffiti, murals, Urban Dance, American Urban Sports, etc.) that have been influenced by the American arts scene and style.
Submissions can be any type of video that captures your personal approach to one or several of these cultural practices through the lens of a phone camera. The submitted video could be a documentary, a fiction, an animation or any other format.
This call will open on May 1st, 2021 and will end on June 22nd, 2021.
Upload your video to YouTube under your own username, captioning the video with the hashtag #eyeonthestreet. After uploading the hashtagged video, send a link to your video submission to
along with the CONTEST APPLICATION FORM.
The American Cultural Association’s cultural team will review all submitted entries before creating a final shortlist.
The final round of judging will be conducted by recognized professionals in the field of filmmaking and street/urban arts in both the United States and Morocco, who will award the three winning videos from the shortlisted entries. The jury will evaluate the narrative, technical aspects and originality of the video.
Winners will be notified by July 1st, 2021.
Their work will be screened in public and shared on the organizers’ social networks (Facebook- Instagram- YouTube).
Opening Date: May 1st, 2021
Submission Deadline: June 22nd, 2021
Selection announcement: July 1st, 2021
BICENTENNIAL STREET-ART VIDEO COMPETITION
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the American Cultural Association (ACA)
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