HMSA launches Teen Video Awards contest

The Hawai’i Medical Service Association, in conjunction with the Hawaii Department of Education, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Hawaii Meth Project, and the Domestic Violence Action Center, have announced the launch of the 2013 HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest.

The annual video contest challenges middle- and high-school students to create public service announcements focusing on teen health issues.

Students should submit videos in one of the following categories: addiction prevention, healthy living, mental health and teen safety.

Students must submit fully produced 27-second PSAs. Judges will select winners based on content, impact/effectiveness creativity and videography. Winning videos will be broadcast on local television stations.

Winners will receive funds for their school to purchase video equipment or software. The prizes in each category are as follows: first place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will rreceive $250. The Best of Show will receive an additional $1,000. The Hawaii Meth Project, MADD and the Domestic Violence Action Center will award special prizes for the top video on the risks of meth use, underage drinking, and dating or family violence, respectively. There will also be a $500 award for the best middle-school submission.

The public can also vote for their favorite videos at from 8 a.m. April 1 to 4 p.m. April 12. The video with the most votes will win $500.

The deadline for submissions is March 4. HMSA will notify finalists in early April and announce the winners at an awards ceremony May 8 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Information packets, including contest rules, entry forms, release forms and copyright information, have been distributed to schools statewide. Contest information and entry materials are also available on HMSA’s website at

HMSA will accept both group and individual entries.

HMSA started the HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest in 2004.