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Colorado Teen Video Challenge

Encourage teens in your community to participate in the 2018 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!
There's also a version of this information especially for teens; share the link with them! You can also print this flyer for teens to display in your library, website, schools, and throughout your community.

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, creativity, and self-expression 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!
  • provides a $100 cash prize to the teen/teen team that wins each state's contest!

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 2018 CSLP theme of music 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 26, 2018. Email completed, signed forms to Beth Crist (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

The Forms

Are there examples?

Yes! View the 2017 Winning and Finalist Videos


Q: Can someone younger or older than 13-18 appear in the video?
A: Yes. The video Creator(s) must be between the ages of 13 and 18, but Participants in the video – such as cast members – may be outside of that age range. Everyone that appears in the video, regardless of their age, must submit a Model Release Form.

Q: Do teens have to film the video in a library?
A: No, they can film their video anywhere they like. 

Q: Can a teen/teen team submit more than one video?
A: Yes! They just need to submit a separate Entry Form and Model Release Form(s) with each video.

Q: When will we know the results of the contest?
A: Once each state has selected a winner, CSLP will review them and they'll make an official announcement in mid April 2018. A DVD of the video and a brief written summary will be requested from the winner.

Q: How are the winning video and finalists chosen?
A: A volunteer panel of Colorado librarians select the finalists, and a panel of experts from state level partners select the winning video.

Q: What if someone interested is 12 now but will be 13 by the deadline, or is 18 now but will be 19 by the deadline? Is he/she eligible for the contest?
A: As long as entrants submit their video and forms when they're between 13 and 18, even if they worked on the video outside of that period, they're eligible. And people of ANY age may appear in the videos.

For More Information

Contact: Beth Crist, Colorado State Library, 303-866-6908

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