2022 Video Contest

The Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is open for submissions

Partnered with MEC and the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, we’re excited to host this video contest across Canada!

We want to see how amazing Canada’s backyard is, wherever you live!

And that’s the theme to this contest: Canada’s Backyard – show us why we have one of the best backyards in the world and how you like spending time in it!

Individual students can enter or it can be a group/class project. Submissions will be accepted until midnight (ET) on Sept 16th, 2022.

The Grand Prize is a 3 day trip to Banff National Park where the winning short film will be screened online during the Film Festival, typically the last week of October and first week of November.

There are some great prizes from MEC as well – all aimed at getting students outside! A huge thanks to MEC and the Banff Centre for their support in this project. It truly is a remarkable Grand Prize to have the winner visit Canada’s first and oldest National Park! We also want to thank Caribou Properties and Banff Airporter for providing food and transportation to the winning student while in Banff. This community has truly supported this contest and is committed to engaging youth in exploring Canada’s amazing backyard.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email or check out the Official Rules and Guidelines for more info.

Updates can also be found on Facebook and Twitter !

Past Winners

Looking for inspiration from past years?

  1. 2021 Student Video Contest winners
  2. 2019 Student Video Contest winners
  3. 2018 Student Video Contest winners

So what do you need to know?

Grades K-6 Student Category

Submissions in this category can have help from a parent in filming and editing, provided the skill set of filming by the parent is still amateur (ie- we’re not wanting parents who have a professional background in film-making!)

Grades 7-12 Student Category

Submissions in this category must be filmed and edited solely by the student making the submission.

Grade K-12 Class Category

Submissions in this category can be submitted by teacher or student, but must be filmed and edited by the students or teacher in that class. Only one submission per class!

Length

4 minutes or less.

Language

Videos can be created in any language. English subtitles must be used in all non-English videos.

Tips

We are storytelling creatures. We want to hear yours!  Get creative. Tell us, and better yet, show us why Canada has the best backyard in the world and how you like spending time in it. If you’re submitting in the individual student category, there are so many different ways you can film this and so many options for showcasing Canada and all it has to offer.

If it’s your class making a submission, show us how you’re finding adventures and exploring beyond the schoolyard fence. Does your class go on field trips? How does your teacher enable you to explore outside the classroom? What adventures are used as learning opportunities while exploring Canada’s backyard?

What kind of story will you tell? Great stories come in many different forms – a short drama, comedy, montage, documentary – the options are endless. Figure out how you want to tell yours, then make it your own!

Don’t forget to check out our Rules and Guidelines before submitting your video.

To learn more, email info@takemeoutside.ca

Download and print the 2022 TMO Film Contest poster below.

The Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is in partnership with: