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Video Contests for Students

C-SPAN's StudentCam 2011


An annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme:

"Washington, DC - Through My Lens”
Tell us about an issue, event, or topic that helped you better understand the role of the federal government in your life or community.

The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students may compete individually or in teams of up to 3 members. All documentaries must contain C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic. C-SPAN’s philosophy is to show varying sides of an issue. Winning StudentCam documentaries will also show varying sides of the chosen topic. Documentaries must be between 5-8 minutes. Entries must contain credits or a work cited list. All documentaries must be uploaded and received at C-SPAN by midnight PST on January 20, 2011.

Network for Excellence in Teaching Video Contest

If you're thinking about teaching school or just think teaching's cool, put your face in this space! The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) initiative is sponsoring an online video contest. Just submit a 30- to 60-second video and upload it to this site. Tell us why you are passionate about becoming a teacher, how a teacher changed your life or just express your admiration for the teaching profession.

Then, share your video with your friends and vote on other videos. The entries that receive the most "likes" become finalists. A panel of judges will select grand prize, second- and third-place winners. The grand prize is a $1,000 gift card to the retailer of the winner's choice. All Entries must be completed, submitted and received by 4:59:59 p.m. CT on January 7, 2011, to be eligible for voting and judging.

Courageous Persuaders TV Commercial Contest

Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. Open to all high school students in grades 9-12.

Your commercial must be 30 seconds long or less. Your entry must either be submitted online or postmarked by this date. More than one commercial may be submitted by one student. You may enter as an individual or as a team. All team members listed on the entry form must be a High School student, in grades 9-12 and a United States citizen attending a United States high school. The deadline is Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Friday Night Feats Video Contest

Friday Night Feats is a video contest from State Farm Insurance that honors big moments in high school football. A total of $160,000 in prize money will be awarded to schools across the U.S. and parts of Canada to use however they’d like. A new football field? Books? Classroom supplies? The field is wide open. Just submit your video of a great football play and encourage your community to vote it to victory.

Videos must be no longer than 90 seconds and each video must only contain one play to be judged. Copyrighted music, video or images (such as corporate logos) are not allowed. The top three winners will be chosen based solely on fans’ votes so your community’s participation will be key in order for your video to advance! Participants must be 14 years old or older. The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Recess Rocks Video Contest to Fight Obesity
Details: (Facebook Page)

Obesity is a major problem among young people in America. The Recess Rocks video contest engages children and young teens in grades 2 through 8 in addressing childhood obesity. Students are asked to submit videos featuring a speech, song, dance or commercial that answers two questions – “How do you feel about the childhood obesity problem?” and “What can you do about it?” – and shows how they and their family and friends stay healthy.

Entries will be judged on overall impact, creativity, memorable content and delivery and a clear message on how the problem can be solved. Entering the video contest is easy. All you need is a good idea and a camera (any kind, even a phone camera!). Submit it at! The contest ends on November 30, 2010.

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