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Colorado Teen Video Challenge

Encourage teens in your community to participate in the 2017 Colorado Teen Video Challenge! Sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), this contest invites teens, 13-18, to create short videos (30-90 seconds long) that promote reading all summer long and using the library to other teens. It's creative, it's hands-on, and it's fun!

The Whys

For libraries, the contest:

  • provides library staff with a great way to connect with and engage teens in a fun way. This is a great project for a Teen Advisory Board, teen volunteers, and all creative teens in your community! It's also a great way to promote technology you have at your library to film and edit videos, as well as pair teens up with mentors who have video production experience.
  • offers an opportunity for library staff to encourage 21st-century skills through a fun, practical experience.
  • provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with teachers and teacher-librarians through promoting the contest and working with teachers to provide teens with necessary resources for making their videos. It makes a great class project for a A/V or video production class!
  • will give the library of the winning teen/teen team a $50 gift certificate from Upstart!

For teens, the contest:

  • offers a fun opportunity to learn or hone filming, video editing, acting, and creative writing skills.
  • allows teens to practice 21st skills like teamwork, planning, technology, and communication in a really fun way.
  • provides the winning teen/teen team with a certificate and recognition in libraries throughout the country.
  • is hands-on, creative fun!

The Hows

  • Teens can work individually or in teams. Though anyone can participate by appearing in the videos, the video creators--those that develop the concept, script, sound effects, filming, and so forth--must be between 13 and 18.
  • Videos should include the teen/teen team interpretation of the 2017 CSLP slogan “Build a Better World” in some way and promote reading and libraries.
  • Videos must be usable at any public library nationwide; thus the promotion of a specific library is not acceptable, but it is OK for the signage of a public library to appear in the video.
  • Videos must be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages--in other words, they must be Rated G!
  • All materials used must be created by the teen(s), but can include audio and artwork that is freely available for legal use, sharing, re-purposing and remixing.
  • Videos must be at least 30 seconds long and no longer than 90 seconds.
  • All entries must include a signed Model Release Form for ALL individuals appearing in the video.
  • Teens must upload their videos to YouTube or Vimeo and submit their Model Release Form(s), and Contest Entry Form by February 14, 2017. Email completed, signed forms to Beth Crist, crist_b@cde.state.co.us (you can also send them by courier to c912, or by mail to Colorado State Library, 201 E. Colfax Ave Room 309, Denver, CO 80203).

The Criteria

Videos will be judged on:

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact

View the 2016 Winning and Finalist Videos

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