Youth video competition


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.

Curious about the calibre of talent we have the privilege of viewing each year? Check out a compilation video featuring our 2017 winners and honourable mentions.

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. There are two $300 cash prizes in each of the following age categories:

  • 12-14
  • 15-17 
  • 18-25

The winning short original films, including up to 10 honourable mentions, will be showcased at the KPL central library theatre on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 5 p.m.

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

When submitting your entry, remember to:

  • Upload your file to your own YouTube or Vimeo account, and
  • Complete our online application form, including the URL where we can see your video.

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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