Video Contests

Here are some video contests that are available to high school students
More current contests will appear near the top - those near the bottom may be out of date - check the links for details!

  • The deadlines - make sure they match YOUR deadlines!
  • The previous WINNERS - you'd be surprised how simple some of the OTHER winners ideas are

Where ELSE can you find current video contests for Canadian students?
A new site makes it easy:
Try a logical Google Search ie.
  • "Canadian teen video contest"
  • "Canadian Secondary School Video Contest"
  • "Ontario High School Video Contest"


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OPL - Teen Tech Week
1 minute video
March 4 2018 to April 2 2018

The top 10 finalists will be announced, and their videos screened, at an Awards Night & Video Screening on Friday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive


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Sears DX Design Challenge
April 17th (postmarked) Deadline - Judged in May - June 2nd announcements
$500 / $300 / $200 Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Read the Design Brief
Entries must be formatted to an 11"x17" cardstock or foamcore display and mailed
Design categories
  • Costume (Hamlet)
  • Fashion (BackPack)
  • Graphics (Canadian 150th Stamp)
  • Industrial (Alternate Student Transportation)
  • Architecture (500 sq.ft. city dwelling)
Trend Micro 2017 - What's YOUR story?
Apr 11st 2017 Deadline - Winners announced May 19th

“If you could change one thing about the internet, what would you change?”$10,000 1st, $1,000 2nd, $1,000 3rd Individual Entry
$10,000 1st, $1,000 2nd, $1,000 3rd SCHOOL Entry

30 sec - 2min duration
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Google Doodle4 - What will the NEXT 150 years for Canada look like?
Submit before May 2nd
$10,000 scholarship for student + chromebook + $10,000 tech grant for school
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OPL Teen Tech Week
Deadline April 3rd, 2017

Create a video to promote your favourite book and you could win some great prizes. It can be a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of your favourite scene or anything related to your favourite book! The grand prize is an iPad.
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Skills Canada Ontario

Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges
Skills Ontario YouTube Channel
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OCDSB Environmental Video Contest

Nov 17th Registration
Deadline Dec 21st
  • 1st Place: Go-Pro Camera
  • 2nd Place: $75 Best Buy Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $50 Best Buy Gift Card

More Details
Royal Ottawa
Video Youth Contest

  • $1000 First place
  • $500 Second place

Deadline Feb 12th 2017
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It's Your Job 2017
Provincial Contest Webpage - winners are advanced to the National level (National Contest Webpage)
  • 1st Place: $2000 for the entrant(s), $2000 for their school
  • 2nd Place: $1500 for the entrant(s), $1500 for their school
  • 3rd Place: $1000 for the entrant(s), $1000 for their school

Deadline: March 3rd 2017 via Vimeo
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Skills Canada Video Contest

CommTech Students will accompany the Cardboard Boat team (Gr9) and document their build and race
Editing is completed back in the classroom
15 Second Horror Film Challenge
Ontario Royal Canadian Legion REMEMBRANCE Video Contest
  • DUE DATE: 6pm Dec 1st, 2016
  • Individual or Group categories
  • 3-4 minutes including credits
  • Live action, Computer Generated, or Animation
  • Ontario 2015 Winners
  • (BC) Winners 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Democracy: Own It

Details and Prizes

Deadline: November 9th 2015!
Video Prizes
  • Trip to Ottawa!
  • Hero GoPro
  • $200 Best Buy giftcard
Image Prizes
  • 64GB Apple iPhone
  • Kobo Aura + $100
  • $200 Best Buy giftcard
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It's YOUR job 2016

Provincial Contest Webpage - winners are advanced to the National level (National Contest Webpage)
  • 1st Place: $2000 for the entrant(s), $2000 for their school
  • 2nd Place: $1500 for the entrant(s), $1500 for their school
  • 3rd Place: $1000 for the entrant(s), $1000 for their school

Deadline: March 11th 2016 via Vimeo
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Teen Genes Video Challenge 2015

Deadline: October 23 5pm
Award Date: Nov 20
Prizes: $1,500 first prize; 3x $150 honourable mentions
Scope: International
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15 Second Horror Film Challenge

