Every year we partner with the Kitchener Public Library and the Grand River Film Festival, for a youth video competition. Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to share their short films and animations to win a $300 prize in each prize category.

On this page:

  1. Screening
  2. Submit your video
  3. Contest rules
  4. How we pick a winner


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Submit your video

The 2022 call for submissions is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a video!

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Contest rules

Two people will win the $300 prize in each of our three age categories:

  • 12 to 14
  • 15 to 17
  • 18 to 25

We may also choose up to 10 honourable mention winners.

You can only submit one video. To win you must:

  • be a Canadian resident – applications from Waterloo region will be given preference
  • submit a video between 45 seconds and three minutes in length suitable for all ages (including credits)
  • upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo at the highest quality possible (please make sure your video can be accessed for at least two months following the submission deadline)
  • you must have created, filmed and edited your video without any adult assistance (adult actors are allowed)
  • allow your video to be screened at a public event or virtually on the city’s YouTube channel


All images, music and sound effects used in your video must be original or used per the content’s copyright or use guidelines. If we suspect that your video inappropriately uses copy written material, your video may be disqualified.

A musical composition, sound effect or an image available on the internet may not signify that it is in the public domain. You may still need to have permission from the artist to use it in your film. For that reason, it is best to use platforms such as the Creative Commons.

The Creative Commons provides millions of songs, images and music as long as you follow their guidelines for use.

Please reference all media sources in your video description or credits.

How we pick a winner

Winners are selected based on their technical and artistic merits. We assess technical merits based on how well your video meets our contest rules.

We assess artistic merit based on originality, quality and design.