NEXT GENERATION ANGELS AWARDS

A key component of continuing Ken’s legacy is to engage and empower the next generation of documentary filmmakers. The Better Angels Society is committed to paving the way for the filmmakers of tomorrow and honoring the legacy of Ken Burns.

Partnership with National History Day (NHD)

The Next Generation Angels Award is an annual prize sponsored by The Better Angels Society in coordination with National History Day. The award is presented to six middle and high school student documentary filmmakers to recognize excellence in ideologically balanced, well researched history filmmaking in the model of Ken Burns. Each year, The Better Angels Society celebrates the six student winners with a trip to Washington, DC where they are recognized as part of the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Award for Film, a professional award.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Better Angels Society will honor the winning students for their filmmaking talent and hard work virtually. By leveraging digital platforms, we can bring the work of the winning students to more students and teachers nationally. All of this year’s winning films can be viewed below.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NHD
KEN BURNS’ NHD RESOURCES

2020 Winning Films

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

EVENTS

The events to honor the work of the 2020 Next Generation Angels are:

  • The 2nd Annual Student History Documentary Film Festival
  • A Mentorship Conversation with Ken Burns and with Florentine Filmmakers
  • A Mentorship Conversation with the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Winners
  • A Copyright Presentation Ceremony and Students Teach the Teachers Professional Development Event Hosted by the Library of Congress
FILM FESTIVAL
MENTORSHIP CONVERSATIONS
STUDENTS TEACH THE TEACHERS
view THE PREVIOUS WINNERS OF the next generation angels award

Hilton was a proud sponsor of the 2019 Next Generation Angels Awards.

This webpage was created by a National History Day student, Anika Kapoor, through a youth internship program sponsored by The Better Angels Society.