As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Red Ribbon Week campaign, DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are cosponsoring this Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing alcohol and drug misuse among college students.
After drug traffickers murdered DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, Red Ribbon Week has become an annual event highlighting the importance of preventing drug misuse in our nation’s schools and communities. Each year from October 23–31, people across the United States show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.
Past Contest Winners
2019 Contest Winner: Troy University (Alabama)
Congratulations to Troy University! Students at the Alabama school created the video that won first place in the 4th annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest. Watch the video above.
2016: "Why Not," Keene State College (New Hampshire) Watch.
2017: An animated entry from Towson State University (Maryland) Watch.
2018: "Live Your Best Life," (North Dakota State College of Science) Watch.
2019: Video PSA produced by the student-led group Trojan Outreach (Troy University) Watch.
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Our recent Twitter Chat about the Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest covered all the basics! Check out the full chat here.
The winner will be announced during the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ 2021 Strategies Conference (www.naspa.org/events/strategies). This conference provides student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively prevent alcohol and drug misuse among college students through comprehensive and integrated approaches. The college or university with the winning PSA will receive a plaque and $3,000 to support their campus’s drug misuse prevention efforts. The winning college or university also will receive complementary registration for up to two people to attend the conference.
The contest is an opportunity for colleges and universities to demonstrate how students are taking action to prevent alcohol and drug misuse on their campus, and to inspire and challenge others to take action to prevent alcohol and drug misuse among college students.
Institutions of higher education that offer an associate’s or bachelor’s degree are eligible. Previous winners under this contest must wait one year before entering the contest again.
The contest begins on September 14, 2020, and ends on November 9, 2020 (referred to as the Entry Period throughout the rest of these rules). Entries must be submitted within the Entry Period to be eligible. Any entry received outside of these dates will be disqualified.
During the Entry Period, visit www.campusdrugprevention.gov/psacontest and click on the “Submit My Entry” button. This will direct you to a brief form to complete and a place to upload your video link. To submit your video, you need to upload it to your own YouTube, Vimeo, or Daily Motion account first, and then provide a link to your video in the entry form. Note: Only one entry per college or university is allowed, and entrant’s e-mail address must end in .edu.
By submitting your video PSA (entry), you agree that your entry is eligible (see “What is an Eligible Entry?”) and conforms to the content restrictions (see “What are the Content Restrictions?”). Submitting your entry also implies consent to the contest’s sponsors to use the entry as appropriate, regardless of its selection as the contest’s winner. The contest’s sponsors, in their sole discretion, may disqualify your entry from the contest if they believe it fails to conform to these official rules.
To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content and technical requirements:
The PSA must be between 30–60 seconds. PSAs that exceed 60 seconds will be disqualified.
The PSA must focus on the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week and the commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The PSA must include the mandatory end frame provided by DEA here.
The PSA must focus on preventing alcohol and drug misuse among college students. Entries that focus only on alcohol misuse or only on drug misuse will be disqualified.
The PSA must inspire others to take action to prevent alcohol and drug misuse among college students.
The entry must be uploaded to the entrant’s own YouTube, Vimeo, or Daily Motion account and a link to the video must be provided as part of the entry.
The entry cannot be previously submitted in a promotion of any kind, or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.
Entrants must obtain all applicable consents, approvals, or licenses to submit their entry.
Each entry will be judged by a five-person panel of objective reviewers, comprised of federal government staff and a college student, who will evaluate and score the entry. Each entry will receive a score from 0-100 depending on how well it responds to the following criteria.
Appropriateness of Message (50 points)
- The PSA focuses on the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week and the commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
- The PSA demonstrates how college students are taking action on their campus to prevent alcohol and drug misuse.
- The PSA inspires and challenges others to take action to prevent alcohol and drug misuse among college students.
Creativity and Originality (30 points)
- The PSA exhibits creativity in its design and execution.
- The PSA exhibits original ideas, concepts, and content.
- The PSA is memorable, relevant, and interesting.
Production Value (20 points)
- The PSA is visually strong and appealing.
- The video quality is high resolution and the graphics are legible.
- The audio quality is balanced and audible.
The winner will be notified by DEA via e-mail on or around December 9, 2020. The winner will be required to submit the video file in a QuickTime/MOV, WMV, MPEG, or AVI format, as well as sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability, and Publicity Release. The winner also will need to provide a brief description of how they intend to use the award funds in support of their campus’s drug misuse prevention efforts.
If the winner cannot be contacted, fails to complete and return the affidavit within the required timeframe, and/or does not comply with these official rules, the winner will forfeit the prize. If the winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, at the contest sponsors’ sole discretion.
Acceptance of the prize shall constitute and signify the winner’s agreement and consent that the contest sponsors and their designees may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, entry, and/or prize information in connection with the contest for promotional, advertising, or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission, or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.
Contact Rich Lucey, Senior Prevention Program Manager, Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section, Drug Enforcement Administration, by phone (202–598–8900) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).