Teen Video Challenge

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Congrats to this year's winners!

Teens Ian MacFadyen, John Warner Leblanc, Garrett Bueche, James Holland, Stewart MacFadyen, Sophie Salopek and Karl Welch, all representing the Lafayette Public Library, created the winning Louisiana video, Chain of Reactions, in which the main character experiences excitement after reading a good book and sparks a chain reaction inspiring those around him to read, too.

Here is the formal Press Release.

Check back this fall for detail on the 2015 Louisiana Teen Video Challenge.


Louisiana Teen Video Challenge 2014

Create a video promoting the Summer Reading Program at the public library for 2014 and you could win $275! Create a short Public Service Announcement (PSA), using the theme “Spark a Reaction.” You could be the Louisiana Teen Video Winner in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) “Spark a Reaction” Teen Video Challenge 2014. Teens all across America will see your video.

Who can enter?
• Any Louisiana teen resident, aged 13 -18.
• Create the video on your own or work with other teenagers as a team.

How do I enter?
1. Get the Entry Form here and print it out. Read all instructions provided on the entry form and read the Rules listed below.
2. Explore the resource link http://www.cslpreads.org/video-resources.html. There are online tutorials for how to make a video. Here is one basic tutorial from Page Turner Adventures.
3. Create a 30 – 90 second video that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer. Be sure to use the concept of "Spark a Reaction" as the main focus of your video.
4. Title your video: “2014 TVC-LA- Unique Name” (same as Entry Form) Please choose a Unique Name that does not include your real name (example: 2014 TVC - LA - Krypton23).
5. Upload your video to YouTube.com. or Vimeo.com
6. Complete your Entry Form. Download, print and fill out the Model Release form(s) completely.
7. Mail or deliver the forms to your local public library (The library you listed on your entry form) by March 10th, 2014.

Questions? Contact your local public library

What Can I Win?
In April 2014, the CSLP will award $275 to the Louisiana State “2014 Teen Video Challenge” winner or winning team. The library listed on the Entry Form will receive $100 from CSLP and a $50 gift certificate for Upstart products. All prizes are provided by the CSLP.

The winner will be notified in April 2014. If your video is chosen as the winner, you will be contacted and asked to mail a copy of your video as a DVD to the Louisiana State Teen Video Challenge Representative. (Preferred formats: .wmv or DVD video with a minimum 640 x 480 aspect ratio.)

A complete list of state winners, along with videos, will be posted on the CSLP website winners’ page. The Louisiana State winner and finalists will be posted on the “Summer Reading at Louisiana Libraries” Video Challenge Winners page.

What Rules do I need to follow?

The “2013 Teen Video Challenge” is open only to legal U.S. residents who are age 13 to 18 applying through the state where they reside. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.

Each participant or group may submit one video per entry. Signed Model Release form(s) must be included with each entry. All submissions must be received by February 26, 2013 to the library named on your entry form. Late entries will not be accepted. A DVD of the video will be requested from the state winner.

Terms and Conditions:
All music and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain and must be specified as such on the entry form. NOTE: Audio is subject to copyright. Entries that do not have original audio or audio that is in the public domain will be rejected. Videos must be original and made entirely by teen entrants. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have the permission to use the "2014 Teen Video Challenge" submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Model Release form.

Video Criteria for Acceptance:
All videos must:
• Be 30 to 90 seconds.
• Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
• Include your interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan “Spark a Reaction.”
• Be designed for use at any library.
• Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

Video will be judged on the following criteria:
• Creativity
• Message clarity and relevance
• Motivation and inspiration
• Overall impact
View the 2012 Teen Video Challenge winners http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2012-teen-video-winners.html

Louisiana Librarians with questions please contact Angela Germany, Children and Teen Services Consultant at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (225) 342-9716.