Video Contest


Video Contest

Each year the Freedom Festival Video Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation.

As a student you can tell a compelling story through video with attention to visual impact and artistic detail, while offering an inspirational message to your audience.

This year’s theme focuses on the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Deadline is February 26.

Contest Guidelines

Theme: First Amendment
Eligibility: Open to all students K-12
Media: Video (mp4 format recommended)
Submission Deadline: March 25

Divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12

All entries must be the student’s original work. No one else is allowed to alter it in any way.

Works must be submitted as a digital format only or a public url in case the file is too big.

All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification. You DO NOT need to include your citations in your video. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.

No personal or identifying information may appear on the video itself, so NO names, grades, teachers’ names or school names on the video.

Any music used in the video must be free of copyright.

To get permission to use copyrighted music…
  1. Find the copyright owner. To get permission to use a copyrighted song, you’ll need to find the artist or owner of the song and contact them directly.
  2. Discuss a permission agreement.
  3. Create a written permission agreement.
Entry Deadline is March 25.
Awards and Prizes

Cash prizes will be based on judging criteria.

Grade 10-12: Win up to $500.00

Grade 7-9: Win up to $250.00

Grade 4-6: Win up to $100.00

Grade K-3: Win up to $75.00

Video Contest Rubric

Judging Criteria10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 
Exposition of Theme (40%)
∙ Presents ideas clearly  
∙ Develops ideas showing depth and/or higher-level thinking (analysis, etc.)
 ∙ Provides support for claims (examples, narrative, data) 
Meets all criteria at a  high level; ideas are  clear and developed  Meets some criteria; uneven in addressing theme; only partially connects to one or  more festival theme.Meets few criteria;  does not adequately  address theme;  
lacks connection to  at least one festival  value.
Creativity (30%)
∙ Presents ideas or concepts clearly and is well planned 
∙ Develops ideas showing originality, thoughtfulness, and creative  expression
Meets all criteria at a  high level; ideas are  clear and creatively  developed. Meets some criteria;  uneven; has lapses  in clarity or creative development.Meets few criteria;  often unclear or
Visual Impact (20%)  

∙ Video has visual and audio appeal 
∙ Artistic details enhance the message 
∙ Video holds attention and leaves an impression of the topic

Meets all criteria at a  high level; easy to  follow; visuals attract and impress.

Meets some criteria; demonstrates uneven organization.Meets few criteria; lacks organization; has a significant number of errors.
Inspirational (10%)
∙ Video is uplifting and communicates a positive message 
∙ Shows appropriate audience awareness and sensitivities
Meets all criteria at a  high level;  
stylistically pleasing  and age appropriate.
Meets some criteria;  uneven in style.Meets few criteria; stylistically  

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Contest Submission

    Student’s full name
    Select the student’s grade
    Select the category you are submitting according to the student’s grade
    What is the name of your Video submission?
    YouTube Link
    Enter the best email address to contact you about your entry
    Confirm your contact email address
    Provide a phone number where we can reach you about your entry
    Student’s parent or guardian name

    Enter your mailing address
    Zip Code
    Select your state
    Student’s School Name
    Student’s School Full Address
    School contact, teacher or principal
    School contact email address
    School Phone Number

    By submitting this entry I agree that the participating student is the sole author and owner of the attached file content, the student did not receive aid from others and did not use or copy any other propietary work.
    By submitting this entry, I agree to the contest rules, terms, and conditions, acknowledging that the student’s work will be distributed and shared to fulfill the judging and winning processes.

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    Ideas For The First Amendment Theme

    In a 1-2:30 minute video students may choose to illustrate the purposes and applications of the First Amendment that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may focus on any concept or specific freedom included in the First Amendment such as the Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, etc. Students may also apply the First Amendment protections to current or historical situations and court cases. Along with the cash prizes that will be awarded, the winning videos may be played at some of the Freedom Festival’s patriotic events.



    Do you think the freedoms identified in the First Amendment would already be protected in a democracy where citizens have a role in shaping the government? Was it necessary to establish these rights in an official document?


    The First Amendment does not permit people to do anything they want to do. How and why are the liberties and rights of people not unlimited? In what kinds of situations do you think it is fair and reasonable to limit freedom of expressions?


    Are the First Amendment freedoms among the “self-evident” …Are the First Amendment freedoms among the “self-evident” and “unalienable rights” referred to in the Declaration of Independence? What is the relationship of the Declaration of Independence to the Bill of Rights?


    What do you think about Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis statement that the founding generation “believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech and assembly discussion would be futile; that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”?