Getting Started

Here’s how the 2019 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Work on your video.

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

Next, review this year’s question and make sure you answer it in your video!

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!

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

  1. 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 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 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 noises.
  1. 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 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 comment in addition to just viewing it.

Dates to remember:

  • Entry Deadline: April 23, 2019
  • Rating and Comment Period Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Winners Announced: On or about May 14, 2019


  • Grand Prizes: $10,000 for best student entry from either the U.S. or Canada, $5,000 for best Canadian school entry and $5,000 for best U.S. 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!