2017 SafeLaunch Media $500 Video Contest Instructions

2017 SafeLaunch Media $500 Video Contest Instructions




Contest Dates:  March 3- April 4, 2017
Contest Submission Deadline:  April 4
Film Screening & Award Ceremony:  April 18

In partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, teen wellness initiative SafeLaunch Healthy Futures is promoting brain health by inviting students to compete for cash scholarships in the 2017 Media $500 Video Contest, “How I Cope – What I Do When Live Gives Me Lemons”.

This Media $500 Video Contest invites Santa Barbara Unified School District secondary students to use their talents to create 1-5 minute videos that inspire others to enjoy life without using alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or other drugs.

The finalists’ videos will be screened at the award ceremony with winners announced at the event on April 18 at Goleta Valley Junior High School located at 6100 Stow Canyon Rd, Goleta, CA. The entries will be shown at the award ceremony as time allows. Qualifying submissions will air on TVSB, the SafeLaunch YouTube Channel and Santa Barbara Unified School District sites following the ceremony.

Video Length Requirements

Videos must be between 1 and 5 minutes in length, not including credits.


All decisions made by the review committee and judges will be final. Judging will be based upon this criteria:

  1. Effective interpretation of the theme: How I Cope, What I Do When Life Gives Me Lemons?
  2. Effective portrayal of living a great and healthy lifestyle without the use of drugs and alcohol
  3. Creativity
  4. Originality


Three cash prizes will be awarded. Two Honorable Mentions and a People’s Choice Award will be recognized. In the event that students work in teams to create a video, the student who submits the video via the website will be awarded the prize and all team members will be recognized at the event.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
People’s Choice Award (selected by event attendees)
Two Honorable Mentions

Contestants Must:

Confirm that their parent/guardian has completed the Media $500 Contest Parent Waiver Form in order for their submission to be accepted.

Parents Must:

Sign the Media $500 Contest Parent Waiver Form to validate the submission.

General Information for Contestants

Videos that meet the contest requirements may be posted on the SafeLaunch website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The winning entries and honorable mentions will air on TVSB, school sites, and on the SafeLaunch YouTube Channel.

Follow the Contest Rules:

  1. The Media $500 Video Contest is open to Santa Barbara Unified School District students enrolled in grades 7-12 in the 2016-17 school year.
  2. Parents or legal guardians of contestants will assume responsibility for reviewing the entries and application content, including compliance with the contest requirements and rules.
  3. Contestants must create their own original content.
  4. Contestants are encouraged to seek adult support and professional advice; however, contestants are strictly prohibited from allowing anyone else to create or edit their entry.
  5. All work must be original and student-created. Click here to find contest-safe music.
  6. The use of copyrighted material is strictly prohibited.
  7. Videos must be titled and include credits.
  8. Entries must not contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitute copyright or license infringement. The entries must not contain brand names or trademarks. The entries must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous. Entries must not contain material that promotes bigotry or hatred toward any group or individual, or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age. Entries must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in the state of California.

Submit Your Video:

  1. Enter your contact information on the Contest Entry Form.
  2. Your finished movie can be created in either high definition (HD) or standard definition (SD).
  3. Remember that your video may be aired on television. When you are shooting, try to keep your screen size at the camera’s highest setting and follow the music guidelines.
  4. Output the movie file as .mpg, .mp4 or .m4v format.
  5. Rename your video file in this format: YourFirstName.YourLastName.YourMovieTitle.mp4 (for example).
  6. Upload file to Google Drive and share the file with contest@safelaunch.org. Your sponsoring teacher will help you do this if you don’t know how.
  7. You must share the video file as directed in #6 above AND fill out the Contest Entry Form to be eligible to win.