Youth video competition



The City of Kitchener and the Kitchener Public Library are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 Youth Video Competition. Over 50 videos were submitted and two top videos in each age category were selected, plus ten honourable mentions. CONGRATULATIONS to all participants!

View the winning videos here.


AGES 12-14

The Flamingo Parable by Connor Joncas, Kitchener

The Walker by Nicholas Milczarczyk, Waterloo


AGES 15-17

All Too Good To Be True by Nicole Rayner, Kitchener

Taped by Brennan Windsor, Kitchener


AGES 18-25

My Cloudy Sunrise by Caleb Main, Ayr

The Colour Out of Space by Aaron Miller, Kitchener



The Sleepover Scare by Xena Scoggan, Kitchener

1 in 5 by Gavin Sibley, Waterloo

Rollin' by James Forbes, Kitchener

Don't Fall Asleep by Nicholas Goddard, Kitchener

The Mighty Canadian by Sam Heard, Waterloo

A Valuable Decision by Laura Morton, Kitchener

Life of a Book by Andrea Santos, Kitchener

IMPOSSIBLE by Amardeep Singh, Kitchener

End by Ryan by Pathammavong, Kitchener

The Morning After by Sydney Posliff, Kitchener


About the Contest

Every spring we partner with the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) to offer young, budding filmmakers in our community, the chance to showcase their talents and win some extra spending money.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to share their original short films and animations for a chance to win cash prizes in three age categories. Check out the list of criteria below if you are interested in participating in the 2019 contest. Check back for the 2019 submissions deadline.

Contest criteria

To be eligible for one of our top awards, your submission must meet the following criteria.

  • You can only submit one video entry per year.
  • You must be a Canadian resident.
  • Your video must be between 45 seconds and three minutes in length (including credits).
  • Your video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo in the highest quality possible. Either 1920 x 1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720 (720p) are ideal.
  • Your video must be completely original, with no adult involvement. That means your video must be created, directed, filmed and edited by applicants between the ages of 12-25.
  • Content will be screened in a public setting and should be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
  • If you choose to use images, sounds or music in your video:
    • The content must be your own original work, or
    • You must have appropriate, documented permissions (I.e. ShareAlike licences) to use the content, or
    • The content must be in the public domain and follow all applicable copyright laws.

If we suspect your video includes copy written media (audio/video/images) during the technical review, your submission may be disqualified. We strongly encourage you to include the sources of any media used in your video within the description area when you post the file to YouTube of Vimeo.

Tip: Watch a short video about the audio component of your video submission.

Tip: Want to locate legally appropriate media? Creative Commons provides access to millions of songs, images and music files that can be used. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines before including any work in your submission.

Submitting your video

Submission are now CLOSED.

Please check the page in the fall for the 2019 submission guidelines.

Selection process

Winners and honourable mentions are chosen based on how their submissions rank in our two review stages:

  • Technical review: Videos are initially reviewed for compliance with our contest criteria and the technical requirements for the competition. This includes length of video, format, visual projection qualities, and suitability for an all-ages audience.
  • Artistic review: Based on originality, quality and design values.

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