Deadline: October 21
Prizes: Surprise Prizes for winners
Scope: Ottawa based
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So You Think You Know Mining
Scope: Provincial

  • Jan 28th 2016 (Early Bird Prize)
  • Apr 4th 2016 (Final Deadline)

  • $5,000 for best overall production
  • $2,500 x 11 for directing, writing, music, cinematography, writing, animation, music, comedy and more
  • $1,500 + $500 for the school with three or more entries
  • and more!
STEM Contest
  • Phase1: November 30th 2015 for Teacher Application
  • Phase2: February 29th 2016 for Video based on application
  • Phase3: April 15th, 2015 2 winners from 11 finalists
Prizes: $20,000 for 11 finalists, $50,000 for 2 winners
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015 OSSTF Student Achievement Awards
Ontario Wide
DEADLINE: November? ANNOUNCEMENT: March 2016
  • Only ONE entry PER category PER school is permitted
  • 8x $1000 prizes

GoTechGirl T-Shirt Contest - CCTT
1st place $250
2nd place $100

Psst: This was won by McCrae student Breanna Schmeer in 2015!

Looking for cool, hip designs that embrace the spirit of GoTechgirl

1. One entry per person.
2. Maximum size of t‐shirt: Adult medium.
3. Entries can be hand drawn, painted or computer‐generated.
4. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: originality, clarity, demonstration of technology ideas, and ease of reproduction.
5. All Entries become the property of CCTT and will not be returned.
6. Deadline for entries: Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Entries are to be submitted to:
14 Concourse Gate, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2E 7S6
By email, fax or mail
Winners will be announced on
May 21, 2015
What's Your Story
Trend Micro
$10,000 1st, $1,000 2nd, $1,000 3rd Individual Entry
$10,000 1st, $1,000 2nd, $1,000 3rd SCHOOL Entry

Deadline: Apr 21st 2015 - Winners announced May 19th
30 sec - 2min duration

Share something you’ve learned that will help someone getting online for the first time.

Remember when you first started gaming or using Instagram, Twitter or some other social network? Did you know what to do? Or when someone helped you with the settings on your first phone or on a new app and made things easier? Have you ever made a big mistake or bad decision online, but you learned a good lesson? Or
maybe someone helped you get out of a mess?

Check out these great resources. And take a look at who’s won it in the past.

Liberty Mutual Insurance: "Protect what Matters Most" - Tongal Website 30-60 sec videos
  • Idea - Feb 26th
  • Pitch
  • Video

Ottawa High School Student Film Festival

Deadline April 15th
Prizes TBD
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Change the View - Take Action

Prize: $1,500
Due Date: April 9th, 2015
2 minute video (max)
OSSTF Student Achievement Awards
(Marion Drysdale Awards)

$1,000 per category
Deadline: November 21, 2014
Winners determined December 5th, 2014

"Nothing stays the same. Everything and everyone is in a constant state of change, yet when this change is done with a purpose, we call it a transformation. How and why do we transform ourselves? Can the actions or influences of others transform us? Explore the idea of transforming character(s) in our lives."

Category 1: Visual Arts, Intermediate, 9-10
Category 2: Visual Arts, Senior, 11-12
Category 3: Digital Arts, 9-12

  • Visual Arts entries could take any of the following forms: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, digital illustration, mixed media, sculpture, assemblage, installation, etc.
  • Digital Arts includes animation, audio and video submissions (<10min)


Speak Out and Maybe Get Paid - Allstate

Contest Details announced Opens October 7th
Deadline November 14th
Winners announced January 20th


Winning Videos 2013
Give distracted drivers a piece of your mind by Nov. 13. You could win up to $1500*!
Need some inspiration? See last year's entries. Full contest rules & details.

Similar Contests:
"Is It Worth It?" 2013 - State Farm $3,000 $1,500 $500

Young Drivers of Canada maintain (sometimes) a contest list

International Education

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Change the View - Teen Mental Health

Past Winners

DEADLINE April 10th
Prizes: $1500, $700, $300

OSSTF Student Achievement Awards

Deadline November 22nd, 2013

OSSTF/FEESO invites student writers and artists to submit creative work exploring this year’s theme: You cannot lock up an idea. Judging will be held at the school, District, Regional and Provincial levels. Eight provincial winners will be awarded $1000 each in prizes and will be invited to our Annual General Meeting in March where a video showcasing their work will be screened.
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A Career in Water relies on Facebook page
$500 x 5

DEADLINE: November 6th, 2013


The Official Get Wet! - A Career in Water Video Contest Page

The “Get Wet!” video contest has officially begun! It's simple - create a 2 to 3 minute video clip that explores the importance of water or careers available in the water industry. No fancy video equipment is required. Create your video using just a smartphone, camera or video recorder, and upload it to this page.

