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2015 Colorado Teen Video Contest



The Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) are excited to announce the 2015 Colorado Teen Video Contest! Teens, 13-18, individually or in teams, are invited to create a short Public Service Announcement promoting the 2015 summer reading theme, "Unmask!"


The "Colorado 2015 Teen Video Challenge" is open to legal U.S. residents who are residents of Colorado aged 13-18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. All Colorado public libraries can participate.


  • Engage teens at your library and in your community

  • Promote reading and the summer reading program to teens

  • Provide teens with a real-world opportunity to strengthen essential 21st skills including teamwork, digital literacy, communication, and leadership

  • Put that video camera in your library to a great use!
  • Encourage teens to be creative

  • Allow teens from CO to get national exposure and win $$! The winning teen or teen team will receive $150!

  • Win $$ for your library! The library that sponsors the winning video in Colorado will get prizes worth $50!


For libraries:

  • Promote the contest in your library and community. Your library's website and social media, your library's teen advisory board, schools (especially video production teachers), after school programs and clubs, flyers in popular restaurants and teen hangouts, and word of mouth are all great ways to promote the contest.

  • Encourage teens to participate and assist them by providing resources to produce and edit videos, finding copyright-free music and art, and answering questions.

For teens:

  • Get the Entry Form here. It includes all the instructions and the Model Release Form.

  • Have fun and be creative creating a 30 to 90 second video that encourages other teens to read and use libraries this summer. Be sure to use the concept of "Unmask!" as the focus of your video. Do not promote or name your local public library; videos need to promote libraries in general. Useful video production resources are available at, and ask at your local library for more.

  • Entitle your video with: "2015 TVC-CO-Unique Name." Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name.

  • Upload your video to or

  • Fill out your Entry Form and Model Release form(s) completely. Be sure to include one Model Release form for each person that appears in the video.

  • Mail in the completed forms by March 2, 2015 to:

Colorado State Library
Attn: Beth Crist
201 E. Colfax Ave Room 309
Denver, CO 80203


Scan completed forms and email to


Ask your local library to send the forms in the library courier system to C912, Attn: Beth Crist.


All submissions must be received by March 2, 2015. Late entries will not be accepted.

Video Criteria for Acceptance:

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds

  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.

  • Include your interpretation of the 2015 CSLP teen slogan "Unmask!"

  • Be designed for use at any library (not promote a specific library, though it's ok for a sign with your library's name to be seen in the video).

  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. This means that videos must be rated "G"--no swearing or violence, please!

Check out for last year's winning video and finalists for the Colorado contest.

Videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity

  • Message clarity and relevance

  • Motivation and inspiration

  • Overall impact

Terms and Conditions:
All audio and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain and must be specified as such on the entry form. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the "2015 Teen Video Challenge" submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein as per the Model Release Form.
The Colorado State Library will find and coordinate a panel of judges to select the state winner.

Guidelines and Entry and Model Release Forms (DOC)

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