Video Contest







"To flush or not to flush, that is the question?" While Shakespeare probably wasn't concerned with what should or shouldn't have gone down the toilet, the times have changed indeed. Many people believe that toilets are trash cans that simply take their garbage and personal wastes away or perhaps, straight to the ocean, untreated! That is why we're seeking public service announcements (PSA) or videos, that creatively explain what does or does not belong down our toilets. You can create a newscast, news story, skit, animation, commercial or even a music video. Let your imagination run wild, but please follow the instructions carefully if you'd like to be considered for a cash prize!

Who May Enter:

Florida high school students in grades 9-12. Entries can be a team or individual effort. Limit one entry per person.


Entry Form:

A completed entry form must be submitted for every student involved in the production of the video. Please ensure the entry form includes all names of those submitting the video, the title of the video, and the name of your high school. Download an entry form here.


Entry Guidelines:

Each video entry must be uploaded to YouTube as an .mp4 or .mov file and be identified with the video title and high school name. The completed entry form and releases, as well as the YouTube link should be sent to your County Contact. 

Your production must not exceed 45 seconds in length.

NO professional assistance or use of copyright material is allowed (such use will result in an automatic disqualification).

Any videos depicting violence, disparaging remarks, illegal or offensive (included implied) content and/or solicitations for donations will be disqualified. All videos should be family friendly and viewable by all ages. Videos must not reflect religious or political views.


Submission Deadline:

All materials must be submitted to the County Contact by 11:59 P.M. on February 12, 2021. If you have questions, please call your County Contact.


Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged by an independent review committee. Please consider the following:

  • Does your video identify items that are or are not safe to flush?

  • Is your video family friendly and viewable by all ages?

  • Are your facts accurate? Not sure? Ask your County Contact!

  • Does your video empower the audience to take action and put those unflushable items in the trash?

  • Is the video between 30 and 45 seconds in length? 

  • Is the video in a .mp4 or .mov format?

  • Did you upload your video to YouTube and include your high school name along with a title?

  • Is the audio and technical construction clear and of high quality?

  • Is it entertaining? Is it creative and original?

  • Did you complete an entry form for each person involved in the production of the video?

  • Extra points if you mention the 3 "P's"! Hint: what three things can you flush that start with the letter "P"?

 

Helpful Links

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) "The Unflushables"

Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) "What Not to Flush"

Miami-Dade County "Think Before you Flush"

https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/water/think-before-you-flush.page

Pinellas County Utilities "What is Wastewater? Let's make some at the South Cross Bayou Advanced Water Reclamation Facility"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswBauiKbAQ&t=13s




County Contacts:

Please submit your entries to the individuals listed below based on your school location.

Alachua County
Ron Trygar
352-294-3881

Broward County
Suzanne Mechler
561-571-3756

Clay, Duval, Nassau & St. Johns County
Amy Tracy
904-508-9839

Hillsborough, Pasco & Pinellas County
Shea Dunifon
727-582-2898

Miami-Dade County
Melody Gonzalez
786-347-1360

Orange County
Debbie Sponsler
407-254-9802

Osceola & Polk County
Mary Rose Cox
407-944-5142

Martin, Palm Beach & St. Lucie County
Ashley Dirou
561-400-7034

For counties not listed, please contact:

Shea Dunifon
727-582-2898

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