All video entries will appear online in October and November 2013. Feel free to vote for your favourite! Videos with the most votes will become finalists.

The top 5 finalists are selected by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, clarity and quality.

The 5 winners will receive a $500 cash prize and USB sticks!

So what are you waiting for? Get filming!

What is the Get Wet Contest?
The Get Wet! A Career in Water Contest encourages young people explore the importance of water, available careers, and education paths.

Presented by:
OMWA (Ontario Municipal Water Association) -
Ministry of the Environment, OCWA (Ontario Clean Water Agency) -
OWWA (Ontario Water Works Association) -
OWWEA (Ontario Water Works Equipment Association)
WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario)

Who can enter the contest?
High school students ages 13-18 are eligible to enter the contest.

When is the contest active?
The Get Wet contest opens on Monday, October 7 and closes

Wednesday, November 6 at midnight. Between these dates, students are welcome to submit their entry or vote for their favourite.

How do I enter the contest?
Create a 2-3 minute video about the importance in water or careers in the water industry. No fancy recording equipment is required. Just use an iPhone, camera or video recorder. Once you are finished, upload your video to the Contest Facebook Page or on the Contest Website at

How will the winners be chosen?
All video entries will appear online in October and November 2013 on this Facebook page Visitors to the page are welcome to vote on their favourite video entry. Videos with the most votes will become finalists.
The top 5 finalists are selected by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, clarity and quality.

What are the prizes?
The 5 winners will receive a $500 cash prize and USB sticks! The winning videos may also be shown at water industry and trade events across Ontario.

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New Contests: CRRF and

What's Your Story

Deadline is April 16th, 2013
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Photography contest. "Capture what defines health in your community through photography.

$500 first prize

Deadline April 19th 2013

It's Your Job
Gov't of Canada
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Who Am I? I Am Canadian!
Canadian Race Relations
  • 30-45 seconds
  • Deadline Feb 28th
    • $300 x 5 winners

Due Date: June 11th - Rise Against Homophobia Prize - $2,500
Due Date: June 30th - Project Reason - Prize $10,000


Youth Privacy

$350 1st Prize - Feb 1st 2012 Deadline

Royal Ottawa Hospital

Mental Health - Make a Video - End Stigma
$2,000 1st Prize Jan 27th 2012 Deadline

Fraser Institute Video Contest:
$2,000 First Prize - Deadline Dec 30th, 2011

WSIB Student Video Contest:
videos about the importance of workplace health and safety
$2,000 1st Prize (contest details and deadline not yet announced)

Multimedia Film Festival of York Region
Exploring the rich diversity as well as social and environmental
challenges/progress with our region

Kaleidoscope Read Work Vide Challenge
Video REAL WORLD life changing experience!
Toronto Student Film Festival
Your Voice, Your Story, Your Impact

York Region Film Festival
The contest/film festival is open to virtually all (6-years of age and
up). Almost anyone and everyone are encouraged to enter a submission
regardless of experience or expertise. In fact, sometimes the best
films are made by lay persons with the use of amateur equipment. It is
all in the storytelling.

Eco Action Video Challenge
Your school could be one of four to win $2,000 towards implementing an
eco-friendly project—all you have to do is get creative and get
involved! ECO Canada challenges you and your peers to create a short
video about an environmental issue in your community and the
environmental careers associated with that issue.

Unicef “Make a difference” One minute Video Contest
Create a one-minute video telling the world how young people are
speaking out, taking action and making a difference. …they post many varieties of competitions that
are cross curricular …it is about personal
www.barebonesfilmfestoo.…feature students videos and films
during spring break

MADD Canada Annual Multimedia Contest
“Are you creative? Are you graphically inclined? Do you think you can
direct a movie? Do you have a way with words? Then MADD Canada wants
you to enter your production for the Annual Multimedia Contest.”

Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge, an online video contest for
youth under 18. The contest deadline is March 31, 2011. Submit your
video online and participate to have a REAL WORLD life changing

UNICEF Create a one-minute video telling the world how young people
are speaking out, taking action and making a difference.

Freeze Frame’s Youth Video Contest is divided into two age groups:

Here’s your chance to get creative and make a video to share your
thoughts on workplace health and safety, and injury prevention.

Let’s talk tobacco

Youth Video Contest

March 10 2011

March 25th 2011
16th Annual
SEARS Canadian
High School Design Competition (found under Youth Programs)
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GRAPHIC DESIGN2011 Competition Certificate
Every year the Sears Canadian High School Design Competition awards certificates to all winning and honourable mention entries across the
4 categories at both the junior and senior levels.

The challenge is to design the 2011 Sears Canadian High School Design Competition certificate, considering the target audience and the cross discipline approach of the competition. The certificate should be 8.5” x 11” in size and should not contain any specialty cutouts. The competition title should be prominent. The certificate should contain both the Design Exchange logo and the Sears logo (downloadable from the competition website). A space needs to be provided for the DX President’s name and signature (see competition website for full details).

A space needs to be provided for the winner’s name, school, and competition category. Entries should include artwork (hand or computer generated), a small paragraph that details the design process and decisions, and, if possible, a disc with the artwork file.
October 31st, 2009
A Multimedia Contest for Students

The Art of Celebration
Kick off your school year – Win a Flip Video Camera!

What do YOUR STUDENTS want to celebrate?

All of us celebrate important occasions that reflect significant or meaningful times in our lives.
This year, the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario ([1]ECOO) is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We are set to celebrate!
Have your students create and submit a multimedia presentation and you could _win a Flip Video Camera for your classroom __and a two-day ECOO Conference Registration!_

Consider the following ideas to guide your multimedia presentation:
• The difference a person has made in your community
• The difference a technology has made in your life
• A celebration of personal or classroom learning
• A cultural event or time
• A prominent event from your life
• A personal observance or day of remembrance

The "Art of Celebration" Contest is administered by the ECOO conference committee and will take place from _September 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009.

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" -- Dr. Seuss

Reflect on the art of celebration. What is “that little bit more”? Consider how best to illustrate your feelings. Any type of creative multimedia
project; slideshow, animation, podcast, video, is acceptable providing it is submitted in an internet friendly format. Please note that if student images are used, proper media releases must be provided.
December 1st, 2009
HighSchoolPoster_V7_En_Small.jpgOCRI has been asked by Anthony Whitehead, a professor at Carleton University’s School of IT, to forward information to you on an exciting opportunity for high school students to participate in a high school multimedia competition – a chance for students to demonstrate their creativity and appreciate potential career paths: web and web services, film and gaming.

Details of this competition are at:
December 11th, 2009
We have a winner
We have a winner
Youth Privacy
Last year's finalists can be viewed at


My Privacy and Me National Video Competition 2009
We have exciting news! We’ve just launched our 2009 My Privacy & Me National Video Competition. Again, we’re asking you to create your own public service announcement on the issue of privacy. Your video should be between 60 and 120 seconds long, and speak to other young people about how important privacy is. You can record it, animate it – present it however you like. And as long as the focus is on some aspect of personal privacy you can make it about whatever you want.

Get inspired by watching the 2008 winning and finalist videos here. Just think – YOU could be our next contest winner!
What’s in it for me? Last year’s winners won some pretty cool prizes – an iPod Touch, gift cards to their favourite stores and we posted the videos on our web sites and YouTube channel – so they were seen by tonnes of kids! Plus, the top-participating schools won top-of-the-line video editing software packages. Stay tuned for information about this year’s prizes!

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is launching the second annual My Privacy and Me national video competition for youth ages 12 to 18. One of the primary objectives of the contest is to raise the awareness of the importance of privacy through the development of video public service announcements.

Finalists from the 2008 contest may be viewed at

Additional information may be found at the same website. Videos must be submitted prior to Friday December 11, 2009.