The 2020-2021 Video Contest is open! Enter Today!

This contest challenges teens to create an original video to promote awareness of 
dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Participants are encouraged to be creative!
 
If you are making a video with other people, please follow Montgomery County Social Distancing Guidelines.
Wear a mask inside or outside if 6 feet of social distancing is 
not possible.

      

Who can enter? All 6th - 12th grade students living in Montgomery County can enter.  Students can enter the contest on their own or as a group; however, students may only participate in ONE entry. If a student in any way participates in more than one video, all of those entries will be disqualified. 

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2021
 
Entry Rules (download rules): 
  • All submissions must have a title, be in English or Spanish and be 50-70 seconds in length.
  • All submissions must be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, or similar program. 
  • You will then have to provide us with the link via our Contest Submission Form.
  • All submissions must address at least one of the following:
    1. Physical abuse, emotional/verbal abuse, types of technological abuse, financial abuse or issues around consent.
    2. Examples of healthy behaviors in a relationship.
    3. Bystander intervention (how to step in and help a friend).
  • All submissions must include the Montgomery County Family Justice Center - 240-773-0444 as the resource where victims of domestic violence and dating abuse can get help. 
  • Submissions must reflect careful planning, thoughtful insight into the material presented, and accurate and thorough coverage of the content.
  • All participants must submit the signed Consent and Release form.
  • Submissions may NOT include ANY copyrighted music, audio/video clips, characters, logos, or other protected material. Videos may include music only if it is considered “open source” music, or if it is composed and played by a student (or students) in the group.
All submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel, with cash prizes going to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Honorable Mention prizes going to 4th and 5th place. A “Fan Favorite” will also be selected from the Top 5 via public vote during the month of March, and will receive an additional prize. The winning videos will be announced at an event in Spring 2021. Winning students must participate in the Spring event. 
 
 To Enter: 
  1. Create your video, and make sure it follows all of the rules listed above.
  2. Upload your video to Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, or similar program.
  3. Print and sign the Consent and Release Form (all team members must do this). A parent or guardian must sign the form if a student is under age 18.
  4. Submit the Contest Submission Form, where you will have to answer a few questions and provide a link to your video.
Check out previous winners for inspiration!
2020
1st Place and Fan Favorite - "I'm the Victim" - Northwood High School 
2nd Place - "He Loves Me" - Roberto Clemente Middle School 
3rd Place - "Our Memories" - Richard Montgomery High School 
Honorable Mention - "Distraction" - Eastern Middle School 
Honorable Mention - "Excuses" - Poolesville High School

2019 2nd Place -  "It Was All Her Fault" - Roberto Clemente Middle School
3rd Place -  "Dear Diary" - Roberto Clemente Middle School
Honorable Mention and Fan Favorite - "You are Not Alone!" - Winston Churchill High School
Honorable Mention - "There Is Another Side" - Northwood High School​

2018
1st Place - "Text Me Back, K?" - Wootton High School
2nd Place - "Triad" - Tryka Film Coalition
3rd Place - "Isolation" - Sherwood High School
Honorable Mention and Fan Favorite - "I'm Fine." - Richard Montgomery High School 
Honorable Mention - "Because He Told Me So" - The Girl Scouts

2017
​1st Place and Fan Favorite - "Because He Loves Me" - ​Northwest High School
Honorable Mention - This is My Story - Hallie Wells Middle School​

2016
1st Place - "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered" - Roberto Clemente Middle School
2nd Place - "Abuse Does Not Discriminate" - Sherwood High School
3rd Place - "Don't Be Silenced" - Forrest Oak Middle School
Honorable Mention - "Why Me?" - Gaithersburg High School
Honorable Mention - "Does He Really Like You?" - Wheaton High School

2015
1st Place - "Bruises" - James Hubert Blake High School
2nd Place - "Out of the Dark" - James Hubert Blake High School
3rd Place - "Locked" - James Hubert Blake High School
Honorable Mention - "It Has To End" - James Hubert Blake High School
Honorable Mention - "There's No Excuse" - Sherwood High School