K-8 Classroom Contest

2020 Meijer Great Choices Junior Student Film Festival
Open to all Michigan grades K-8 classrooms  

Help your classmates around the State of Michigan understand what it means to Build Character, Celebrate Diversity, or Promote Healthy Living. This competition is designed for students from Michigan K-8th grade classrooms, with the top winning PSA's in each category receiving a classroom grant. Then in the fall of 2020 the winning videos will be available for all Michigan schools to stream from the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival website.

With the guidance of teachers, students in grades K-8 can take this opportunity to enter a class-made :30 PSA (a maximum :30 public service announcement) on one of the topics. Your audience is Michigan students in grades K-6.

Follow the PDF DocumentContest Rules and Guidelines , then create your class-made PSA video. Then teachers can upload the video between February 3 through 28. PSA's will be online for the general public to vote beginning March 4; public voting ends March 29. You can vote more than once, but not more than once per video per day.  

Between March 4th and 29th, be sure to encourage your family, friends and school staff to vote for your video. The top three videos in each category with the most votes win classroom grants! Please note that a classroom can only win one classroom grant per category.

2020 Schedule for K-8 Classroom Film Competition

Online video submission process opens
February 3

Submission period ends
February 28

Voting begins
March 4

Voting ends
March 29

Winners announced
April/May, 2020

To Do List:

  1. Review the Helpful Information for Character , Health , Diversity .
  2. PDF DocumentRules and Guidelines
  3. PDF DocumentTalent Release Form(s)
  4. Upload your video February 3-28, 2020
  5. Vote and encourage friends, family, school staff, and friends to vote for your PSA March 4-29, 2020
  6. Check out the awards

Building Character Winning Videos

First Place 2019 - Be Yourself
Three Fires Elementary, Jill Cain

Second Place 2019 - Light Up the Darkness
Levey Middle School Honors Choir, Mary Wynn

Third Place 2019 - Even a Small Act can Change Someone's Day
St. Michael Parish School, Jean Simon

Judges Choice Award 2019 - Connecting with Others by Sharing Our Ideas
Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy, Susan Lee

Promoting Healthy Living Winning Videos

First Place 2019 - Healthy Living
Our Lady of Refuge School, Jennifer Bowyer

Second Place 2019 - Don't abuse Over the Counter Drugs
Lakewood Middle School, Michelle Endsley

Third Place 2019 - Be Healthy Be Active Be Strong
Three Fires Elementary, Kim Hahn

Judges Choice 2019 - Make the Healthy Choice
Byron Center West Middle School, Janine Campbell

Celebrating Diversity Winning Videos

First Place 2019 - Everyone's Different
Three Fires Elementary,  Kim Hahn

Second Place 2019 - Rest In Peace
Parchment Middle School, Amanda Militzer

Third Place 2019 - Diverse like the Ocean
St. Michael Parish School, Jean Simon

Judges Choice Award 2019 - If I Had the Chance to Start Over
North Muskegon Middle School, HeatherClaussen

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