2019

Getting Started

Here’s how the 2019 What’s Your Story? video contest works:

  1. Make sure you’re eligible to compete.

If you’re going to compete in the individual student category, you must be 13 or older to enter this contest and currently enrolled in school (K-12, college, university, film school.).  If you’re under 18, you’ll need a parent’s or guardian’s approval in order to compete.

If you’re going to compete for your school, you must also be 13 or older to enter OR teachers can register under their own name and help their students to enter the contest.

Read the official rules here.

  1. Register on the site.

When you register, you will be able to later submit your entry, and also comment or like other entries.

  1. Work on your video.

Before you get started, make sure you know the rules.  There are limits such as how long it can be and what content is allowed.

Next, review this year’s question and make sure you answer it in your video!  Your video may not be approved if it doesn’t actually answer the question.

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

And don’t use any material (music, images, sounds, costumes, etc.) that is not your original work, unless you have the permission to do so. Make it your own and respect the work of others!  If you’re using music, images or sounds created by someone else, make sure it doesn’t violate any copyright rules.

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

  1. Submit your video by January 14, 2020.

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.  And don’t wait until the last minute.  If you have to edit it for some reason, leave yourself enough time to do that.  All entries MUST be submitted by the deadline to be considered for the contest.

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 respectful 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 your video contains images, music, information, or sounds originally created by someone else, make sure you have permission to use it.  List your sources in your entry description (which is shown at the bottom of 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 or background sounds.
  1. Share your video.

This contest is about having a great message, but it’s also about being a good messenger. So share your message with as many people as you can until January 21, 2020!  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 hearts from each of your fans will be used to determine the finalists.  Encourage them to register on the site so they can give your entry a heart or leave a comment, too.

Dates to remember:

  • Entry Deadline: January 14, 2020
  • Rating and Comment Period Deadline: January 21, 2020
  • Winners Announced: February 11, 2020

Prizes

  • 3 Grand Prizes:
    • $10,000 awarded to one individual student entry, of which $5,000 will go to the student and $5,000 will go to the student’s school.
    • $5,000 awarded to one Canadian school entry.
    • $5,000 awarded to one U.S. school entry.
  • Runner-Up Prizes:
    • 4 prizes of $1,000 each will go to 2 individual student entries and 2 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!