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Here’s how the 2018 What’s Your Story? video contest works:

1. Make sure you’re eligible to compete.

You must be 13 or over to enter this contest and currently enrolled in school (middle school, high-school, K-12, college, university, film school.).  If you’re under 18, you will need parental or guardian approval. You can also compete as a school, where teachers can register their classrooms to enter.  Read the official rules here.

2. Register on the site.

Your first step is to register yourself for this site.  You will need this later on to submit your entry, and to rate or comment on other entries.

3. Work on your video.

Before you get started, make sure you know the rules.

And then make sure you answer this year’s question:

How do you know if what you see online is real or fake?

Be funny.  Be dramatic.  Be creative.  Use live action, stop action, animation, music or none.  Whatever you do, be real.

While you could possibly win one of our great prizes, we may also choose some of the most helpful and creative entries to include in a place online for the world to see.

Need some inspiration? Check out these great resources. And take a look at who’s won in the past.

4. Submit your video.

Log back into the site and follow the steps for uploading your entry.  You’ll get an email that will either confirm your entry has been approved or will ask you to edit and re-submit it.

Before you submit it, make sure your video is:

  • your own original work
  • submitted in one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov or .mp4
  • a minimum of 30 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes in length
  • a maximum of 100 MB in size.
  • respectful of copyrights and of others. Make sure you have permission to use other people’s music, company logos, images, or photos. For more tips on this, check out our Resources.

Some other tips:

  • Make sure your video answers the question for this year’s contest.
  • If you are using images, music, information, or sounds created by someone else, make sure you have permission to use it.  List your sources in your entry description or include it in your video credits.
  • Check your audio.  If you’re using background music with a voice speaking over it, make sure the voice can be heard clearly over the music.

5. Share your video.

This contest is about having a great message but also about being a good messenger.  Let your friends, family, neighbors, classmates, and others know about your video.  Share it on social media, websites, email, text, or in person!  Remember: views and ratings from each of your fans will be used to determine the finalists (only 1 rating & view per person).  So encourage them to register on the site so they can rate, and comment if they want, on your entry and help you reach the finals.

Dates to remember:

  • Entry Deadline: April 17, 2018
  • Rating and Comment Period Deadline: April 24, 2018
  • Finalists Notified: On or about April 30, 2018
  • Winners Notified: On or about May 7, 2018
  • Winners Announced: On or about May 14, 2018


  • Grand Prizes: $10,000 for best student entry, $5,000 for best Canadians school entry and $5,000 for best US school entry
  • Runner-Up Prizes: 4 iPad Pros  – 2 for individual entries and 2 for school entries
  • Honorable Mentions: To be selected at the discretion of the judges and listed on the contest site

Still have questions?  Contact us!

Otherwise, good luck!