Libraries are for making…Movies! Short film contest

January 28, 2015 in TeenSpace by SCLSAdmin

Who can enter?

Quad-City Teens agers 13-19

What do you have to do?

Create a 3-5 minute video. You have three options for the content of your video:

  • Make a celebratory infomercial about our summer reading program. The theme for this year’s program is superheroes.
  • Libraries are for more than just reading so show us how to do or make something in an instructional video.
  • Lastly you can do your own thing as long as the content is appropriate for all ages and the library.

Remember to be creative. Just use your cell phone, your camera, or video camera to capture your imagination! Use your family, friends, pets, or yourself to star in the video. Work alone or with a team of up to 5 people. Be spontaneous or be scripted. Just keep it fun and appropriate for library viewers.


If you need a camera or help editing try calling your local library or school to see if they loan out cameras or if they have the Windows Movie Maker editing program.  You can always use your cell phone or digital camera video modes. Your librarian may even have training available on how to edit your videos.


After the video is edited, please create an account at YouTube so you can upload it. All videos are subject to the YouTube terms of use found at After uploading, please return the attached entry form with a hardcopy of your video to your library.


Entries will be judged by area library staff.  We will choose one video as the Librarian’s Choice while  attendees will choose one as the Viewer’s Choice. Both will win $100 cash. Non-monetary awards will be given to other videos.


Please have the videos uploaded to YouTube and a hardcopy supplied to your librarian by Wednesday, March 3rd. Winners will be announced at the screening. Participants give their permission for the videos to be used for promotional purposes.


Participants and their friends can attend the free Premiere Party where we will show all the videos and eat pizza. The premiere will be held at the Putnam Museum on Thursday, March 12th at 6pm.  Like Hollywood movie premieres, be prepared to wear your red carpet clothing and answer questions from the press.

Click below to download the entry form:

Film entry form