2019 Video Contest

The Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is closed and complete for 2019

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Partnered with MEC and the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, please stay tuned for contest details in 2020!

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.

The Grand Prize is a 3 day trip to Banff National Park where the winning short film will be screened during the opening weekend of the Film Festival to a sold out audience. 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.

Updates are on Facebook and Twitter

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 filmmaking!)

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!


4 minutes or less.


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


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 2019 TMO Film Contest poster here.

To check out winning videos from last year, click here.

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