Regional video contest offers area students the opportunity to exercise their creativity and send an anti-bullying message to the community for a chance to win a Plattsburgh Red Carpet Experience.
Wanda McQueen, Safe Schools and Healthy Students project administrator said the project is a way for north country students to exercise their creativity to help raise awareness for a very serious problem.
“The more awareness we raise the easier it will be to address the problem,” McQueen said. “This is an exciting project and I hope the students will get excited and inspired to do something great here.”
Creators of the winning video will receive a “Red Carpet” treatment to a screening of their video at the Cumberland 12 Cinemas March 7. This will include a limo ride to the theater, front row seating and acknowledgment at the premier. Also winners will take part in a live interview on WIRY Radio, videos will be submitted to local TV stations for broadcasting, and receive a school visit from a surprise celebrity.
“I can’t say yet who it is but I know the students will be excited and you never know we could have more than one celebrity guest,” McQueen said.
The video submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1. McQueen said she hopes many students will participate so there is a broad range of creative works to choose from and hopes students can project a great message.
“We want to inspire them to think outside the box on this one and have their work be an outstanding message against bullying,” McQueen said.
The contest is open to all school ages students in grades K-12. The SS/HS judges will pick two winning videos; one submitted by an elementary team and one submitted by a middle/high school team.
Videos will be scored by the impact of their message, originality/creativity, accurate facts/statistics, and production quality.
Up to five video submissions are allowed per school and groups can be as small as one person or as large as 24, as long as all teams members are students at the same school.
Judges for the project will include local law enforcement, education, mental health/prevention, justice, and media members.
To participate each student featured in the short film must submit a consent and photo release form signed by a parent/guardian of the students, and most importantly the video must increase awareness of bullying and address what students, schools and communities can do to reduce bullying in the North Country.