2016-17 Contest Rules

This video contest is open to all Texas elementary and secondary public school students, with a limit of one video entry per campus. The video can be created by an individual student or as a class project. Prizes will be awarded to the school district to be used in the student’s classroom or campus. 
 

Purpose

Create a short video using the theme “Texas Public Schools Rock!” The video’s purpose is to tell what makes your school exceptional, how your school has earned the support of your community, why Texans should stand up for public schools, and what makes Texas public schools the best choice. Feature live people, stills, animation—whatever you think best conveys your message. All entries will be posted on the web and displayed statewide by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).
 

Video Specifications and Submission Process

  1. Video entries should be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length.
  2. Video quality should be 1080p or higher.
  3. The video must be an original work.
  4. No copyrighted material (music, images, etc.) or trademarks (company names, logos, brands, etc.) may be used unless you own or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.
  5. Complete the online application—which will be available on this site closer to contest launch—and attach the required release forms. Submit your video file through the online contest entry form using the following naming format: campus name_school level_district (e.g., T.A.Brown_Elementary_AustinISD). If you have any issues with the online submission process, please e-mail studentvideo@tasb.org.
 

Requirements 

All videos must be submitted between December 1, 2016 and January 13, 2017.*

One student must be designated as lead producer/director for the video. In addition, the Entry Form must include the name, cell phone number, and e-mail address of the teacher who can be contacted about the entry if needed. 

A release is required from each person who has a speaking role or is otherwise distinctly featured in the video, as well as those involved in the production of the video. (This authorization assures that those involved know that the video may be shown publicly without further consent required. The release(s) must accompany the submission form and video. It must be signed by the participant(s), and if the participant/student is a minor, it must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian.The campus submitting the video may use its district’s standard release form for this purpose or TASB's sample release form. Please be sure the release covers Internet usage.

Video content must not promote illegal behavior; discriminate against or support invidious prejudice toward others along ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual grounds; invade the privacy of any person; support or oppose a candidate for elective office or advocate for the passage or defeat of legislation or a ballot measure; or otherwise be inappropriate as determined by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Please note that professionals in media, public relations, and education will participate in the judging process to help determine the winners. 

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in three school categories:
  • Elementary
  • Middle/junior
  • High
In each category, there will be a first prize of $5,000 and a second prize of $2,500.

There also will be a People’s Choice recognition in each of the three categories, which will be based on selections made by visitors to TASB’s website. No prize money will be awarded for the People’s Choice selection. (Please note: All reported view count statistics are collected by a third-party agency.)

All winners will be contacted in spring 2017.*
 

Authorization

By entrant(s) submitting the video, it is agreed that TASB, a Texas nonprofit organization, has the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, and display the video for any organizational purpose, without notification, consent, or compensation to the entrant(s). A TASB organizational purpose includes, but is not limited to, displaying the video on TASB’s website, at conferences, or at other venues, regardless of whether fees are charged.
 
Entrant also agrees that the releases required from participants (see “Requirements” section above) have been submitted with the video entry. 
 

Further Information

Questions? Contact the Texas Association of School Boards at studentvideo@tasb.org.

* Deadlines may be extended by TASB and notice of any extended deadline will be published on TASB’s website.

Entry Rule Highlights

  • Participating school district must be an active member of TASB.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • The video must be an original work. 
  • Video entries should be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length.
  • Written permission must be obtained for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.
  • Entries will be accepted December 1, 2016-January 13, 2017.*
  • Contest participation must be approved by the campus principal. 
  • A student producer/director and sponsoring teacher must be designated. 
  • A written release is required from each person distinctly featured or involved in the production of the video. 
* Deadlines may be extended by TASB and notice of any extended deadline will be published on TASB’s website.