2022-23 Contest Rules

This video contest is open to all Texas public school districts, with a limit of one video entry per district. The video can be created by district staff but must feature students. Prizes will be awarded to the school district.

Entries will be accepted March 1-7.

If you have any issues with the online submission process, email studentvideo@tasb.org.

What is the goal of the video?

Create a short video showcasing your school district and illustrating why Texas public schools are the best choice:

  • Convince Texans to stand up for public schools.
  • Show people why Texas schools are strong and successful.

Feature people, stills, animation — whatever you think best conveys your message. Get creative in your approach!

All entries will be posted on the web and displayed statewide by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

Video content

  • Should be no more than 60 seconds in length.
  • Should be 1080p or higher.
  • Must be an original work.

Video content must NOT:

  • Violate copyright laws (see below).
  • 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 elected office or advocate for the passage or defeat of legislation or a ballot measure.
  • Be inappropriate as determined by TASB.

Can students get assistance with the filming and editing of the video? The video can be planned, filmed, and edited by school district faculty and staff. Students must be featured in the video.

Professionals in media, public relations, and education will participate in the judging process to help determine the winners. 

Copyright information

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.

Are we allowed to use a song and substitute words for the video?

Short answer, no.

Long answer, a work isn’t parody unless it critiques or comments on the original song or songwriter. If you’re using the tune and changing the words for a different message, it’s likely not parody and there are copyright implications — and copyright infringement versus parody/fair use is very fact-specific and you don’t really know if you’ve crossed the line unless you successfully defend a copyright infringement suit.

Regardless, students should always ask the song’s author for permission to use the song.

Submission process

The submission form  will be open March 1-7, but until then, keep the submission process in mind.

To submit a video, you must:

  • Complete the online application (link will be provided March 1)
  • Ensure you have the proper filming permissions.
  • Submit your video file through the online contest entry form using the following naming format:
    • SVC_DistrictNameISD

Release forms details

Make sure you have proper permission to film anyone featured in your video. This authorization assures that those involved know that the video may be shown publicly without further consent required.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in three categories, determined by district average daily attendance (ADA):

  • Small: No greater than 1,600 ADA
  • Medium: 1,6001-5,000 ADA
  • Large:  5,001 or more ADA

The winner in each category will be awarded a prize of $5,000.

All winners will be contacted in spring 2023.*

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.

More information

If you have questions, contact TASB at studentvideo@tasb.org.

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

Entry Rule Highlights

  • Submitting school district must be an active member of TASB.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Video must be an original work. 
  • Video entries should be nore more than 60 seconds.
  • Written permission must be obtained for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.
  • Contest participation must be approved by the superintendent or campus principal. 
  • Ensure you have the proper filming permissions.